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THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF 1 EDINBURGH. | THE ROYAL ENTRY INTO LONDON. Shortly before eleven on Thursday, (as we announced by tyle?ram last week), the Queen, with the Duk Duchess of Edinburgh, Prince Leopold, Princess Btaliicv, and Prince and Princess Christian, left Windsor Castle and drove to the Great Western Railway station, the snow falling fast at the time, and left for Paddington, via Slough. The station was most tastefully decorated. A contemporary gives the following account of the pro- gress — The route from Paddington Station to Buckingham Palace is, on the whole, one of the best that could be pre- sented for the exercise of the decorator's skill; and it is to be regretted that on an occasion like this some concerted plan f ai-ti<in should not have been agreed upon. The want of unity is, indeed, the great failing of the work which met the eve of the Royal party in their progress from the Great Western terminus to Charing Cross. The station it- seJt, as far as the interior is concerned, presented a brilliant appearance, but on leaving it and turning into London- street the aspect of the shops and private houses was mean in the extreme, nor was there any material change for the better in Cambridge-road. Here and there, it is true, pri- vate enterprise had draped the porchies and balconies in crimson <~loth, but as the houses lie back at some distance from the road, and the fringe of garden railed off from the main thorough/are was only filled with some miserable erec- tions, w:th spats exposed to the weather, and with scanty coverings of cloth and bunting, there was little of a festive char: ct-r *o gladden the eye. Directly, however, the turn was taken iuto the Edgeware-road, there was a decided change for the better. Here the local committee's efforts had been fairly succcssful and the whole extent of the route to Oxfo d- streèt was lined with Venetian masts at a distance of some twenty feet apart. Each mast, coloured alternately red, blue, yellow, and black, has in its centre a shield embla- zoned w.th the Russian eagles, prettily arranged with banners j while from the top, stretching from pole to pole along the entire length of the route are strings of flags. Then again at intervals flags of every conceivable hue and of every variety of nationality were stretched across the street, so that the eye as far as it could reach was met by a most elaborate show of bunting. The Marble Arch, in fact, formed the first break in the line, as no attempt had been made even to mark its outline with a little colour, which would have been decidedly effective on a day when the grey stone stood out more coldly than ever against the grey sky. Only a slight attempt at decoration was made in the mansions opposite the Park railings, but on reaching Came bridge Piace flag and mast again came into view, and the shop fronts were for the most partly gaily dressed. Here and there some little orginality marked the devices over the shops, as for instance, at one house in Cambridge Place, where a tradesman named Bond utilised his patronymic by the loyal wish placed under the names of the bride and bridegroom May this bond of love unite them for ever." The appearance of the streets would have been vastly im- proved if the lamp-posts had been covered, or even painted as on the Thanksgiving Day in the city, for the small fes- toons of paper flowers at the top only served to make the ugliness of the London-street lamps still more noticeable. From Stratford place the appearance of the streets, fes- tooned at more frequent intervals, was remarkably light and pretty, and in passing down Oxford-street the occas- ional use of evergreens, not only in the way of wreaths, but in the letters of some of the legends over the shops, afforded a welcome relief to the eye. The only title which the decorators seemed to have chosen to link with that of the Duka was that of the Duchess's first name, Marie, the long Russian word Alexandrovna proving apparently too much for their patience. Here and there the fronts of the houses were to be seen profusely decorated with monograms and devices, but as a rule the balconies intended for spectators were the prominent features. Some of these were particu- larly attractive, being fitted up like a box in a theatre, with muslin curtains and festooned with flags. In the centre of the Oxford Circus a handsome pavilion was placed, while round it was placed Venetian masts, and, linked to these, long chains of paper flowers, stretching across to the four corners, with capital effect. Regent-street looked gay, though by no means equal to the previous thoroughfares. In many of the shop fronts the decorations were confined to crimson cloth, festooned with yellow or evergreens. On reaching the County Fire Office, at the eastern side of Regent street the decorations were more imposing, including groups of statuary. The general effect of the line of colour on the balconies, stretchinz up the street, is extremely good. The remainder of the route to Charing Cross, with the exception of a slight attempt at decoration before the Crimean