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and Cannon-street and Watling. street on the other, omnibuses and cabs were pressed into the service at incredible prices, and their roofs converted into plat- forms on which, women and children scrambled at the risk of breaking their legs and arms. The appearance of the whole pageant as the procession turned in from Cheapside and defiled round the Cathedral was truly gorgeous and imposing. Respectful demonstrations were made in favour of the occupants of each of the Royal carriages but the scene that took place when the personages of the day came in view was the most extraordinary in the whole route of the r Royal Highnesses. Every lady of the many thou- sands seated round the glorious edifice that presented itself to the admiring eyes of the Princess sprang to her feet, a myriad of handkerchiefs were waved simulta- neously, the boys of St. Paul's School gave the fire," and the exuberant joy of the multitudes in the streets in windows, and on the roof tops, broke forth in deafening cheers that the roar of artillery would scarcely have drowned, and which were kept up till the Royal party had passed into Ludgate-hill. TEMPLE-BAR. Temple-bar, as everybody knows, stands at the western extremity of Fleet-street, and separates the city of London from the city of West- minster. As one of the most conspicuous objects on the route of the procession, and as offering peculiar facilities for an effective display, the civic authorities wisely re- solved to decorate it in a manner worthy of so joyful an occasion. The result of their labours, if not exactly calculated to please all tastes, was, at all events, suffici- ently striking and gorgeous. Under the superinten- dence of the City Architect, cunning workmen had succeeded in putting a new face upon an old friend, and in so altering his whole appearance as to make recog- nition exceedingly difficult. Who could have detected in the glittering mass of gold and crimson which be- strode Fleet-street the dirty, gray, weather beaten structure, with its heavy stonework, its timeworn statues, and its terrible reminiscences of human heads stuck upon spikes, which is so familiar to us all P The massive gates had been retained, and the general out- line of the new creation called up a dim recollection of the ancient edifico as it came from the hands of Wren, but there the resemblance ended. From top to bottom all was changed. The lower parts were swathed in coloured cloth, decorated with fringes and tassels, so that not an inch of the masonry was visible. Above the centre of the middle arch were placed medallion I portraits of the Prince and Princess in white stucco. Broad pieces of cloth of gold, stiff with metal, were drawn over the body of the structure, and so arranged on either side of the centre window as to represent the front of a pavilion. The heavy folds were adorned here and there with two hearts in crimson velvet, bound together with blue ribands and enclosed in a wreath of green leaves. Of course the well-known statues which have looked down with their stony eyes upon so many strange scenes were en- tirely concealed from view, but in their stead two gilt figures appeared in a sitting posture at the spot where the cloth of gold, parted and drawn aside, seemed to give admission to the interior of the tent. The united arms of England and Denmark, surmounted by a crown and surrounded by a golden wreath of bay-leaves, were displayed at the top of the pavilion. Higher up rose the pediment, its middle or flat portion filled in with cloth of a reddish purple hue, and inclosed in an elabo- rately carved cornice in white and gold. The devise chosen for the cornice was the letter A. which stands for both Albert and Alexandra, encircled by a wreath of flowers. On the summit of the pediment, with its head towering far above the roofs of the houses on either side, stood a white statue of Hymen, who, armed with his torch, seemed eager to celebrate the nuptial rite. At each angle of the building was a tripod con- taining incense, while over the posterns were white altars beautifully sculptured, and angels holding bun- ches of orange blossoms. So attractive an object as we have endeavoured to describe, standing in such a pro- minent position, could not fail to draw together an im- mense crowd of spectators. Nor did it. The crush at this point, indeed, was all the morning something won- derful. THE STRAND AND TRAFALGAR-SQUARE.