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punctilios of a court kept vice in awe and her Serene Highness was always surrounded with female companions. In short, the court of Brunswick was more remarkable for its levity than for its immorality, and for its hospitality more than for its pageantry. The majority of her female companions were old ladies, whose formal manners ill accorded with the unreserved vivacity of youth; but with her young female companions she was always happy and merry. It should be remarked, that pride, however necessary it may be deemed by some, in exalted characters, was wholly abolished from the court of Brunswick; therefore her serene highness frequently conversed with many of her domestics, or humble attendants, a' condescension which would be considered highly derogatory to the dignity of an English princess; she was consequently beloved by all classes of her country people ; and this love her Highness evidently preferred to that respect which is extorted by superciliousness.
Her serene highness was fond of music; she participated in all the innocent amusements of her country, and chiefly devoted her leisure bours to mechanical pursuits. Several ingenious toys baskets, &c have been made and worked by her serene highness. During her domestic occupa- . tions, her beauty attracted the notice of strangers, and their cursory compliments were generally re
ceived with charaeteristic politeness which might be termed familiarity by those who were unacquainted with the manners and ceremonies of Brunswick. Her serene highnesss always ex, pressed a partiality for the “good and brave English,” as she always styled them. Some months after the Freneh Revolution she had an interview with her cousin, his R. H. the Duke of York, and from that time, an alliance with this illustrious family began to be contemplated; which was strong ly recommended by the duchess of Brunswick. The marriages of patentates, however, are generally brought about by motives of state policy ; indeed the marriage of the heir apparent of the Bri. tish crown has always been considered of the highest national importance. At this time his R. H. the Prince of Wales laboured under a load of pecuniary embarrassments; and his majesty peremptorily refused to discharge his debts. Greatly to the satisfaction of the nation, he consented to accept the hand of her serene highness; though it had been generally supposed that his Royal High ness was averse to marriage, and better satisfied with “ disencumbered, anti-matrimonial love," as he had resisted for some time all proposals that were made to him on this subject.
On the morning of the 30th of December 1794, the Princess of Wales (as her serene highness now became by contract) accompanied by the duch
ess her mother and attended by an immense reti. nue left Brunswick amidst the tears and acclamations of the populace. On their arrival at Piena the Duchess was taken ill, but soon recovered so as to be able proceed to the palace of Helinghousen, near Hanover, where their Royal Highnesses dined. By easy stages they reached Osnaburg on the 3rd. of January, 1795, where they were met by a messenger from Lord St. Helens, announcing the return of Commodore Payne's Squadron to England and the danger of entering Holland during the present critical epoch. The Bishop's Palace had been fitted
up for the reception of the royal visitors. After a stay of a few weeks at Hanover, where their Royal Highnesses had been invited by the Regency for the sake of better accommodation, they proceeded to Cruxhaven; and having embarked on board his majesty's ship Jupiter on the 28th. of March, they sailed from thence the following morning with a strong convoy and on the 5th. of April, about noon, landed safe and in perfect health at Greenwich; whence the Princess of Wales proceeded to his majesty's palace at St. James's where she arrived between two or three o'clock in the after
Great preparations were made for the reception of her Royal Highness and a present of valuable jewels provided for the princess which was manufactured by Mr. Jeffreys, then one of the Prince of Wales's principal creditors. Those which the jew eller first submitted to the queen's inspection, were not deemed sufficiently costly for the purpose, and others of double their value were provided by her majesty's express desire.
The marriage of the royal pair was anxiously looked for by all the people of the united kingdom--an event which, it was fondly anticipated, would tend to the happiness of the whole country. On Wednesday evening, the 8th of April, these royal nuptials took place at 8 o'clock : there was a very numerous and brilliant assemblage of nobility and gentry in the public apartments at St. James's, for the purpose of attending the marriage of his R H. George Prince of Wales with the Princess Caroline of Brunswick. Those who were invited to the drawing room assembled at seven.
About half past eight the necessary regulations having been made, and the arrangements formed for the occasion, the procession began to move and proceeded with a solemn splendor to the ch apel royal :
Drums and Trumpets,
Serjeant Trumpeter, who filed off at the door of the Chapel. Sir Clement Cottrell Dormer, Master of theCeregionies. Her Highness's gentleman usher between two senior Heralds. Right Hon. Charles Greville, his majesty's Vice Chamberlain,
Marquis of Salisbury, his Majesty's Lord Chamberlain. The two Lady Stewarta, daughters to the Earl of Galloway, strewed flowers.
THE PRINCESS, In her nuptial habit, namely: A royal robe, silver tissue petticoat, covered with silver Venetian net and silver tassels ; body and train of silver tissue, festooned on each side with large cord and tassels; sleeves and tippet fine point lace, and the bands of the sleeves embroidered with plumes of feathers; a royal mantle of crimson velvet, silver cord and tassels, trimmed with ermine. Her Royal Highness was led by the Duke of Clarence,
And attended by
The Countess of Cholmondeley.
Miss Colman, Miss Erskine,
These were followed by
Bride's Maids to her Royal Highness. Dressed all alike, viz: A crape petticoat, embroidered with silver spangles and stripes of silver foil, with fringe and tassel; white satin body and train, trimmed with silver fringe, festooned with silver cord and tassels; the cap embroidered, silver bandeau and spangled crape, trimined with laurel and the Prince's plume.
Sir Clement Cottrell Dormer, Master of the Ceremonies, with Sir Francis Molyneux, Gentleman Usher, retired to the places assigned them.
Marquis of Salisbury, Lord Chamberlain, Mr. Charles Greville,