« PoprzedniaDalej »
7, 8. Two Brussels point lace dresses, with border and trimming of point lace to match ; the one cost 360 guineas, the other 300 guineas.
9, 10. Two dresses of British blond net, elegantly trimmed with blond, and another to wear over satin slips. There were, besides, several dresses of plain satin, handsomely trimmed with lace and net.
11. A morning dress of fine muslin, with three rows of broad Valenciennes lace, the flounce surmounted with broad footing to match ; lace ruff, four breadths of the same, and cuffs to correspond.
12. A fine India muslin dress, with Mechlin lace; flounces, cuffs, and ruff of the same, and a lace cape, trimmed twice round.
13, 14. Two worked dresses for the occasion; very rich scollopped borders of four rows, quilled with net at the top of each row. Laced and worked muslin ruffs and cuffs to match.
Several other dresses, nearly similar.
The jewellery was of the most magnificent description, consisting of a beautiful wreath for the head, composed of rose-buds and leaves, of the most superb brilliants ; a necklace of a single row of large brilliants of the finest lustre, with large drop ear-rings to correspond, and a brilliant cestus of great value. Her Royal Highness had also a pearl necklace, and bracelets with diamond clasps, equally splendid. Her Royal Highness's casket contained other ornaments, consisting of coloured stones, richly encircled with
jewels. She had, besides, a rich diamond armlet, presented by the Prince of Coburg Saalfeld.
It was computed that the wedding-dress alone cost above 10,000l.
The important day at length arrived, looked forward to by many with the most anxious wishes, and by the nation at large with the fondest hopes. Early in the morning, all the streets in the vicinity of the royal residences were crowded with people anxious to obtain a view of the royal bride and bridegroom. But the eager curiosity and anxious desire of the people to see the Prince, with whose person they had hitherto had but few opportunities of being acquainted, constituted the grand and prominent feature of public feeling. The line from Charing-Cross to CarltonHouse, and those along the Mall in St. James's Park were fully occupied, and the fineness of the day corresponding with the interest of the occasion, contributed to increase the multitude. The open space in the Stable Yard, in front of Clarence-House, the residence of the Prince of Coburg Saalfeld, was crowded to excess with well dressed people of all classes. The repeated cheers, and other marks of applause which they expressed, evinced an impatient desire to see his Highness, who, in the most condescending and gentlemanlike manner, frequently complied with their wishes, by coming out upon the balcony and politely bowing to the people, all of whom had a full view of his person. From ten in the morning till five in the afternoon, with the exception of two hours, during which he rode out in his plain
green chariot, he made his appearance three or four times in an hour on the balcony of the first floor. This kindness led very soon to a perfect understanding between him and the multitude who came to see him. As soon as a large number of persons were collected, they signified their anxiety to see his Highness by clapping their hands; when he immediately came forward, bareheaded, and after bowing and standing about a minute before them, retired into
The people then dispersed, and in about a quarter of an hour a fresh multitude was collected, who signified their wishes in the same manner as the preceding, and his Highness came forward to gratify them without delay. He was dressed in a blue coat, with a thin buff waistcoat, and grey pantaloons.
His ready and cheerful exhibition of himself seemed to diffuse the highest satisfaction among the spectators, and exacted long before the close of the day a cordial familiarity. They gave him a hearty welcome, and his easy though modest manners shewed that he felt himself at home amongst them.
About ten o'clock some fine grey horses, chosen from a taste of the Princess for horses of that colour, were brought opposite the Duke of Clarence's. Prince Leopold came out to view them, and expressed himself highly pleased with them. They were then forwarded to the Duke of York's at Oatlands, where the Prince and Princess Charlotte were to retire after the nuptials. About two o'clock he went out in a curricle, and drove to Carlton-House, where his Highness paid a morning visit to the Princess Char
lotte. He rode through the court and stable-yard of
At the Queen's party; at Buckingham-House, were
In the morning a guard of honor of the grenadiers of the foot guards, with the band of the Coldstream
regiment in full dress, marched from the parade into Pall-mall, and the court-yard of Carlton-House, accompanied by Sir N. Conant and Mr. Birnie, the police magistrates, and about 50 police officers and constables to keep order in the public streets. The entrance-hall of Buckingham-House was filled with ladies and gentlemen, who were permitted to station themselves there to see the royal personages as they came out to their carriages. The Princess Sophia of Gloucester, arrived at the Qucen's-Palace, about half-past seven, to accompany the rest of the Royal Family to the Prince Regent's.
The Princess Charlotte, who in the morning had sat to Turnerelli for her bust, dressed at BuckinghamHouse; and a few minutes before eight in the evening, she descended the grand stair-case, conducted by the Princess Augusta on her right and Colonel Stephenson on her left, and proceeded to the entrance of the grand hall, where she was met by the Queen. They entered a carriage; the Queen and the Princess Charlotte sat behind; Princesses Augusta and Elizabeth occupied the front, Princesses Mary and Sophia of Gloucester followed in another carriage: they were escorted by a party of life-guards. As may well be imagined, the crowd in the park exceeded all description. Their numerous appearance occasioned the Princess Charlotte to exclaim, “ Bless me, what a crowd !” The people cheered her loudly all the way to Carlton-House, but the greatest order and decorum prevailed. The royal ladies entered Carlton-House, through the garden-gate, where they were most affec.