—If the City of Westminster, not having a wealthy corporation to conduct its affairs, was unable to produce any of those decorations on a large scale which were to be seen in the City of London, its inhabitants individually did not fail to give abundant and emphatic proof of their loyalty by decking out their shops and dwellings in the most brilliant gala trappings. The fronts of the houses were lavishly festooned with garlands of artificial flowers balconies and galleries were hung with crimson cloth flags, of all shapes and hues, fluttered in bewildering variety from the housetops, from the windows on the upper stories, and from long lines stretched across the street from one side to the other. One, for exam- ple, hung out the greeting Welcome Fair Denmark the Mountains of Wales," a clear proof that he himself was a native of those parts, or surely he would have welcomed the illustrious lady to something more in season. Another quoted Shakspeare's lines- God, the best maker of all marriages, "Unite your hearts in one." The two churches of St. Clement Danes and St Mary- le-Strand, which stem the current of the great thorough- fare like islands in a stream, were each walked about with spacious galleries, accommodating about 2,000 peo- ple, and brilliantly adorned with flags, evergreens and crimson cloth. The entrances to King's College and Somerset-house were also blocked up by galleries, and the vestibules of the theatres in the Strand were transformed into private boxes for the nonce. Further west large and lofty galleries were erected in front of the gaps on the south side of the Strand caused by the Railway demolitions. The Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields was enclosed on several sides by scaffolding, for the accommodation of spectators, and a considerable number of persons also clustered on the roof. An immense banner extended across the street, bearing the words 11 The Parishioners of St. Martin's welcome their future Princess." Tra- falgar-square, of course, attracted a vast concourse of peo- ple but as the route of the procession lay along the upper, instead of the lower end of the square, only a small number of persons obtained a view of the sight compared with those who might have been gratified in that way had the arrangement been reversed. The points of vantage ground, such as the base of the Nelson Column and the pedestals of the other statues, were covered with patient crowds from a little after noon. The upper terrace was also densely thronged. The darkening aspect of the skies soon occupied the general attention, and led to speculations as to whether Admiral Fitzroy's suspicions of the loyalty of the weather were well founded During the smart shower which fell between 2 and 3 o'clock, much despondency ensued, for it was feared that the Princess would drive past in a closed carriage, but nobody seemed to flinch from the wetting or pay any regard to it, except in so far as it might affect the chances of getting a good look at the august stranger. After getting out of the City the procession made its way more comfortably and alertly, but it did not reach Trafalgar-square until nearly a quarter past 4. PALL-MALL.—In Pall-mall, which the procession next entered, preparations had been made for its reception with as much diligence as in the great thoroughfares through which it had just passed. No house on either side of the street was left undecorated, and no window unoccupied. Crimson and scarlet were, as eleswhere, the prevailing hues; but there were other colours too, by which these were relieved, at frequent intervals. The blue and white of the handsome balcony which ran in front of the Carlton Clubhouse distinguished it from its neighbours. A profusion of laurel leaves served the same purpose for one or two private houses. The War- office was draped all over with folds of crimson and white cloth, and in the courtyard before it was erected tiers of benches capable of holding some hundreds of per- sons. A balcony in front of Malborough-house—the future residence of the Prince and Princess of Wales— furnished similar accomodation. As at the Carlton, spacious balconies were constructed in front of the Athenseum, the Travellers', the Reform, the Army and Navy, and the other Clubhouses. Nor were they long untenanted on Saturday morning. Ladies, for whose accomodation chiefly they were provided, began to take possession of them shortly after 11 o'clock, and were set down by carriages at the Clubhouse doors in one unbroken stream up to not very long before the procession arrived. When they had taken their seats, and the vast crowd which thronged the streets was confined within proper limits on each side by the police, Pall-mall looked proudly gay indeed. From Her Majesty's Theatre, whieh may be regarded as the starting point of Pall-mall proper, and the bal- conies of which were tastefully ornamented and filled with ladies, along the whole way to St. James's dense files of eager spectators lined the street from pavement to housetop; and from pavement to housetop, from window and balcony, was the Princess Alexandra warmly welcomed as she passed. The people in the street cheered her long and loudly,and innumerable hand- kerchiefs waved in the air conveyed to her the cordial greetings of the fair occupants of the balconies. She bowed gracefully and repeatedly her acknowledgments for the spontaneous burst of enthusiasm which her pre- sence evoked, whilst the Prince of Wales also expressed thanks. The procession wheeled from Pall-mall into St. Jame's-street, where it still encounterred the gaze of thousands equally eager to catch a glimpse of it as were those whom it had just passed. PICCADILL Y. This long and spacious thoroughfare