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PRINCE EDWARD OF WALES. I Celebration of his Majority, I Speeches by the Prince. I Festivities at Sandringham. I Public Rejoicings. I KIXG'S Lyxx, Thursday.—To-day, Prince Edward of Wales, the eldest of the children of the Prince and Princess of Wales, attained his majority, and the occasion was marked by great rejoicing, not only in the neighbourhood of Sand- ringham, but throughout the whole of Norfolk and the adjoining counties. In defeience, it was generally understood to the wishes of the mem- bers of the royal family, there was no imposing procession or displays in the immediate vicinity of Sandringham House, but the congratu- lations which poured in from all sides took the form of a privata expression of heartfelt wishes for the continued well-being and happiness of those who for so many years have formed part almost of the daily life of the people of Norfolk. ACTION OF THE LOCAL PUBLIC BODIES. For some time past the corporations of King's Lynn, Norwich, Cambridge, and other towns have been engaged in considering in what way they could most.-fittingly testify to their loyalty to the royal family, and ultimately it was decided to make a presentation of addresses to Prince Edward, together with some gift which should act in the future as a souvenir of the day upon which he came of age. This meeting, with the sanction of the Prince of Wales, accordingly became, as it were, the basis of to-day's rejoicings, and special arrangements were made so that the various deputations might have an opportunity of presenting their offerings in the presence of the numerous party who are the guests of the Prince and Princess, it being obvious that a large number of the public could not be admitted to the presentation. THE DECORATIONS. The town and country folk round about began to consider what share they might take in the general rejoicing, and the result was that in King's Lynn and the two villages of Dersingbam and Wolferton, which lie nearest the royal residence, a considerable amount of taste has been displayed in the way of out- side decoration, the effect of which, however, has been unhappily marred to a great extent", to-night by the suttden termination of the frost and the setting in of cold, driving rain. During the past week the decorators have been especially busy in this town putting up illuminations and flags and coloured buntings, with loyal mottoes on most of the principal Hags. The railway station par- ticularly was almost covered with bright stars, Prince of Wales's plumes, flags, and banners of all descriptions, and conspicuous was the hope addressed to Prince Edward ill the words, "Smooth success be strewed before your feet." THE VISITORS AT 8ANDKINGHAJI HOUSE. The party or distinguished visitors who have been staying at Sandringham during the past week inciude most of the members of the royal family, with the exceptinn of her Majesty, _tne Duke and Duche.-s of Connaugiit, Prince Beatrice, and the Duchess of Albany. The royal princes and dukes have for several days en- joying excellent shooting/Tuesday and Wednesday ueing described as enormous," but to-day the nnmoer or humtrous other engagements prevented any attention beinc mid to snortine. RUSH OF CONGRATULATORY TELEGRAMS. tirst active of to-day's doings was communicated to the clerks in the little telegraph office, which, for the convenience of the royal household, is placed iunnedlately at the back of the hall. Here, from a very early hour until late in the day, message after message of congratula- tion and good wishes to parents and son wero telegraphed from all parts of the country, and indeed it would seem from all parts of the world. It isunaerstood that messages from her Majesty, the Princess Beatrice, the Duchess of Albany, and the Crown Princess of Germany were received early in the day and, in flet, so numerous were the good wishes flashed by electricity, that the resources of the office, though considerably strengthened, were able to cope with scarcely any- thing beyond receiving and despatching the mes- sages to and from SandringhaVii House. THE CIVIC DEPUTATION. 1 "F the convenience of those who were to take Part iia the presentation, it was arrang.iU that the deputations from, Lynn, Norwich, and Cam- bridge should meet at the Lynn station, and thence drive direct to Sandnngham, a. distance of nine miles, The morning was bittjriy cold, and the road in places little better than ice, so that the little procession, con-sistilig of some half-a-dozen carriages, could make but slow piogress, and it was, therefore, neai'iy half- past eleven before the first contingent drove through the Norwich gate, and up to the west wpg of the hail. Here a large number of the chiet officers ushered the visitors into an anto- 1()0IX1' and all being ready, a move was made to the ball-room, which the Prince of ilies 'las caused