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he descended, and examined this But the most characteristic portion beautiful animal with the closeness of the display consisted in the comand critical eye of a judge.
manding - officers who attended, to On Wednesday, the pageant in give this unusual mark of respect to which emperors most delight was ex- the Emperor. hibited—a review of the royal guards. Wellington, the conqueror of a There are so few troops in England, hundred fights,” rode at the head of as the Prince de Joinville has the the grenadier guards, as their colonel. happiness" to observe, that a review Lord Combermere, general of the on the continental scale of tens of cavalry in the Peninsula, rode at the thousands, is out of the question. head of his regiment, the first life Yet, to the eye which can discern the guards. The Marquis of Anglesey, excellence of soldiership, and the com- general of the cavalry at Waterloo, pleteness of soldierly equipment, the rode at the head of his regiment, the few in line before the Emperor on this royal horse guards. Sir George Murday, were enough to gratify the intel- ray, quartermaster-general in the ligent eye which this active monarch Peninsula, rode at the head of the turns upon every thing. The infantry artillery, as master-general of the were—the second battalion of the ordnance. His royal highness the grenadier guards, the second battalion Duke of Cambridge rode at the head of the Coldstream guards, the second of his regiment, the Coldstream. His battalion of the fusilier guards, and royal highness Prince Albert rode the forty-seventh regiment. The at the head of his regiment, the Scotch cavalry were—two troops of the royal fusiliers. General Sir William Anson horse guards, (blue,) the first regi- rode at the head of his regiment, the ment of the life guards, and the seven- forty-seventh. Lieutenant-Colonel teenth lancers. The artillery were- Quentin rode at the head of the detachments of the royal horse artil- seventeenth lancers, the colonel of the lery, and the field artillery.
regiment, Prince George of CamA vast multitude from London by bridge, being in the Ionian Islands. the trains, and from the adjoining Thus, three field-marshals, and four country, formed a line parallel to the generals, passed in review before the troops ; and nothing could exceed the illustrious guests of her Majesty. The universal animation and cheering Emperor expressed himself highly when the Emperor, the King of gratified, as every eye accustomed to Saxony, and the numerous and glit- troops must have been, by the admirtering staff, entered the field, and able precision of the movements, and came down the line.
the fine appearance of the men. A After the usual salutes, and march: striking instance of the value of railing past the centre, where the royal ways for military operations, was concarriages had taken their stand, the nected with this review. The fortyevolutions began. They were few seventh regiment, quartered in Gosand simple, but of that order which port, was brought to Windsor in the is most effective in the field. The morning, and sent back in the evening formation of the line from the sec- of the review day; the journey, altotions; the general advance of the gether, was about 140 miles ! Such line ; the halt, and a running fire along are the miracles of machinery in our the whole front; the breaking up of days. This was certainly an extrathe line into squares; the squares ordinary performance, when we recolfiring, then deploying into line, and lect that it was the conveyance of marching to the rear. The Queen, about 700 men; and shows what might with the royal children, left the be done in case of any demand for the ground before the firing began. The re- actual services of the troops. But view was over at half-past two. The even this exploit will be eclipsed appearance of the troops was admir- within a few days, by the opening of able; the manæụvres were completely the direct line from London to Newsuccessful ; and the fineness of the castle, which will convey troops, or day gave all the advantages of sun any thing, 300 miles in twelve hours. and landscape to this most brilliant The next step will be to reach Edinspectacle.
burgh in a day!
The Emperor was observed to pay
SATURDAY. marked attention to the troops of the line, the forty-seventh and the lancers; The Emperor, the King, and Prince observing, as it is said, “ your house- Albert, went to the Duke of Devonhold troops are noble fellows; but shire's dejeuner at Chiswick. The what I wished particularly to see, were Duke's mansion and gardens are prothe troops with which you gained verbial as evidences of his taste, magyour victories in India and China." nificence, and princely expenditure. A speech of this kind was worthy of All the nobility in London at this the sagacity of a man who knew period were present. The royal party where the true strength of a national were received with distinguished atarmy lies, and who probably, besides, tention by the noble host, and his hoshas often had his glance turned to the pitality was exhibited in a style dashing services of our soldiery in worthy of his guests and himself. Asia. The household troops of every While the suite of salons were thrown nation are select men, and the most open for the general company, the showy which the country can supply. royal party were received in a salon Thus they are nearly of equal excel- which had been decorated as a Turklence. The infantry of ours, it is true, ish tent. Bands of the guards played have been always " fighting regi- in the gardens, a quadrille band playments"-the first in every expedition, ed in the ball-room, and the fineness and distinguished for the gallantry of of the weather gave the last charm to their conduct in every field. The
a fête prepared with equal elegance cavalry, though seldomer sent on fo- and splendour. We doubt whether reign service, exhibited pre-eminent Europe can exhibit any open air fesbravery in the Peninsula, and their tivity that can compete with a dejeuner charges at Waterloo were irresistible. at Chiswick. The gardens of some of But it is of the marching regiments the continental palaces are larger, but that the actual“ army” consists, and they want the finish of the English their character forms the character of garden. Their statues and decorathe national arms.