was not so profusely decorated as St. James's-street, yet it possessed an interest of its own from the mansions of the nobility with which it is interspersed. Cambridge- house, the residence of the Premier, was the chief object of attraction, and a dense crowd assembled to view the procession from this point, and to witness the greetings which could scarcely fail to take place between the Royal party and the distinguished occupant of the mansion. Lady Palmerston took her seat at an early hour upon a low temporary balcony just raised above the wall of the courtyard. A alight shower of rain after- wards compelled her to withdraw; but shortly before the arrival of the Royal procession Lord and Lady Palmerston, accompanied by the Duke of Somerset, the Marqui d' Azeglio, the Earl of Shaftesbury, Lady Jocelyirrsaod other kiendo, took theilleAta lu the centre of the balcony. The Premier who appeared to be buoyant with good humour and animal spirits, was re- ceived with loud cheers by the crowd, whose salutations, both now and subsequently, he acknowledged with great courtesy. Having given this prominence to the residence of the Prime Minister, we shall ask the reader to accompany us along the route taken by the procession from St James's-street to Apsley-house and Hyde Park. The view down St. James's-street from Piccadily was superb. In front of Devonshire-house, along the entire length of the wall between the two entrance gates, a range of seats was erected, covered with scarlet cloth, and pro- tected from the weather. About 300 of the Duke's friends were here accommodated, among whom were Lord Carlisle, Lady Taunton, and the Duke and Duchesss of Argyll. The balconies of Miss Burdett Coutt's house at the corner of Stratton-street, were tastefully draped with red and white. Bath-house, the seat of Lord Ashburton, had a staging covered with crimson cloth, fluted with white and purple riband, and decorated with choice plants. The mansion of the Duke of Grafton at the corner of Clarges-street, was conspicious by the absence of all decorations or signs of welcome. The Mansion of Hertford may share with the Duke of Crafton's the unenviable notoriety of being almost the only two houses along the line taken by the procession which exhibited no sign of rejoicing. Co- ventry-house, occupied by the Comte de Flahault, the late French Ambassador, was ornamented after the Italian fashion by a brilliant display of costly carpets and shawls. The Duchess Dowager of Sutherland, Lord Russell, the Marquis and Marchioness de Cadore, the Speaker of the House of Commons, and many others were upon the balcony. The House of Baron Meyer de Rothschild, M.P., was neatly decorated. The blinds of the Mansion of the late Mr. Henry Hope were closely drawn-the hatchment, with its inscrip- tion, At spes non fracta," being still over the portico. Gloucester-house, occupied by the Duke of Cambridge at the corner of Park-lane, exhibited a superb Prince of Wales's plume in glass drops. The pillars of the balcony were wreathed with evergreens. Below the drawing-room windows were four flags-two Danish and two containing the Prince of Wales's plume. Sir Edward Kerrison's mansion, at the cornor of Hamilton- place, was most gaily decorated. Mauve, yellow, and crimson draperies, looped up with white and red roses, extended from the drawing-room windows to the ground floor, and flags of all colours floated from the windows. But the most beautiful decorated mansion in Piccadilly was that of Lord Willowby d'Eresby, joint Hereditary Great Chamberlain of England, in Hamilton-place. A line of flags of all nations, like a ship's bunting on a gala day, flew from the roof to the outer palisades. A flag waved from each window, and the balcony pillars were tastefully wreathed with holly and laurel The front of the house was hung with drapery divided into three compartments. The centre of white satin and gold contained the Star and the Order of the Garter; the two side compartments were of blue satin studded with gold stars. The effect was very gay and cheerful. At Devonshire-house the Princess exchaftged many graceful courtesies with the titled personages assembled. Yet she by no means neglected the humbler classes who filled the footways on both sides. Her smile, like sun- shine, fell both on rich and poor. At Cambridge-house, the pace of the Royal carriage, slow as it was, was mode- rated in order to enable the Royal party to exchange friendly and almost individual salutations with the Premier and his friends. The Prince of Wales, the Princess Louise, and Prince Christian joined in the cour- tesies with marked affability, and the Royal salutations were of course returned with empressment by Lord and Lady Palmerston and their friends. The pleasure which this recognition gave to all parties was instinctively felt by an English crowd, and the cheering at this mement was deafening. Lord Russell, the Duchess Dowager of Sutherland, Comte Flahault, and the party at Coventry house, also shared in the special attentions of the Princess and the Royal party. Another mansion honoured with the distinct