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THE COURT. THE Queen has returned to Windsor from Balmoral, where her Majesty intends wintering. AT a recent meeting of the Town Council of Aber- deen, the Lord Provost, Sir Alexander Anderson, read the following extract from a' letter he had that day received from Sir Charles Phipps, in reference to the inauguration of the Albert memorial:—" The Queen was much touched by the loyal attention to her Majesty's known wishes displayed in the respectful and quiet demeanour of the crowds assembled." THE Prince and Princess of Wales still remain at Sandringham, and perhaps one of the most interesting events of their Royal Highnesses' present visit was a trip to Houghton-hall, the seat of the Marquis of Cholmondeley. The Royal visitors were accompanied by Prince and Princess Christian of Denmark, Princess Dagmar of Denmark, his Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge, and a numerous suite. The Marquis of Cholmondeley is not now residing at the Hall, but every attention was paid to the illustrious party by Mr. Frener and Mr. Stanton, his lordship's agents. Houghton, which has long been one of the glories of Norfolk, passed out of the hands of the Orford family into that of the house of Cholmondeley. It was begun in 1722 by the celebrated Sir Robert Walpole, who did not complete it till 1735, although the works proceeded on a scale of such magnifi- cence that ugly hints were thrown out as to the sources from which the necessary funds were derived. Leaving this debateable matter aside, the spectacle presented to the Prince and Princess was one of solid grandeur and historic interest. Through the exquisite marble hall (a perfect cube of 30ft.), the statue saloon, and other state apartments, the Royal party was conducted in succession, finding fresh matter for interest and admiration at every step, while some beautiful works of art attracted especial notice. Long since, however, many of the celebrated pictures which Horace Walpole catalogued with gossiping minuteness passed into the possession of the Empress Catherine of Russia, and these triumphs of art can of course be never recovered. WE are enabled (says the Observer) to state upon the best authority that her Royal Highness the Prin- cess of Wales will probably be confined in or about the last week in March next. The health of the Princess is all that can be desired under the circum- stances; and the nation has reason to rejoice at the prospect of the perpetuation, in a direct line, of the sovereignty of her good and Gracious Majesty Queen Victoria. PRINCE ALFRED and Prince William of Hesse. attended by Major Cowell and Captain von Z an gen* have recently paid a visit to the Duke of Roxburghe, at Floors Castle. The Princes were received at the station by the Duke of Roxburghe, the Marquis of Bowmont, Lord Polwarth, and Sir G. Douglas. The Kelso company of Rifle Volunteers presented arms, and a Royal salute was fired from a battery planted 'n for the occasion in Springwood-park. The Princes, as they drove across Tweed-bridge and through the town of Kelso on their way-to the ducal residence, were loudly cheered, and there was a profuse display of flags from the houses of the inhabitants. In the evening of their arrival the Duke of Roxburghe entertained aselect cempany to dinner, including Prince Alfred, Prince William, Prince Frederick of Schleswig-Holstein, Vis- countess Stratford and Hon. Miss Canning, Lord Llanover, and other visitors. The duke also gave a grand ball at Floors Castle, on occasion of Kelso races. The ball-roomahd adjoining apartments were splendidly decorated, and the company included from two hundred to three hundred ladies and gentlemen, representing nearly all the principal families of the Border, as well as many visitors from distant parts. The next morn- ing Prince Alfred spent some hours angling on the Floors water, and the Tweed and its tributaries being in flood there was a good supply of fish. The Prince killed five salmon (having also run other three) of which one was about 261b. and two of the largest were immediately dispatched to Balmoral. ■ i. -oW-

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