tions are sometimes fine; but they In the evening the Emperor and the want the perfect and exquisite neatKing of Saxony dined with her Ma- ness which gives an especial charm to jesty at Windsor.
English horticulture. The verdure of
the lawns, the richness and variety of THURSDAY.
the flowers, and the general taste dis
played, in even the most minute and The royal party again drove to the least ornamental features, render the Ascot course, and were received with English garden wholly superior, in the usual acclamations. The Emperor fitness and in beauty, to the gardens and King were in plain clothes, with- of the continental sovereigns and out decorations of any kind ; Prince nobility. Albert wore the Windsor uniform. In the evening, the Queen and her The cheers were loud for Wellington. guests went to the Italian opera. The
The gold cup, value three hundred house was greatly, and even hazarguineas, was the principal prize. Eight dously crowded. It is said that, in horses ran, and the cup was won by a some instances, forty guineas was paid colt of Lord Albemarle's. His lord- for a box. But whether this may be an ship is lucky, at least on the turf.
exaggeration or not, the sum would He won the cup at Ascot last year. have been well worth paying, to escape
the tremendous pressure in the pit. FRIDAY.
After all, the majority of the specta
tors were disappointed in their princiThe royal party came to London by pal object, the view of the royal party, the railway. The Emperor spent the They all sat far back in the box, and chief part of the day in paying visits, thus, to three-fourths of the house, in the Russian ambassador's private were completely invisible. In this carriage, to his personal friends— privacy, for which it is not easy to chiefly the families of those noblemen account, and which it would have who bad been ambassadors to Russia. been so much wiser to have avoided, the andience were long kept in doubt done into those of the soldier. He whether the national anthem was to conversed good-humouredly with the be sung. At last, a stentorian voice officers and men, admired the discipfrom the gallery called for it. A ge- line and appearance of the marines, neral response was made by the mul- who had been sent as his escort, was titude; the curtain rose, and God peculiarly obliging to Lord Hardwicke save the Queen was sung with accla- and Lieutenant Peel, (a son of the mation. The ice thus broken, it was premier,) and ordered his dinner on followed by the Russian national an- deck, that he might enjoy the scenery them, a firm, rich, and bold composi- on the banks of the Thames. The tion. The Emperor was said to have medals of some of the marines who shed tears at the unexpected sound of had served in Syria, attracted his that noble chorus, which brought back attention, and he enquired into the the recollection of his country at so nature of their services. He next exvast a distance from home. But if pressed a wish to see the manual these anthems had not been thus ac- exercise performed, which of course cidentally performed, the royal party was done; and his majesty, taking a would have lost a much finer display musket, went through the Russian than any thing which they could have manual exercise. On his arrival on seen on the stage—the rising of the the Dutch coast, the King of Holland whole audience in the boxes-all the came out to meet him in a steamer ; fashionable world in gala, in its youth, and on his landing, the British crew beauty, and ornament, seen at full parted with him with three cheers. sight, while the chorus was on the The Imperial munificence was large stage.
to a degree which we regret; for it
would be much more gratifying to the SUNDAY.
national feelings to receive those dis
tinguished strangers, without sufferOn this day at two o'clock, the ing the cravers for subscriptions to Emperor, after taking leave of the intrude themselves into their presence. Queen and the principal members of On the Emperor's landing in Hol. the Royal family, embarked at Wool- land, he reviewed a large body of wich in the government steamer, the Dutch troops, and had intended to Black Eagle, commanded for the time proceed up the Rhine, and enjoy the by the Earl of Hardwicke. The ves- landscape of its lovely shores at his sel dropped down the river under the leisure. But for him there is no leiusual salutes from the batteries at sure ; and his project was broken up Woolwich; the day was serene, and by the anxious intelligence of the illthe Black Eagle cut the water with a ness of one of his daughters by a prekeel as smooth as it was rapid. The mature confinement. He immediateEmperor entered into the habits of the ly changed his route, and set off at sailor with as much ease as he had full speed for St Petersburg.
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