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Although the drawing-room was not to commence till two o'clock, the company began to arrive a little after twelve, and continued to arrive till past four at all the different entrances. Some of the distinguished characters who came to court were kept in their carriages in the regular ranks; some of them frequently reached to Oxford-street, and some who resided in St. James's-square, had to go as far as Oxford-street before they could get into the rank ; but, notwithstanding the immense collection of carriages, no accident of any importance occurred. The entrance of the company at one time was so extremely great, that there was a complete stoppage under the covered colonnade for an hour.
The grand objects of attraction, the royal pair, arrived at a quarter before two o'clock in state, their carriage being preceded by three others, in which were Lady Emily Murray, Lady John Thynne, Mrs. Campbell, Miss Coates, Sir Robert Gardiner, Colonel Addenbroke, and the Hon. Mr. Percy, escorted by a party of the Life-Guards, and followed with the greetings of the public.
A few minutes after two o'clock, Her Majesty entered the drawing-room with her numerous and distinguished family. The Queen took her usual station, her chamberlain, vice-chamberlain, and other attendants standing on her left, and the Royal Family to her right. Her Majesty then proceeded to receive the congratulations of the splendid, brilliant, and highly distinguished throng. They passed on from the Queen to the Princess Charlotte, Prince Leopold, &c.;
they all appeared to vie with each other in their hearty compliments and good wishes. Her Majesty also received an address of congratulation from the borough and town of Guildford, by Lord Grantley, the High Steward, and the Recorder, accompanied by General Norton. Her Majesty also received several other addresses from different places.
The exterior of the palace as well as the interior, had the most splendid and fascinating appearance. The company, who had paid their congratulatory respects to the Queen at the commencement of the drawing-room, were not able to leave the palace, as their carriages could not draw up till all the company had been set down. The windows of the palace were filled with the elegantes, others promenaded the palace court-yard and the grass-plot; and such an assemblage gave it the exact appearance of a grand fête, or a gala of rejoicing. Indeed it only required a few harlequins and other such ridiculous non-descript characters, with a few hurdygurdies and grinding organs, to render it in all respects a splendid masquerade. The clergy in their canonicals--the soldier and the sailor in their uniform--the judges in their robes—the lawyers in their full-bottom wigs—the noblemen in their embroidered suits—and the gentlemen in their plain attire,
all were in confusion met,
The mildness of the weather being extremely favorable to the occasion, the effect of the promenade was considerably heightened by the performance of some charining pieces by the band.
The top of the Queen's guard-house was covered with respectable persons; several trees were filled, and the parks were crowded with people and carriages to an extraordinary degree.
The Princess Charlotte and Prince Leopold left, with their suites in the same state as they came, the guard of honor saluting with military honors; and the band playing “ God save the King.” The bishops, judges, and other distinguished characters, formed a line for them to pass through in the courtyard, bowing and curtseying to the royal pair as they passed, who returned the compliments with the greatest affability and condescension. On entering the park, they were received with loud huzzas by the populace. The
company had not left the palace till Aearly seven o'clock.
The dress of the Princess Charlotte, on this occasion, was unusually superb. It consisted of a petticoat of rich silver tissue, and draperies of net, most magnificently embroidered in silver lama, with deep borders, beaded with a costly silver rolio; the draperies elegantly supported with a most brilliant cord of real silver bullion, and very superb silver tassels below the draperies; the dress finished with a most beautiful and elegant garniture in silver lama and tulle, most tastefully designed; mantua of rich silver tissue, with superb border of lama, and the sleeves profusely
trimmed with the most beautiful Brussels point-lace; rich silver band, fastened in front with diamonds; head-dress, a most superb wreath of the richest and most brilliant diamonds, forming roses and leaves, with a most elegant ostrich plumage. The whole dress surpassed all conception in the grandeur, magnificence, and brilliancy of its effects.
With the warmest congratulations to the industrious and skilful manufacturers of this country, it must be noticed, that all the magnificent articles of the Princess Charlotte's wardrobe, on the occasion of her marriage, were of British manufacture, and of the richest kind, with the exception of the Brussels, Mechlin, and Valenciennes laces.
They must feel no little pride at this encouragement given to their exertions, and may such a reward for their strenuous endeavours to attain perfection, add a double vigour to their future undertakings.
On the following day, the Princess Charlotte and Prince Leopold took an airing, and a very serious accident had nearly occurred to them, as their curricle was turning into the Park by Cumberland-gate, Oxford-road, owing to a single horse-chaise having been upset just at that time in Park-lane ; by which means though the chaise was still on its wheels, the body was reversed, and knocking on the ground, as the animal rushed along with it, which rather impeded its course. The horse was going on at a most furious rate, and passed the curricle within half a foot, but fortunately, without coming in contact. Some serious mischief was apprehended, as several carriages and horsemen
were waiting about the spot to gratify their curiosity ; fortunately, no accident happened.
Saturday, the 18th, was the day appointed by the Princess Charlotte and Prince Leopold to receive the address of congratulation on their marriage from the borough and town of Guildford ; and, accordingly, Lord Grantley the High Steward for the borough, and Mr. Serjeant Onslow one of the members for the town, waited upon their Royal Highnesses at Camelford-House, in their full court-dress. The following is a copy of the address :
“ We, your Royal and Serene Highnesses' most affectionate and devoted servants, the Mayor, High Steward, Recorder, and Magistrates, and approved men, together with the other inhabitants of the town and borough of Guildford, in the county of Surrey, beg leave to offer to your Royal and Serene Highnesses our warmest and most sincere congratulations on your auspicious union; and to assure you, that a union, so calculated to ensure the domestic felicity of your Royal and Serene Highnesses, is, in every view, a source of satisfactory reflection to the English nation.
“ We rejoice in the opportunity afforded us of addressing a Prince for whom we entertain the highest and most profound regard and respect; to assure your Serene Highness, how fully we participate in every happiness you can experience, and particularly in your union with so illustrious a British Princess.
May these nuptials, so pleasing to the nation, be productive of permanent felicity to your Royal