monument 0 at Waterloo Place, needs little notice-Pall Mall and Charing CroBQ, which offered the finest opportunities, being almost untouched. Even the club-houses, only decorated for practical purposes by covering the seats for the members and their friends in crimson cloth, and the tradesmen at Charing Cross did comparatively nothing. This, after the elaborate treatment of the earlier portions of the route, must have seemed to the Royal party, as it certainly did to the spectators, somewhat of an anti-climax. The general im- pression produced by a survey of the whole route was that want of time had prevented the completion of what would Otherwise have been a most satisfactory work. What the streets lacked in perfect decoration, however, Was niore than compensated for by the warm enthusiasm of the people who had assembled to greet the Duchess. Notwithstanding the pitiless snowstorm which prevailed, immense crowds began to station themselves in the thoroughfares along the route as early as ten o'clock. Though the flakes of snow fell thick and fast, rendering it it impossible to see many hundred yards ahead, everybody geemed to bear the inconvenience with the greatest good humour. The windows, balconies, and even roofs, of many of the houses were crowded with sightseers, while in the streets themselves the crush of people was very great. The military began to line the route shortly before eleven o'clock, and it was no easy task for them and the police to keep back the pressure of the crowd. Along the Edgware- road, Oxford-street, and Recent-street the people were densely packed, every nook and corner being occupied. Punctual to the appointed time, the Royal procession left Paddington Station,and was received with immense cheering. The carrriage which the Queen, the Duke and Duchess, and Princes.) Beatrice occupied was fortunately open, in spite of the inclemency of the weather, so that every opportunity was afforded to obtain a glimpse of the occupants. Slowly the corieje moved along the Edgeware-road into Oxford- street, auiidst the greatest enthusiasm. A heartier welcome en every side it would be impossible to imagine. The Duchess seemed highly pleased and continually bowed her acknowledgments. She was looking much better than she did on Saturday, when she was evidently suffering from the f*.tig-np« of her journey to this country. At the end of Waterloo Place, the Royal carriage was stopped for two or three minutes opposite the Guards' Monument, and her Majesty uttered some words of explanation to the Duchess. At Charing Cross, the crowd, though large, was not incon- veniently so, the open space affording the people an oppor- tunity t) distribute themselves about. At the Admiralty a large number of blue jackets were stationed, and they ap- peared to be highly popular with the crowd. The proces- sion passed through the Horse Guards a few minutes before one o'clock, a number of pensioners from Chelsea Hospital being drawn up in St. James's Park. As the royal carriages passed alongtheMall, the same enthusiasm continued which had char xct -rised the reception in the more crowded streets. Both side, of thePark were occupied with well-dressed people, who bad for hours patiently waited the arrival of the Duchess. As the carriages entered the gates of Bucking- ham Palace the snow, which had been falling throughout the morning without intermission, suddenly ceased, and the sun broke through the clouds. A salute of artillery was given as the Queen and the rest of the Royal Family alighted. On arriving at the Palace, her Majesty, with the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh, the Prince and Princess of Wales, and other members of the Royal Family, appeared on the balcony over the grand entrance, and cordially ac- knowledgei the cheers of the immense multitude which had congregated in front of the building. At night vast crowds turned out into the streets to witness the illumina- tions, many of which were tasteful in design and brilliant in display. It will be learned with deep regret that the day did not pass off without fatal consequences. The most serious casualty was the fall of a temporary stand at Charing-cross. Three lives are reported to have been lost, and thirty per- sons were more or less injured. In the course of the day Sir Albert Sassooia fell and fractured his arm. Her Majesty, accompanied by Princess Beatrice, re- to Windsor Castle from London on Saturday afternoon. The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh remain at Bucking. ham Palace. The Standard says- We have reason to believe that their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh will remain at Buckingham Palace for the rest of this month, after which thev will proceed to Sandringham on a visit to the Prince and Princess of Wales. We also under- stand that the Duke and Duchess will, accompanied by the Qu'en, and the Prince and Princess of Wales, make a state entry into the City of London, on the occasion of a grand civic entertainment offered to and accepted by their Royal Highnesses, about the second week after Easter, the day not being yet fixed.

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