• Short Summary

    A 10-DAY-OLD INFANT WHO COULD ONE DAY BE KING OF SPAIN WAS BAPTISED AT THE PALACIO DE LA ZARZUELA, MADRID, ON THURSDAY EVENING (8 FEBRUARY) UNDER THE BENEVOLENT GAZE OF THE HEAD OF STATE, GENERAL FRANCISCO FRANCO.

  • Description

    A 10-DAY-OLD INFANT WHO COULD ONE DAY BE KING OF SPAIN WAS BAPTISED AT THE PALACIO DE LA ZARZUELA, MADRID, ON THURSDAY EVENING (8 FEBRUARY) UNDER THE BENEVOLENT GAZE OF THE HEAD OF STATE, GENERAL FRANCISCO FRANCO. HELD IN THE ARMS OF 80-YEAR-OLD EX-QUEEN VICTORIA EUGENIA, PRINCE FELIPE OF BOURBON WAS CHRISTENED AT THE SMALL COUNTRY PALACE WHERE HIS PARENTS, PRINCE JUAN CARLOS AND HIS WIFE, PRINCESS SOPHIA OF GREECE, LIVE OUTSIDE MADRID.

    EARLIER, EX-QUEEN VICTORIA EUGENIA DROVE THROUGH THE STREETS OF A MADRID SHE HAD NOT SEEN FOR 37 YEARS. SHE FOLLOWED HER HUSBAND, THE LATE ALFONSO XIII, INTO EXILE WHEN THE MONARCHY COLLAPSED IN 1931.

    THE CEREMONY WAS AN EMOTIONAL OCCASION, BRINGING THE FIRST REUNION OF FOUR GENERATIONS OF THE ROYAL FAMILY IN SPAIN SINCE THE DECLARATION OF A REPUBLIC. AND AS ARCHBISHOP BASIMIRO MORCILLO OF MADRID POURED WATER FROM THE JORDAN RIVER OVER THE BABY PRINCE'S FOREHEAD, GENERAL FRANCO'S SERIOUS FEATURES RELAXED INTO WARM SMILES. HE HAS MADE SPAIN A KINGDOM BY LAW, BUT THOUGH 75, HE HAS NOT YET NAMED HIS SUCCESSOR AS HEAD OF STATE. THE PRETENDER IS DON JUAN OF BOURBON, BUT HIS SON, PRINCE JUAN CARLOS, IS ALSO ELIGIBLE FOR THE THRONE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2BV6KFU2FJX7LIR05K6ZGFJII
    Media URN:
    VLVA2BV6KFU2FJX7LIR05K6ZGFJII
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/02/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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