to be erected within the last year or so. T, THE BALL ROOM. 11 -11 is a spacious and lofty hail, beautltuiiy pro- portioned and decorated in white and neadgold, the upper parts of the walls being covered with trophies of ancient weapons and shields, ap- parently selected from many nations. Upon first entering the room, and viewing it from the music balcony erected at the end, it was found that the only occupants were five or six of the tenants who came on behalf of the general body of the tenantry to offer their congratulations, ar.d to make a gift of a salver of silver gifts to tiie young prmce. ARRIVAL Of THE ROYAL PARTY. I A ley minutes' wait and then the Prince and Princess of Wales were seen advancing, while walking between his illustrious father and mother was Prince Edward, looking extremely manly, bright, and happy. Tiie prince and prin- cess, too, appeared to be in excellent^ health and spirits, and bowed s»raciously t0 little band of tenants. The princess was attired in a mauve satin dress, embossed with very (2,ark coloured flowers quickly following came ti.e Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh, Princess Christian, Prince George OL Wales, the young Princesses Victoria, Maud, and Louise, the Duke of Cambr.dge, the Princess Louise (Marchioness of Lome), Prince Edward of baxe- Weimer, the Prince of Leiningen, the Count and Countess Gleichen, and the Countess ll eodore Gleichen. After these came the principal mem- bers of the household—'Lord Colville of Culross (chamberlain to the Princess of Wales), Lady Colville, and J?" Blanche Colville, Lord and Lady bulhe.d, the Hon. Julia Stonor, Miss Knollys, Major General Duplat (equerry to tiie Queen), Col. Teesdaie, Col. Ellis and the lion. H. Tynvhitt Wilson (equerries to the Prince of Wales), Sir Oscar Clayton (extra surgeon in ordinary to the Prince of Wales), Mr Gibbs (formerly tutor of the Prince of Wales), Mr Cockeriil (groom of the bedchamber of the Prince of Wales), Rev. J. N. Dalton (governor to Prince Albert Victor), Capt. Durrant (governor to Prince George), Mr Knollys (private secretary to the Prince of Wales), Mr Hoizmann (librarian to the Prince of Wales, and private secretary to the Princess of Wales). Among others present were Lieut.-Col. the HOII. Mr Montagu, Mr C. Syk^s, M.P., Capt. Welsh, R.N., Mr John Baring, and Mr J. K. Stephens. PRESErATIOX OF THE SALVEK. The Prince and Princes3 of Wales, wiui eldest child standing between them, took up their position about midway in the room, the remainder of the family and guests ranging themselves in a kind of semi-circle at the back. It was now close upon noon, and Mr Sheringham, as spokesman for the tenants, advanced, and read an acidress, which trusted Prince Edward might long be spared to follow in the footsteps of his beloved parents. Onibehalf of the tenants on the estate he begged his Royal Highness to acccpt of the gut they tendered in recognition of that day's celebration. tendered in recognition of that day's celebration. PRINCE ILL)WAiiD's REPLY. I Prince EDWARD, in reply, sitid:-GentiOrnPnl- I am glad to express to you all collectively this morning my heartfelt thanks for the kind words which Mr Sheringham on your behalf has just given utterance to. As you rightly observed it would be impossible for me to set before myselt a brighter example for imitation than that afforded by my parents, who for ma.ny years have dwelt in your midst. If I should be enabled in any way to merit your good opinion in the future, and to do so shall be ever my steadfast purpose, it will be by following the same path of kindness, good- will, and generosity which they have followed. Accept my best thanks for the silvcr salver. It will serve as a memento to me should I ever He in danger of forgetting how strong was the esteem and at- tachment which bind the tenantry of the band- rinsrham estate to the house of my parents. GIFT OF TIIE NORWICH CORPORATION. Upon the conclusion of the reply, the rrince ot "Wafas shook hands with Mr Sheringham, and the deputation then withdrew, making room for that from Norwich, which was headed by the mayor of that city. In addition to two addresses, a magni- deputation then withdrew, making room for that from Norwich, which was headed by the mayor of that city. In addition to two addresses, a magni- ficent piece of plate, being a fac-simile of the rose ewer and salver, part of the corporation plate, -waa offered-as a -The first address, as follows, was to the Prince and Princess of Wales :— May it please your Royal Highnesses, we, the mayor, sheriff, aldermen, and citizens of the City of Norwich desire to express our most unfeigned and sincere con- gratulations on the attainment of the majority of your eldest son, H.R.H. Prince Albert Victor Christian Edward, K.G., and we share with the British nation the liveliest interest in the welfare of your royal children, and cannot but assure you of the deep appreciation of the manner in which they have been trained for their high and exalted pos.tion in life. We earnestly pray that your Royal Highnesses may long be preserved, and that your royal children may prove nob only a blessing to you, but to all the loyal subjects of this great empire. -(Si, necl) JOHN IIOTBLACK, Mayor; H. B. MILLER, Town Clerk.