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V, TTHE COURT. 0 THE Queen and the junior members of the Royal Family are at Osborne. Her Majesty has been suffering from slight headaches, but has been enabled to take the customary pedestrian and carriage exercise. The Lancet, in speaking of the health of the Queen, says "When, a fortnight since, we stated that we had good grounds for making public the reasons which prevented her Majesty from appearing at evening crowded assem- blies, the statement was accepted by the vast majority of the press and the public as neither exaggerated nor incorrect. There have, however, been some exceptions to this rule. These would be scarcely worthy of notice had not the writers assumed that they were more or less authorised to impugn the accuracy of the paragraph which appeared in the Lancet. Upon a sub- ject of so much delicacy we spoke with what we believe to have been a becoming and justifiable reserve. Our report was in no respect sensational or over-stated. It was a plain narration of facts, which, in justice to her Majesty and to the source from which we obtained it, we felt bound to make public. The appearance of the Queen in public on a recent occasion was followed by a most distressing attack of sickness and exhaustion, which lasted for several hours. The inner life of the Court is necessarily known to but few even those in immediate attendance upon the Queen are not always in a position to arrive at a correct know- ledge of her Majesty's real condition. The privacy of the Sovereign should be as much respected as that of the humblest of her subjects. There are occasions, how- ever, on which even that privacy may be held too sacred. This is more especially the case when erroneous reports have gained general credence. Then it is right to be known that her Majesty, with the greatest desire to fulfil all those duties which appertain to her dignity or her hospitality, is occasionally prevented from perform- ing them by bodily suiTeriug of a character most difficult to be borne." THE Prince and Princess of Wales are residing at Marlborough-house. The health of the Princess is im- proving, and her Royal Highness lias been enabled to walk in the grounds with slight assistance. The Prince of Wales presided at a meeting of the Council of his Royal Highness, held at the office of the Duchy of Corn- wall, Buckingham-gate, St. James's-park, on Monday. There were present Lord Portman, Lord Warden of the Stannaries; Sir William John Alexander, Attorney- General General Sir William Thomas Knollys, Comp- troller of the Household of his Royal Highness Herbert William Fisher, Esq., Keeper of the Privy Seal; and the Earl of Leicester. Mr. Bateman, the secretary, attended as Clerk of the Council. The same day the Prince of Wales received his Excellency the Austrian Ambassador at Marlborough-house, N,iio presented to his Royal Highness the insignia of the Order of St. Stephen, together with an autograph letter from his Imperial Majesty the Emperor of Austria. SEVERAL almshouses were recently erected in Margate to commemorate the safe arrival of the Princess Alexandra off that port prior to her marriage with his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales. A bazaar is about to be held in furtherance of the objects of the charity, and her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales, in a letter enclosing a cheque for £ 21, wishes "every success to a charity the foundation of which is connected with so interesting an event in her life as her first arrival off England."

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