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The Prince of Wales's Reception by Said Pacha, Viceroy of Egypt, at

Cairo

The Princess Alexandra of Denmark

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The Prince on Coming of Age

The Princess in 1863

The Princess

The Marriage of the Prince and Princess

A Contemporary Design for the Marriage of the Prince and Princess

On the Wedding Day

The Princess in 1863

The Princess in 1864

The Princess with the Baby Prince Albert Victor .

The Prince, the Princess, and Prince Albert Victor

The Queen with Prince Albert Victor

The Prince at the Age of Twenty-Three .

The Queen, the Princess of Wales, and Princess Helena

Thanksgiving Day, 1872: The Scene at Temple Bar

Thanksgiving Day, 1872 : The Procession up Ludgate Hill

The Queen, with the Princes Albert Victor and George, and the Princess

Victoria of Wales

The Prince's Indian Tour, 1875

Embarkation on Board the Serapis at Brindisi

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The Prince's Visit to the Cawnpore Memorial

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The Princess of Wales in her Robes as Doctor of Music

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The Duchess of Fife and the Princesses Victoria and Maud

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The Prince and Princess of Wales, with the Duchess of Fife and Lady
Alexandra Duff

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The Queen and the Duke and Duchess of York

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The Prince in Admiral's Undress Uniform

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The Prince as Grand Master of the Knights-Hospitallers of Malta, at the
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Mr. John Porter and Mr. Richard Marsh, the Prince's Past and Present

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THE PRINCE OF WALES AND THE PRINCESS ROYAL IN 1842

From the Painting by Sir W. C. Ross, A.R.A.

CHAPTER I

BIRTH AND EARLY EDUCATION

THE PRINCE OF WALES was born on 9th November 1841, at Buckingham Palace. The Duke of Wellington, who was in the Palace at the time, is said to have asked the nurse, Mrs. Lily, "Is it a boy? "It's a Prince, your Grace," answered the justly offended woman.

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The news was received with great enthusiasm throughout the country, and the Queen and Prince Albert had thousands of letters and telegrams of congratulation not only through official sources at home and abroad but from many of Her Majesty's humblest subjects all over the world. Punch celebrated the event in some verses beginning

Huzza! we've a little Prince at last,

A roaring Royal boy;

And all day long the booming bells
Have rung their peals of joy.

And the little park guns have blazed away,

And made a tremendous noise,

Whilst the air has been filled since eleven o'clock

With the shouts of little boys.

Even at the moment of his birth the eldest son of the Sovereign became ipso facto Duke of Cornwall, and before the Prince was four weeks old he was created Prince of Wales and Earl of Chester by Royal Patent, as the former of these titles never passes by merely hereditary right, but is subject to fresh creation for each holder of the title.

As a matter of fact the title of Duke of Cornwall has always. been held by the eldest son of the Sovereign for many centuries, and

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at the moment of his birth the Prince became entitled to the revenues of the Delectable Duchy, of which the rentals and royalties come to over £60,000 a year. His Royal Highness is also Duke of Rothesay and Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. He is Prince of Saxony, Earl of Chester, Earl of Carrick, Earl of Dublin, and Baron Renfrew, and he also enjoys the picturesque title of Lord of the Isles. A little less than a month after the birth of her eldest son the Queen wrote to her uncle, Leopold I., King of the Belgians: "I wonder very much who my little boy will be like. little boy will be like. You will understand how fervent are my prayers, and I am sure everybody's must be, to see him resemble his father in every respect, both in body and mind."

The christening of the Prince of Wales took place on 25th January 1842, in St. George's Chapel, Windsor, for although Royal baptisms had hitherto been celebrated within the Palace, both the Queen and Prince Albert felt it to be more in harmony with the religious sentiments of the country that the future King should be christened within a consecrated building.

As can be easily understood, the choice of sponsors for the Prince of Wales was a matter of considerable delicacy. Finally the King of Prussia was asked to undertake the office. He accepted the invitation, and arrived in England a few days before the ceremony in which he was to play so important a part. The Prince's other sponsors were his step-grandmother, the Duchess of Saxe-Coburg, represented by the Duchess of Kent; the Duke of Cambridge; the young Duchess of Saxe-Coburg (Queen Victoria's sister-in-law), represented by the Duchess of Cambridge; Princess Sophia, represented by the Princess Augusta of Cambridge; and Prince Ferdinand of Saxe-Coburg.

Nothing was omitted to make the Prince of Wales's christening a magnificent and impressive ceremony. There was a full choral service, concluding, by the special desire of Prince Albert, with the Hallelujah Chorus. "It is impossible," wrote the Queen in her Journal, "to describe how beautiful and imposing the effect of the whole scene was in the fine old chapel, with the banners, the music, and the light shining on the altar." It was significant of the young Queen's native simplicity that the Prince was only christened

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