- January 8th, 1885. REPLY OF THE PRINCE OF WALES. The Prince of WALES, in accepting the address, said Mr Mayor and Gentlemen,—It is with feel- ings of extreme gratification that the Princess of Wales and I have received your address, congra- tulating us on the attainment rtf our eldest son's majority, and it is a subject of sincere pleasure to us to find that we are able to celebrate the event in our own country, among so many friends and neighbours. We desire to express our warmest acknowledgments to you for the kind words in which you allude to this happy occasion, and the complimentary terms in which you refer to the manner in which we have brought up our children. I can assure you that it has been our honest wish that they should strive to follow in the footsteps of the Queen and the Prince Consort, and should endeavour to emulate the bright example which has been set by my revered parents, not only to princes, but to all those who seek for domestic contentment and happiness. We are anxious, gentlemen, to take advantage of the opportunity which is offered us by the presence of the chief magistrate and representatives of the principal towns of Norfolk to express to them our heartfelt thanks to the inhabitants of the county for the unvaried marks of goodwill and neighbourly feeling which we have universally experienced since we first came here 23 years ago. We are unfortunately unable to spend as much of the year at bandring- ham as we could wish, but you may rely upon this, that it has always been a source of unmixed pleasure to us to find ourselves once more at our cherished Norfolk home, where we have passed some of the happiest years of our lives. PRINCE EDWARDS'S SECOND SPEECH. I The iown-clerk then explained that the cup and salver were a replica. of some corporation plate presented to the mayor in 1663, and bearing the date 1597. He also read a congratulatory address. Prince EDWARD, having accepted the address and gift, said: Mr Mayor and Gentlemen, I thank you for the cordial greetings which you have offered to me this uioraing. Part of that educa- tion which my parents have bestowed on me, and to which you have just referred, was acquired whilst visiting our fellow-citizens in most of the British colonies. Whatever may be the future of this great empire, I am sure that the Queen has no more loyal subjects than the English beyond the seas. This handsome fac-simde of your corporation plate I shall always value as a pleasant reminder of the kindly feelings cherished towards my father's family by the chief city of Norfolk, the county in which the greater part of my life has been so happily passed. ANOTHER DEPUTATION. The members of the deputation having snaken hands, withdrew, and the gentlemen from Lynn, headed by the mayor (Mr liowker) and the recorder (Mr Dougias Brown), who appeared in Wig- and gown, took their places. The Recorder read an address, and presented a. replica of the Mayor's Cup," which, according to tradition, was given to the mayor by King- John. .Prince EDWARD, in replying, accepted the gift, saying Mr Mayor and Gentlemen,—I thank you much for the hearty good wishes which you have expressed, and for the beautiful replica of the mayor's cup of Lynn which you Lave just pre- sented to me on the attainment of my majority. The historical reminiscences connected with your ancient borough and its neighbourhood have always since the days of my boyhood—which, as you are aware, have been spent in great measure within sight of your towers—been full of interest to myself. Whatever the future may have in store, you may rest assured that the recollection of my home at Sandringham, and the expression this day of your kindly feeling towards my parents and myself, will ever remain fresh in my memory. GIFT FROM GRA1UIAE-SCHOOL EOYS. the Jlayor ot Cainonage (Mr Kcdiern), on behalf of the corporation, next presented an ad- dress, which was, however, not read, nor did Prince Edward make verbal reply. A pretty birthday present from the masters and boys of Lynn Grammar School was now off--red and accepted. It consisted of a table writing set, comprising an inkstand, Mottiug-case, diary, and a pair of candlesticks. The inkstand and candle- sticks were of Worcester china and oak with brass mountings, while the case and dilry were of purple morocco. The Rev. Air Hight, head- master of the school, read tit address. Prince Edward, in acknowledgement, said, I am very glad to see you here this morning, and to thank you for your kind congratulations. May the prosperity of