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CALI. TS RESERVED.] EVIE OF THE YEAR. ♦ ■ r1901 A» Home and Abroad. » jQUEEN OTORIA AND KING EDWARD. Inoomparal the greatest event in the World's histor luring the first year of the new ?entuTy .va- been that which occurred on the 22nd J rioary, when Queen Victoria. passed away Osborne, and the crown she had wore fo: years passed to her son, King F..dwarTr. For many months the Queen'a beal", lad been steadily failing, though knowl of the fact was studiously withheld 'fron ? re public, and it v, as not till the evening < Jan. 18th that any official instigation made of her illne-.™. But the WortlIl1: I HnK-tina of that day and the next quit y prepared the minds of her subjects fcr 1 worst. The solemn quiet, of aw«d exp- ncy with which the news of the arrival o the supreme moment was awaited thrr iout the length and breadth of IKT great pi re, and wherever English- men were p-iiered in foreign lands, will n,e-(-r be for -1 ;en by those who saw it. It was snrpasst- nlv by the universal expres- sions of love or the dead and sympathy for those she ha -ft, behind, when at last the new was (1. d to the ends of the earth that the gret. 'een had breathed her last "surroucueci y her children and grand- children." ;H distraction from the grief which the of one reign created was 'dc provided by "e instant necessity of 211- augurating new reign which followed. The Prince, Wales proceeded to London < early on the irning following his mother's death, anc a. Privy Council meeting in St. James's lace ho was declared King under the tit )f Edward VII., and received the oath of a i dance of the principal officers of State. I brief and dignified but in- tensely e^rf ;t speech the new King declared that "is constant endeavour would always bo t .valk in the footsteps of his beloved mot" and th&t he was "fully determined be a Constitutional Sovereign in the strict? seme of the word, and as long 86 there was "ooth in his body to work for the good 3D. amelioration of his people." On Feb. 1st Se remains of the late Queen were oonvev l from Cowes to Portsmouth between a d >le line of British and foreign ,i, t ships of war. On the 2nd they were carried across Lend in the presence of a vast concourse oi aer mourning subjects, fol- lowed by the new King, the Emperor of Germany, ti. King of the Belgians, the King of Por gal, the King of Greece, the Queen, ar numerous Princesses in carriages, s l a brilliant procession of Princes and diers. On arrival at Windsor a funeral st ice was held in St. George's Chapel, and s multaneously, in St. Paul's, in Wetitmin. r Abbey, and in innumerable churche.3 ar4' chapeLs throughout the country, the ay being universally set. apar-t as one of nr onal mourning. Finally, on Feb. 4th, th- loyal remains were laid to rest in the Maw nm at Frogmore side by side with those o he late Prince Consort. The King openec be first working session of his first Parliar nt in person on Feb. 14th, ae,compi.ni(-f y Queen Alexandra. The cere- mony. though only conducted in "semi- State." was an exceedingly brilliant and impressive O K-. Another bereavement befel our Royal Family in the death, on Aug. 3rd, of the Em esa Frederick of Germany, eldest sister the King. The Empress had long been fering from a paitiful and incurahlo rri. idy. I

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