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return sent the Marquis of Winchester to congratulate the Prince upon his arrival in London. .
The arrival of his Serene Highness having been communicated to the Queen, Princesses, and the Duke of York, Mr. Desbrow, vice-chamberlain to the Queen, Sir Edward Stopford, attendant on the Princesses, and Colonel Cook, aid-de-camp to the Duke of York, were sent to congratulate his Serene Highness.
On the 30th, Clarence-House was thronged with numerous inquirers. The Lord Chancellor with the mace and in state, the Master of the Rolls, the Bishop of Salisbury, Count Munster, and others, were introduced to the Prince of Saxe-Coburg Saalfeld. Vast crowds continued in front of the house during the day, huzzaing, &c. His Serene Highness frequently appeared at the windows of the balcony on the first floor, to gratify the spectators, when repeated huzzas were given.
In the evening his Serene Highness had a party at dinner.
The Princess Charlotte of Wales received the compliments of a number of distinguished characters.
On the same day the Prince Regent held a court for the purpose of receiving the addresses of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge on the restoration of peace, at which the Prince of Saxe Coburg Saalfeld was formally introduced to his Royal Highness. Prince Leopold arrived about four o'clock in one of the Prince Regent's carriages. He was dressed in regimentals, decorated with a very brilliant Austrian order ; the riband a light blue, watered. He was introduced to
the Prince Regent in due form of court. His Serene Highness had a long conference with the Prince Regent. Soon after he entered, the Princess Charlotte left, to proceed to the Queen's Palace, to attend her Majesty's private court. The populace in the street received her Royal Highness with loud huzzas, as well as Prince Leopold. Her Royal Highness wore a purple silk dress, trimmed with white, and a most beautiful plume of white feathers.
At the close of the court at Carlton House the Prince Regent left it, and proceeded to the Queen's Palace. His Royal Highness introduced the Prince of SaxeCoburg Saalfeld according to court etiquette.
The Prince Regent stopped to dine with his royal mother and sisters. The Princess Charlotte returned to Warwick-House to dinner.
It was originally intended that the royal nuptials should be celebrated with comparative privacy, confining the ceremony to the Royal Family and the great officers of state, but it was subsequently determined that every degree of splendor should be given to this important act. The whole of the Queen's establishment, lords and ladies of the bedchamber, maids of honor, &c. &c., received directions to attend in full costume, and the utmost magnificence prevailed throughout the royal establishments. The Prince Regent, the Commander in Chief, the Princesses, and Royal Dukes, all issued orders to that effect. The heads of every great public department, and the foreign ambassadors maintained a corresponding dignity.
On the day previous to the marriage Prince
Leopold went to Camelford-House, and arrived in time to receive the Queen, the Princess Mary, and the Princess Charlotte of Wales, attended by the Countess of Cardigan, in whose carriage they rode for the sake of privacy. They proceeded to inspect the house, and continued to do so for about two hours. It was found to be very inconvenient, and objectionable in many respects. The entrance from Oxfordstreet is extremely unpleasant. It has but one staircase, and that a very common one, very narrow and very low. It is only one story high. It has a courtyard, it is true, but that is completely exposed to Hereford-street. The Prince returned to ClarenceHouse, where he was received with acclamations by a crowd collected round the house; he afterwards continued to appear frequently at the window of the balcony, to gratify the curiosity of the spectators, till seven o'clock, when he retired to dinner, at which he entertained the foreign ambassadors and ministers.
The following were the preliminary arrangements for the royal nuptials, the ceremony to be as public as certain circumstances could render it.--About fifty of the most distinguished personages to attend, besides the Royal Family, consisting of the Queen, the Prince Regent, the Princesses Augusta, Elizabeth, Mary, and Sophia, the Duchess of York, and the rest of the Royal House. All the members of the cabinet, with their ladies ; the Archbishop of Canterbury, and the foreign ambassadors, and no other persons. In one of the crimson state rooms, the cabinet and foreign ministers were to be assembled ; in another room, the Queen
and the Princesses; in the third, the Prince Regent and his great officers of state.
A grand dinner was to be prepared at Carlton-House, after which the ceremony of the marriage, to take place about nine o'clock, in the state chamber of the palace, where the Prince Regent receives the addresses; the marriage ceremony to be performed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, and afterwards attested with the usual formalities* Her Majesty, the Prince Regent, the bride and bridegroom, and the great officers of state, were to return to the council-chamber, when they and the foreign ministers would pay their compliments to the illustrious pair, who were soon afterwards to leave Carlton House,
After the visit to Camelford-House, the Queen and Princesses proceeded to inspect the wedding dresses of the Princess Charlotte, which consisted of the following:
1. The wedding dress was a slip of white and silver atlas, worn under a dress of transparent silk net, elegantly embroidered in silver lama, with a border to correspond, tastefully worked in bunches of flowers, to form festoons round the bottom; the sleeves and neck trimmed with a most rich suit of Brussels point
* The Paris papers at this time stated, under the head of Dresden,-“ The intended marriage of Prince Leopold of Saxe Coburg Saalfeld, with the Princess Charlotte of Wales, has produced a more intimate connexion between that Court, and the Court of St. James's; and the King of Saxony will sign the marriage, as head of all the princes of the family of Saxe."
face. The mantua was two yards and a half lông, made of rich silver and white atlas, trimmed the same as the dress to correspond. After the ceremony, her Royal Highness was to put on a dress of very rich white silk, trimmed with broad satin trimming at the bottom, at the
top of which were two rows of broad Brussels point lace. The sleeves of this dress were short and full, intermixed with point lace, the neck trimmed with point to match. The pelisse which the royal Bride was to travel in, on her Royal Highness leaving Carlton-House for Oatlands, was of rich white satin, lined with sarcenet, and trimmed all round with broad ermine. Her Royal Highness had also the following dresses made up upon the happy occasion :
2. A dress of white net, embroidered in gold lama, with an elegant border over white satin ; the mantua of an extremely rich gold brocade, with blown roses, richly woven in very thickly all over the dress, and trimmed with broad gold lace.
3. A dress of transparent net, worked in bright and dead silver ; the border, twelve inches deep, in scollops; at each scollop was placed a bunch of barleycorn, in bright and dead silver; the sleeves to match trimmed with point lace over white satin.
4. A silver tissue dress, trimmed with a rich trimming of silver lace and Brussels point.
5. A gold India-worked muslin, in small spots, very thick, and deep border to correspond, and trimmed profusely with Brussels point lace.
6. Another dress, similar to the former, only in sprigs.