Lynn Grammar School ever increase." VILLAGE FESTIVITIES. This completed the ceremony of presentation, and in a lew minutes the ball-room was left '1; tenantless for a brier period. Meanwhile the out- side of the hall had become animated. Two long lines of school children were drawn up to witness the passing by of a procession organised by Mr Sanger, who, to the delighted gaze < >f the young- sters, presented elephants, camels, prancing steeds, diminutive ponies, and the usual accom- paniments of a circus spectacle. The labourers, too, on the estate were assembled in front of the hall prior to being regaled to a sub- stantial dinner provided by their royal landlord, while the Prince's keepers, dressed in the pictur- esque costume of green and white, served to give colour to the scene. Time having been given to the ladies to invest themselves in some protection against toe biting wind, the whole party left the house,and Mr Beck, the agent, addressed a few words or congratulation on behalf of the labourers to his royal highness. Prince Edward acknowledged tr.e kindly feelings which prompted the words, and the assemblage broke up, those who had formed the deputations returning to the ball-room for lunch. The labourers and poor people on the estate were entertained to dinner in a marquee erected on the prince's exercise ground. In the afternoon most of the members of the royal party v:sited a circus performance given in a great tent which had* been specially erected for the occasion by Mr Sanger, he having OD- tained the prince's permission to do so. For two or three hours this was filled by happy people from all the countyside, who give the Prince and Princess of Wales and the young prince, whose birthday it was, a right royal welcome upon their entering soon after two. The party from Sandringham House relyltilied until the conclusion of the performance, shortly after four o'clock, when the audience dispersed, and were hurried to their destinations by the rain, which converted the ice-bound roads of the morning into a mass of the consistence of glue. ACCIDENT AT THE CIRCUS. lJuring the performance at banger's circus on Thursday afternoon, the supports of one of the seats gave way. One_ person was seriously in- jured, the others escaping with slight bruises. GRAND BALL. The evening's festivities consisted of a grand ball at Sandringham, to which some hundreds of the country gentry and others were invited. All through the evening the roads leading to Sandringham were crowded with carriages taking their loads of happy people to the bail, and so great was the demand for horses that at night one could not be obtained in the district for love # or money. fciandringham Park was illuminated for the occasion. To-morrow there will be another ball grveii to the servawts, and on Saturday a,, lawn meet of the Norfolk hounds, at at which there will probably attend some four or five hundred horsemen. This will conclude the senes of festivities consequent upon the coming of age of Prince Edward of Wales. REJOICINGS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. due coming of age of Prince Albert Victor of Wales, was observed at Windsor on Thursday morning by the ringing of peals from the bells of St. John's Church, the Chapel lioyal, St. George's, Windsor Castle, and the churches in the neighbourhood. The Mayor, Mr J. Olbin Harris, issued a notice calling upon the inhabitants of the Royal borough to flag their houses. This was responded to, and a vastquantity of bunting was displayed, the Guildhall being com- pletely covered. The Royal Standard was hoisted, and Royal salutes were fired in the long walk facing Frogmore House, where the young prince was born. In the evening a fancy dress ball took place in the Town-hall, to celebrate the event. The mayor, corporation, and bur- gesses of Windsor forwarded to his Royal High- ness a congratulatory address, which was beauti- fuiiy illuminated. The occasion was celebrated in London by the ringing of peals at various West end churches, while flags were hoisted at the Govern- ment otiices, and the band of the Grenadier Guards played a selection in the court- yard of St. James's Palace during the ceremony II of mounting and changing the Queen's Guards. In celebration of the attainment of his majority by Prince Albert Victor, the loyal Standard was hoisted at all Government establishments at Portsmouth, and the ships in the har- bour hoisted masthead flags, A Royal salute was fired at noon from the flagship and the saluting battery, and flags were flying from clubs and all public buildings. We are authorised to state that the Prince of Wales has no intention of- asking for a Parlia- mentary grant for Prince Albert Victor on the attainment of his majority. PORTRAIT OF PRINCE EDWARD. We are indebted for the above portrait to the Pall Mall Gazette.





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