PRINCE OF WALES
THE boy who was born to Charles I. and Henrietta Maria in St. James's Palace at one o'clock on the afternoon of May 29, 1630, found himself at once a most important person. He was not their first-born; he came to console them for the disappointment of the previous year, when another son, also called Charles, had been, as an old print in the British Museum tells us, 'born, baptized, and buried the same day'.
The most august portents accompanied the event. The whole frame of nature," so runs the New Eikon Basiliké, "takes notice of sovereign births, and compliments them with stars, meteors, flames, thunders, and earthquakes; such honour have all his anointed." As Charles I. rode to St Paul's to give thanks for the safe delivery of the Queen, all eyes were turned to the planet Venus, which happened to be a morning