On the day of his birth, Napoleon gave his ardently desired son the title "King of Rome", whereas he was widely known in France as "the Eaglet" ("l'Aiglon") - the "Son of the Eagle". After the defeat of Napoleon and his final exilation, the Congress of Vienna accorded the title "Duke of Reichstadt" to Napoleon's son. Interestingly, Napoleon Francis Carl is until today known by different names in the different countries of Europe: the French do mainly speak of him as "the Eaglet", Italians refer to him as "King of Rome" and Germans as "Duke of Reichstadt", while the most common designation in the anglo-saxon countries is "Napoleon II.".
However, the birth of an heir to the throne was a reason of great joy for Napoleon, and a big part of Europe celebrated with him. To honor the occasion, the city of Paris offered a throne cradle made of more than 280 kg of silver to the Empress Marie Louise. The iconographic program of the cradle emphasizes the achievements of Napoleon and expresses the hopes which were related to his son:
the cradle stands on horns of plenty, symbols of good government and wealth
force and justice are represented by two little angels
the cradle is decorated with bees on all its sides, representing on one hand the diligence of the citizens of Paris and being on the other hand the personal emblem of Napoleon Bonaparte
one side of the cradle shows - in allusion to the royal title of the newborn - the legendary Capitoline Wolf; the other side is dominated by a representation of Sequana, the goddess of the river Seine, referring to the loyalty of Paris to Napoleon Francis Carl
a representation of the goddess of victory crowns the cradle with a laurel wreath and a star crown. The laurel wreath reminds of the French imperial crown used by Napoleon to incoronate himself. The star crown stands for the glory that France had acheived under the reign of Napoleon.
the largest star of the crown bears the letter "N" for "Napoleon", who was said to be the brightest