Obrazy na stronie

and Serene Highnesses, and may you both live long in the esteem and affection of a free people.”

The Prince and Princess returned the following answer:

« Gentlemen, “ We return you our best thanks for your loyal address, and the expressions of attachment towards us contained in it, which are very gratifying to us.”

After receiving the address, her Royal Highness received a visit from the Princess Sophia of Gloucester; and, having taken an airing to Kew and Richmond, returned to Camelford-House to dinner.

The royal pair having officially announced their intention of visiting the Opera on this evening, the whole of the fashionable world was on the tiptoe to witness their first appearance at a public place of amusement. The boxes and the pit were one conti-, nued blaze of beauty and of fashion, and the price of the boxes, opposite to that which their Royal Highnesses were to occupy, rose to the unprecedented height of ten guineas for the evening. The flourishing bravuras, the graceful shrugs, and the wild distortions of the Italian exotics on this evening, appeared to lose their manifold attractions, for all eyes were directed to that quarter which was, in a short time, to be graced by the presence of two individuals—the most interesting, the most important to the nation. The first act of the opera was over, and yet their Royal and Serene Highnesses made not their appearance. The frowns of displeasure began to appear on the counte

[ocr errors][ocr errors][merged small]

nances of the audience, and many began to think that they had paid their ten guineas to experience the vexatious feelings of disappointment. The ghastly smiles of the dancers, their distortions, and their attitudes of grace, were completely thrown away upon the spectators; and the buz şoon spread about the house, that their Royal and Serene Highnesses were not coming. The divertisement had, however, just closed, when they entered the Regent's box, and were received with the most enthusiastic acclamations, which continued for several minutes, during which the Prince and Princess bowed to the audience. “God save the Kingwas called for, and was sung by all the performers; if bawling and screaming can be called singing. The Opera-house is not the place to hear our national airs sung in their genuine purity; their beauties are disguised in fictitious ornaments, and their simplicity lost in an exuberant display of musical science. The Princess Charlotte, however, joined in the chorus, and appeared highly gratified with the most cordial welcome with which she was received. She frequently nodded to somedistinguished personages whom she recognised in the opposite boxes; and her whole demeanor appeared to be that of a person in the circle of her intimates, rather than that of restraint and ceremony, the general concomitants of that situation in which her Royal Highness was placed. With the consciousness of every eye being upon her, she still maintained an easy and dignified carriage ; and, when she rose to retire, the condescension with which

[ocr errors]

she acknowledged the acclamations of the audience, gave an additional interest to the splendid spectacle.

Accompanied by the Duchess of York, the Princess Charlotte and Prince Leopold attended divine service on the following day, at WhitehalỊ Chapel, when a sermon was preached by the Rev. Mr. Horn, buckle, of St. John's College, Cambridge, from the 16 th chapter of the Gospel of Șt. Luke, and the 8th verse. The Duchess of York sat in the commanderin-chief's pew, on account of her hearing better there. The Prince and Princess sat in the royal closet. The royal visitors, together with the appearance of the royal carriages soon attracted a crowded congregation, and an immense concourse round the chapel. Sir N. Conant having received the royal commands of its being the Princess Charlotte's intention of attending divine service there, he was in attendance, with several police officers, to keep order there.

On Monday, a little before four o'clock, his Serene Highness, accompanied by the Princess Charlotte, went in their close landau to York-House, where they were joined by the Duchess of York. They then visited the British gallery in Pall Mall, previously to the exhibition opening to public view. The Duchess of York was attended by Lady Cullen Smith and General Taylor. The royal party were received by the Marquis of Stafford, the Earl of Aberdeen, Ear! Brownlow, Lord Dundas, the right honorable Charles Long, Sir George Beaumont, Sir Thomas Bernard, Sir Abraham Spencer, and the Rev. W. H. Carr, directors of the institution, who attended the

an hour

royal visitors through the exhibition, and explained
the different subjects. His Serene Highness appeared
particularly gratified, and from his marked attention
to the best pictures, proved his judgment in the
art of painting. They continued about
viewing the pictures, and then returned to York-
House, where they alighted from their carriage. The
Prince and Princess returned immediately to Camel-
ford-House, whither the Duchess of York soon fol-
lowed to dine with them.

The intended visit of the Princess Charlotte and Prince Leopold to Drury-Lane Theatre, to see the performance of the new tragedy of Bertram, on Monday the 20th, attracted at an early hour a brilliant and overflowing audience; the crowd assembled in Russell-street was so very great as to render it altogether impassable. The Prince and Princess did not, however, arrive at the entrance to the theatre until ten minutes before nine o'clock. Every preparation was made by the managers for their reception; matting was laid from the steps of the carriage to the inside of the theatre, where Messrs. Dibdin and Rae were in attendance, dressed in court mourning. They were immediately conducted by the managers with wax lights to the Prince Regent's box, attended by Baron Hardenbroke and General Taylor. When the royal pair entered the box, the last act was in representation and Kean in his most trying scene. The appearance of the illustrious visitors interrupted the progress of the tragedy, and was greeted by acclamations as loud, reiterated, and enthusiastic, as were ever heard in a

[ocr errors]

theatre. The whole of the company then came forward, decorated with white favors, in honor of the royal marriage, and

gave God Save the King,” with all the national spirit and feeling which characterize our English singers. The additional stanzas were admirably sung by Mr. T. Cooke and Miss Nash. The Princess was observed to beat time with her fan on the front of the box, and was frequently in conversation with the Prince. At the conclusion of the national anthem, her Royal Highness bowed very respectfully, and appeared to feel deeply the respect and attention which were shewn her. Her Royal Highness was dressed in mourning, with a chaplet of white roses and lilies round her head. She leaned in the most condescending manner as forward as possible in the front of the box, which is very ill calculated for the audience to see any person in it. The Prince stood in the front on her left hand, dressed in mourning with the insignia of his orders.

On Thursday, the 23d, his Royal Highness the Prince Regent held a court at Carlton House. A few minutes before two o'clock, the Princess Charlotte and Prince Leopold arrived, and were received by the Duke of Clarence, attended by the Regent's household.

His Royal Highness the Prince Regent held a chapter of the Order of the Bath, for the purpose of investing bis Serene Highness the Prince of Coburg Saalfeld with the grand cross of the order.

After this cereniony, her Royal Highness the Princess Charlotte was conducted into the great council

« PoprzedniaDalej »