The birth of the Princess Clothilda's son.
From the Paris Constitutionnel
we have the following in relation to the birth of the Princess Clothilda's son:
The great event in Paris
during the week previous to the sailing of the steamer was the birth of the Princess Clothilda's son — Victor Jerome Frederica.
He was christened the same day he was born, at eleven, and the Empress
and Prince Imperial called over at two and signed the act of birth, and at night the front of the Palais Royale
was lighted up, as were also the palaces of St. Cloud
Since then each morning the Moniteur
has published a bulletin in relation to the health of the Princess
At first we were told that she had ‘"slept well, and that both she and the young Prince
were as well as could be expected;"’ then that she had commenced having a little ‘"milk fever;"’ then that she had decided, like a true mother and really royal maternal heart, to suckle the young Prince
herself, and that he ‘"had already taken the breast without difficulty; "’ then that a slight inflammation had induced the attending physician to make an application of leeches; and now finally that both ‘"mother and child are doing well. "’ The Empress has been in from St. Cloud
three times during the week, and spent a couple of hours each time with the new mother.
certainly meant that the newly-born heir to the younger branch of his dynasty should not have his importance detracted from by the lack of ceremony attendant upon his birth.
The following detailed arrangement of what should be done on the occasion will be read with interest by those who have been in the habit of looking upon the birth of a child as a common every day affair.
It is a translation of the ceremonial prescribed by the Emperor
As soon as her Imperial Highness, the Princess Marie Clothilda Napoleon
, shall feel the pains which announce a speedy accouchement,
her lady of honor will go to her.
From the arrival of the lady of honor she will take the orders of his Imperial Highness, the Prince Napoleon, and will send to inform.
Her Imperial Highness, the Princess Mathilde, and their Highnesses, the Princes and Princesses of the Imperial
family having rank at court;
The Minister of State, the keeper of the Seals; Minister
of Justice, the President
of the Council of State, the Grand Master
of Ceremonies, the ten witnesses appointed by the Emperor
, viz: Mareschal Count Valliant
of the Empress's house
hold, and Mareschal Count
of the Invalides, the Minister
of the King
, and the officers and ladies of the household of their Imperial Highnesses, the Prince
and Princess Napoleon--all these persons must go to the palais Royal, the gentlemen in costume and ladies in toilet de ville.
At the moment of feeling the last pains, the minister of state, the keeper of the seals, and the prescribed witnesses will be informed, and will enter the chamber of her imperial highness.
Immediately upon the birth of the infant, and after it shall have been presented to their majesties and to their imperial highnesses, the Prince
and Princess Napoleon, by its nurse, it will be presented to the minister of state and the keeper of the seals, who will pass immediately into the adjoining saloon, where they will find the President
of the Council of State.
Here will be drawn up the process verbal
of the birth of the infant in the presence of the witnesses prescribed by the Emperor
The names of the infant will be given, and the act of birth will be signed by their majesties, their imperial highnesses the Prince Napoleon and the Princess Marie Clothilda Napoleon
, her imperial highness the Princess Mathilde, their imperial highnesses the Princes and Princesses of the imperial family having rank at Court
, the Minister
of State, the Keeper of the Seals, and the President
of the Council of State, the witnesses, the Grand Master
of Ceremonies, and the officers and ladies of the Prince
and Princess Napoleon.
The infant will then be taken into its apartment by the governess, accompanied by the first Chamberlain
of their imperial highnesses, and the first Aide-de-camp
of the Prince Napoleon.
In this apartment will be placed the persons named by the Emperor
for the service of the infant.
His imperial highness the Prince Napoleon, being returned into his grand apartment, will there receive the felicitations of the persons present.