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I i -.E ROYAL TOUR.

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I i -.E ROYAL TOUR. Aolutel, unique in the history of the world i. the our undertaken by the heir to the British Throne and his consort during the year t; at is past. The Duke and DucA-esa of ornwall and York set sail in the Opbir ft >.n Portsmouth on March 16th. Gibraltar," alta, Ceylon, and Singapore were visiter on the outward journey, the greats env- usiasm being manifested here, as everywl>e throughout the tour, by natives and Europeans alike. The' ceremony of ot^eninc: ie Federal Parliament took place on M \T* 9th, at Melbourne, in a vast hall contai, ng some 10,000 people. A round of ft :ivities follcwed here and at Brisbane itr., Sydney. A brief stay in New Zealand wF foUowed by visits to Hobart Town, Adei de, and Perth. Mauritius was. touched on Mb further journey to South Afrjca. In pite of the gloom cast by the war the re< ption given to the Duke and Duchess in iiatal and Cape Colony was as earnest anc hearty as elsewhere. Crossing thy Atlanti Ocean, the tourists reached Quebec in t middle of September. Thence by Metres Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary, and Vancot er, they made be-ir memorable journpy thr Jfi,h the whole length of British Norih Am, -ica. The return by way of Toronto am- through the Maritime Provmces to Halifax \nd St. John's, Newfoundland, was, like t ? outward journey, one long triumphal • rogress. throughout the totir meetings v th native chiefs formed pic- LS i turesque itt rns in tba Royal itinerary. The I journey en I in Yarmouth P-oads on the last day Ü. October, having thus lasted j seven rnont's and a half. Its value as a means of c nenting the affection between the Mothei Country and her Colonies and i of bc+b fo the reigning house is beyond calculation On Nov. lat a. landing was made at P' -tmncuth, the King and Queen, with the I tie children of the Duke and Duchess, h: ring gone out into the Roads to meet them. The arrival in London next day was the oo ision of a great popular demon- strati on. ';11e King's birthday a. week later saw the p amotion of his son to the title of Prince o Wales and Earl of Chester.

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