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to enter Paris since the days of Henry VI., and the Royal party received a truly splendid reception. The young Prince and his sister, however, were not allowed to be idle, and though they shared

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to a great extent in the entertainments organised in honour of the Queen and of the Prince Consort, their headquarters remained the whole time in the charming country palace of St. Cloud, and after

sight-seeing in Paris all day, they were always driven back there each evening. It is undoubtedly to the impression left by this visit that the Prince of Wales owes his strong affection and liking for France and the French people. When present at a splendid review, held in honour of the Queen, he attracted quite as much attention as any of his elders, for he was dressed in full Highland costume, and remained in the carriage with his mother and the Empress, while the Emperor and the Prince Consort were on horseback.



From the Painting by Landseer, published in 1858

The British Royal party remained in France eight days. The last gala given in their honour was a splendid ball at Versailles, and on this occasion both the Prince of Wales and the Princess Royal were allowed to be present, and sat down to supper with the Emperor and Empress. There had not been a dance given at Versailles since the days of Louis XVI.

One of the most pleasing traits in Napoleon III.'s character

was his great liking for children. As was natural, he paid considerable attention to his youthful guests, who both became much attached to him; and later, when he was living at Chislehurst a broken-hearted

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exile, the Prince of Wales never lost an opportunity of paying him respectful and kindly attentions. Indeed, the Prince of Wales enjoyed his first Continental holiday so heartily, that he begged the Empress

to get leave for his sister and himself to stay a little longer after his parents were gone home. When with some embarrassment she replied that the Queen and the Prince Consort would not be able to do without their two children, he exclaimed, "Not do without us! don't fancy that, for there are six more of us at home, and they don't want us"; but it need hardly be added that this naïve exclamation did not have the desired effect, and the young people duly returned home with their parents.

A few days later, the Prince Consort, writing to Baron Stockmar, observed: "You will be pleased to hear how well both the children behaved. They have made themselves general favourites, especially the Prince of Wales, qui est si gentil." And on the same topic the Prince wrote to the Duchess of Kent: "I am bound to praise the children greatly. They behaved extremely well and pleased everybody. The task was no easy one for them, but they discharged it without embarrassment and with natural simplicity."

When the Prince was fourteen he started on an incognito walking tour in the west of England with Mr. Gibbs and Col. Cavendish. His father wrote to Baron Stockmar: “ Bertie's tour has hitherto gone off well and seems to interest him greatly." Then followed a short time spent in Germany, the greater portion of which was passed at Konigswinter, on the Rhine.

The Prince of Wales was confirmed in April 1858; the Prince Consort gives an interesting account of the ceremony. "They were all three (Lords Palmerston, Russell, and Derby) at the confirmation of the Prince of Wales, which went off with great solemnity, and, I hope, with an abiding impression on his mind. The previous day, his examination took place before the Archbishop and ourselves. Wellesley prolonged it to a full hour, and Bertie acquitted himself extremely well.” The day following his confirmation the Prince received the sacrament with his father and mother.

Shortly after a fourteen days' tour in the south of Ireland undertaken by way of recreation, it was arranged that His Royal Highness should take up his residence at White Lodge, Richmond. He accordingly did so, and the suite of rooms that he occupied while there still bears his name. The Queen and the Prince Consort, anxious that he should not be lonely, appointed as his companions three young

men slightly older than himself. One was Lord Valletort, the eldest son of the Earl of Mount Edgcumbe; the second, Major Teesdale, who had greatly distinguished himself at Kars, and who remained one of the Prince's most intimate friends till his death; and the third,


From a Painting by G. Richmond

Major Lindsay of the Scots Fusiliers, who had received the Victoria Cross for his gallantry at Alma and Inkerman.

By Her Majesty's special desire, Charles Kingsley about this time delivered a series of lectures on history to her eldest son, and the Prince remained fondly attached to the famous author of Westward Ho, who, till his death, was an honoured guest at Sandringham and at Marlborough House.


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