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THE PRINCESS MARIA PIA.

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THE PRINCESS MARIA PIA. The Turin correspondent of the Times describes the .presents and good wishes pouring in from all sides upon th« bride elect of the King of Portugal, the civil con- 0' tract of whose marriage was. to be signed on the 27th. It is the first instance on record, he says, of a daughter of Italy being given in marriage. "Mc»io Pi a hao not to. fifUontl. -she only gave up her doll ■-& few days ago, precise^' on the day they told her she was engaged to be married. Her youthfui feminine imagination has been, we are told, greatly -startled at the idea of coming at so early an age into the possession of a man on whom she never -set her eyes,-and the crying of the poor Jthing in her private circles is, as one may believe, endless. Those tears will dry up, no doubt, and, her position at Lisbon will be most enviable. Still one feels inclined to ask, Would the,world have fallen, or either the Italian or Lusitanian monarchy have gone to ruin if the wedding had been put off a few months, and the youthful couple had had a chance of seeing and knowing a little of each other before they were indissolubly bound to one another and booked for life, for better for worse?' Surely so high a penalty should not be heedlessly paid in return for the barren honours and empty pageantry of a third-rate royalty like that of the western division of the Iberian Peninsula. The Princess Maria Pia was frequently to be met in public of late years at Moncalieri, on the platform of the railway station, at the promenade in Turin, the Place d'Armes, at the royal chapel, at the theatre, and elsewhere. So far as a cursory view could enable the public to judge of her personal appearance, she had won golden opinions. She has a very lair com- plexion, rather tall and very stately figure, full-grown and wek-rounded, as one would think, beyond her years Judging by the English standard, the Princess would be taken to be at least 18 years old, and unquestionably her personal appearance fully entitles her to ascend a throne which the easy majesty of her bearing, her gait, and at least outward manners, qualify her to grace. Her features are not regular; she has some of the least pleasing pecu- liarities of both her parents-the father, a somewhat rough specimen of his soldiery race; the mother, a fair and gentle but not a lovely scion of that Hapsburg- Lorraine dynasty, whose eyes and lips are a charm or a blemish, according to the peculiar taste and humour of partial or unfriendly critics. The princess's forehead is somewhat massive and prominent, the eyes small and twinkling, the nose retrousse, the hair a too vivid auburn; her features unremarkable for either symmetry or elegance. The expression of the countenance is sufficiently sprightly and intelligent. There is humour and piquancy in the face, though it certainly does not seem to nJatch or to harmonise with the graceful dignity with which the sight of her white-robed figure generally strikes the beholder."

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