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chamber, or throne room, for the purpose of seeing the spiendid state spectacle of a chapter of the Order of the Garter for the first time, attended by Colonel Addenbroke, Ladies John Thynne and Emily Murray. Her Royal Highness took her station on the right side of the state chair.
The honorable and reverend Dr. Henry Lewis Hobart, dean of Windsor, being introduced, took the required oath of office, and was invested with the insignia of registrar of the order. A new statute was thereupon promulgated by the Chancellor, dispensing with existing statutes, for the purpose of declaring Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg Saalfeld a knight of the order.
His Serene Highness was introduced by Lord Castlereagh and the Earl of Liverpool, and knelt before the Prince Regent; when his Royal Highness, with the assistance of the Duke of York, invested his Serene Highness with the garter and riband of St. George.
The Chancellor then, in an audible tone, pronounced the following admonition :
“ To the honor of God omnipotent, and in memorial of the blessed martyr St. George, tie about thy leg, for thy renown, this noble garter : wear it as the symbol of the most illustrious order, never to be forgotten, or laid aside, that thereby thou mayest be admonished to be courageous, and having undertaken a just war in which thou shalt be engaged, thou mayest stand firm, valiantly fight, and successfully conquer.”
This was pronounced whilst his Serene Highness
was standing, and after that he agajn knelt when the Regent was pleased to place the blue riband upon his left shoulder, his Serene Highness having the Order of the Bath on his right.
The Bishop of Salisbury, as Chancellor, then pronounced the following admonition :
“Wear this riband about thy neck, adorned with the image of the blessed martyr, and soldier of Christ, St. George; by whose imitation provoked, thou mayest so overpass both propitious and adverse adventures, that having constantly vanquished thy enemies, both of body and soul, thou mayst not only receive the praise of this transient combat, but be crowned with the palm of eternal victory."
His Serene Highness then kissed the Prince Regent's hand, and having passed round the table, and severally saluted the knights companions present, withdrew.
The Princess Charlotte and Prince Leopold had their first dinner party on the 23d, at CamelfordHouse, which was honored with the presence of the Prince Regent. His Royal Highness was received at the door by Prince Leopold, who conducted him to the drawing-room, at the entrance to which he was received by the Princess. The party consisted of the particular associates of the Prince Regent's.
On Friday the 24th, at one o'clock, the Princess Charlotte and Prince Leopold, rode out, and called at four o'clock at York-House, to take leave of the Duchess of York, previously to her leaving London for Oatlands. The royal party was soon after joined
by the Duke of York. At a quarter past five o'clock, the Princess Charlotte and Prince Leopold left YorkHouse for Camelford-House, where they dined.
In the evening, the Princess Charlotte and her illustrious consort honored Covent-Garden Theatre, with their presence, to see the excellent comedy of the Jealous Wife, and the romance of Cymon. They arrived before seven o'clock, and entered the theatre by Prince’s-place, Hart-street, where they were received by Mr. Harris, jun., Mr. Fawcett, and Mr. Brandon, in full mourning dresses, who lighted them to the Regent's box. Her Royal Highness spoke to the managers in the mostcondescending and affable manner, hoped she was in time, and had not kept the audience, waiting* The manager presented them with copies of the play of the Jealous Wife, bound in red, and play-bills printed on superior paper. When the Princess and Prince appeared in front of the royal box, they were received with rapturous applause, which
* Our venerable Monarch, who in all business, and in every arrangement of the day, was as punctual as time, alway's deemed it essentially necessary to observe the same punctuality with the audience of the theatres, when he commanded an entertainment there; and in this he followed the example of his illustrious grandfather, George II., who once, when business had detained him a single quarter of an hour, which deferred the beginning of the pay, as he approached the front of his box, took out his watch, and, as it were, presenting its dial to the house, made a condescending bow. I recollect one instance of the present King being detained by a special council, when a message came to the managers in less than half an hour after the usual time of beginning the play, that his Majesty was prevented from coming.
was acknowledged with suitable , sensibility by the illustrious visitors. On the drawing up of the curtain the whole of the company appeared, the ladies dressed in white, in compliment to the recent nuptials. “Gad save the King” was given in the usual impressive manner, and two new and appropriate stanzas were sung by Sinclair and Duruset, with the happiest effect. Their Highnesses were attended by Sir Robert Gardiner and Baron Hardenbroke.
On the 25th, the Princess Charlotte and Prince Leopold received an address of congratulation on their marriage from the city of Bath. The Marquis of Camden, as Recorder of that city, Lord John Thynne, and Colonel Palmer, the members, were at the head of the deputation. The Princess and Prince returned the following answer :
“ Gentlemen, “We have the greatest pleasure in receiving your congratulations, and the assurances of regard and attachment that accompany them.”
The deputation from Bath having taken their leave, the Right Hon. the Lord Mayor was admitted into the presence of his Serene Highness Prince Leopold, to acquaint him with the resolution agreed to by the court of common council, for presenting him with the freedom of the city of London, and to know his pleasure when and in what manner his Serene Highness would be pleased to receive the same.
His Serene Highness was pleased to appoint Friday, the 12th day
An address of congratulation from Windsor, on
their marriage, was also, on the same day, presented to their Serene Highnesses.
In the evening the Princess Charlotte and Prince Leopold honored the Opera-House with their presence. They entered through the Prince's door, Market-lane, and were received by Mr. Read and Mr. Bromley, who lighted them into the Regent's box, which they entered at half past nine, in the middle of the second act of the opera. The performance immediately ceased, and the principal vocal performers came forward, and sang “God save the King,” the verse parts by Madame Fodor and Madame Marconi. The royal pair went in a private manner without attendants.
Except in case of actual indisposition, never did the Princess Charlotte omit repairing to church on the sabbath. In the midst of the splendid gaieties of high life or in the captivating pursuits of the fashionable world, she never lost sight of the performance of her religious duties, for her mind seemed to be imbued with the principles of genuine piety of that piety which is necessary for all, but still most necessary for one in her exalted station; it being the duty of those who are born to govern the people, to be themselves the first to shew obedience to God. But it was not only in her public, but in her private devotions, that this Princess shone conspicuous. In her exalted station, the pursuits of her retired hours could not pass unnoticed ; and her exercises of public devotion, which were known, fell very far short of those in private which were not known. In public, her demeanour was grave and