SPAIN: Not-Quite-Constitutional

The King of Spain lay, wrapped in warm cotton wool, on a cushion. The cushion rested upon a silver platter, and the platter was held high by the Duchess de Medina de los Torres. Such was the unique spectacle presented to the Spanish Councilors of State an instant after the birth of His Majesty Alfonso XIII, then as now King of Spain. Such was the surprising incident which Spaniards recounted again last week, always with the crowning flourish: "Ours is the only monarch ever born a King!"*...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!