recognition was that of the Duke of Cam- bridge, where the Duchess and Princess Mary waved their handerchiefs and bowed an affectionate welcome. h. HYDE-PARK. In Hyde-park a spectacle awaited the Princess which is not to be viewed beyond the free soil of England. An army of 17,000 men, representing all arms of the service, marched to that green sward, as they had done once before, to prove their fidelity and zeal to the Royal House of England. Among the units of that vast array there was not one with whom arms was a profession. According to the official programme 14,000 men were to have been brigaded within the en- closures at 2 o'clock, but at half-past 2 battalions were still pouring through the several gates allotted for their entrance, and in such strength that the conjectural re- turns of the previous day were exceeded in the aggre- gate by 3,000 men. The reception given to the Prince and Princess was extraordinary. There was tremendous cheering, and it seemed for a moment to be snowing white handkerchiefs. The force was opened out into the line shortly before half-past 3 o'clock. It was not, as usual, two, but four deep. THE RAILWAY STATION AT PADDINGTON. The ar- rangements within the GreatWestern Railway station at Paddington, were most complete and satisfactory. A variety of beautiful plants in flower tastefully orna- mented the reception apartments. The inner vestibule opens to the platform, and here arrangements were made for the comfortable accommodation of 2,000 ladies and gentlemen; a central space of between 30 and 40 feet square on the departure platform, immediately commu- nicating with the reception rooms, being reserved for the unobstructed passage of the Royal party. Five commodious and substantial galleries were erected, two across the platform and one on either side, extending the whole length of the station downwards. At 20 minutes past 4, the Royal train entered the sta- tiou. It consisted of three carriages, with engine and tender. The engine was the celebrated one, Lord of the Isles," built by the Great Western Railway Com- pany at Swindon, and shown at the Great Exhibition of 1851. It was decorated with flags and evergreens. The Royal saloon carriage, believed to be the most complete ever constructed, was inspected by Sir George Grey Sir William Hayter, and a few others who were per- mitted to abtain a passing glimpse of its accommodations and adornments. The saloon carriage has an entrance lobby, with doors and windows on both sides. Its length is about 30 feet by 10 broad, and it rests on eight wheels. The State compartment is handsomely furnished with side sofas, covered with crimson silk damask. At one end is a chair of State, richly carved and gilt. In the centre stands an ottoman in crimson silk. The floor is fitted with a bordered Axminster carpet. The compartment is lighted from the roof. The ceiling is composed of white watered tabaret in flutes radiating from the centre. The roof is double, thus affording contrivances for ventilation, which can be regulated at will by turning a handle in one corner of the compart- ment. On the other side of the entrance lobby, and communicating with the State apartment, is a coupe, fitted up as a retiring room. The windows of this com- partment are of ground glass. In the other end is a eoM/?. not communicating with the State saloon, for the chairman or chief officers of the company. In the ceiling of this compartment is an apparatus for signal- ling the driver to increase or diminish speed, &c. Mr Saunders, the secretary, received their Royal Highnesses and conducted them through the outer vestibule into the State reception rooms. Meanwhile the Royal attendants, in scarlet liveries, proceeded along the gangway to the train, and in a few moments the Prince of Wales, leading the Princess Alexandra, was conducted by Mr. Saunders across the platform to the Royal carriage, the guard of honour presenting arms and the band playing the National Anthem. The appearance of their Royal Highnesses was the signal for a loud and universal acclaim of joyous welcome, which the Prince and the Princess acknowledged with the most gracious and graceful cordiality. At 15 minutes past 5 the train, which was driven by the Earl of Caithness and Mr. Gooch, the locomotive seperintendent of the line, slowly left the station, the band playing God save the Queen" and the Danish anthem while the enthusiastic shouts of the joyous as- semblage seemed to re-echo the prayer,— That all that can make up the glory Of good and great may till their story." At Slough it rained so heavily as to spoil the decora- tions and to prevent the demonstrations on the road to Windsor, and it was half-past 6 o'clock as the precession passed under York and Lancaster gateway to the grand entrance. The Queen, with the officers of the house- hold, received her on the grand staircase, and in a few minutes the Princess found an ample solace for all the toil and excitement of the day in the arms of the Royal lady her loving mother. We need say no more than that the welcome she received here was of the warmest character.