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fine water-fowl, to say nothing of Cockie, the Princess of Wales's cockatoo, who is said to be over a hundred years old.

The kennels are, in their way, quite as fine as the stables. They are very cleverly arranged, all fitted with hot-water pipes, and admirably ventilated. The dogs are exercised in the park, in three paddocks in front of the kennels, or in a large yard paved with red, blue, and brick tiles. All the food consumed in the kennels comes from special kitchens attached to the building. There is also a dog hospital and a nursery, always occupied by one or more litters.

The Prince and Princess are both keen dog-fanciers, and they possess some of the very finest animals in the world. They both exhibit at the leading shows, and Her Royal Highness is the Patron of the Ladies' Kennel Association.

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ALTHOUGH Marlborough House is not in so real a sense the "home" of the Prince of Wales and his family as Sandringham is, His Royal Highness is obliged by his position to spend so much of every year in London that the beautiful old Georgian house has become the centre of his social, philanthropic, and official life.

Surprise has sometimes been expressed that the Prince of Wales has not long ago moved to one of the larger, and one would think more commodious, Royal residences in London, such as Buckingham, Kensington, or St. James's Palaces. But both their Royal Highnesses have so many associations, both of joy and sorrow, with Marlborough House, that they have preferred to remain there, in

spite of its comparatively unpretending character. There is scarcely an object in the house which does not remind the Prince and Princess of some happy incident of their joint lives. The very carpet which is down in the drawing-room was presented to them on the occasion of their wedding; and the Prince's great interest in everything that concerns the history of the country and of the Empire is strikingly shown in each of his homes, for the rooms of both Marlborough House and Sandringham are lined with fine paintings and engravings recalling great events of the Victorian era.

Although Marlborough House is the official residence of the Heir-Apparent, it is considered a private house for taxation purposes, and the Prince pays over £1000 a year in rates to St. Martin's parish.

His Royal Highness's study at Marlborough House, where none but his intimates are admitted, looks like the room of a hardworking man of business. He works at an old-fashioned pedestal desk-table, exactly resembling the one used by his father. The desk portion of the table shuts with a spring, and can only be opened with a golden key, which the Prince always wears on his watch chain. This room, where the Prince spends much of his time, is panelled in walnut wood.

When in London the Prince of Wales has but little time to spare, for almost every hour of his day is mapped out for him. First comes his private correspondence, which is very considerable. Then from ten to half-past ten is spent in talking over and dictating replies to the letters already sorted by Sir Francis Knollys. Immediately after, the Comptroller of the Household discusses with His Royal Highness the arrangements for the day. Often before lunch the Prince has to receive a deputation, or to act as chairman of some committee, frequently held in Marlborough House.

Luncheon is served at 2.30, and the Prince and Princess often entertain parties of their relations who are up in town for the day, for their house is the only Royal establishment now kept up in town, with the exception of York House, where, however, the Duke and Duchess of York have only a comparatively small household. Except when he is travelling, the Prince rarely has a free afternoon, for even on the rare occasions when he has not to visit.

some public institution, to lay a foundation-stone, or to declare a building open, and so on, there are endless social duties to which no one can attend but himself, such as weddings, race meetings, reviews, and receptions. There are certain public functions which are always attended by both the Prince and Princess-for example, the Horse Show at Islington, the Royal Military Tournament, and the trooping of the colour.

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The Prince of Wales gives each season a certain number of dinners which, though in no sense official functions, take the place of those which would in other circumstances be given at Court. Thus he very often entertains various members of the Opposition as well as of the Government. He also occasionally gives what may be called a diplomatic dinner, to which a number of the foreign Ambassadors and Ministers are invited. On many occasions splendid dinnerparties in honour of a foreign guest or Royal relation passing

through town in semi-incognito have given some favoured members of London society an opportunity of making the acquaintance of a great foreign personage. When the Shahzada was in England. the Prince and Princess of Wales gave a banquet in his honour, at which covers were laid for forty. On this occasion, curiously enough, the Prince's chief guest was not able to partake of any dish in the menu save one entitled riz à l'Impératrice. However, he had brought with him his own provisions.

The dining-room in which great dinners are served at Marlborough House is a very fine apartment, containing a considerable number of their Royal Highnesses' wedding - presents. The Prince does not sit at the end of the table, as is usual in most houses, but in the middle seat opposite the buffet, his guests being on the right and left and opposite to him. Good taste reigns over all the arrangements. Thus the tablecloths are severely plain, though of the finest quality, and simply worked with the Royal arms, the rose, the thistle, and the shamrock, while the tablenapkins are invariably folded into a small square to hold the bread, and never in the fancy shapes in vogue elsewhere. To each guest two forks, and no more, are provided, and these are placed prongs downwards. In addition, there are one large tablespoon and one large knife, for in no circumstances are two knives together given to any guest. A great many reasons have been assigned for this rule, but apparently no one has summoned up the courage to ask their Royal host and hostess. It has been asserted that His Royal Highness has the old-fashioned dislike to seeing knives inadvertently crossed. Small water-bottles are used, but the Princess holds to the Hanoverian habit of never having finger-bowls.

The table decorations are quite old-fashioned, for their Royal Highnesses have remained very conservative in all their arrangements, but the flowers placed in the heavy old-world centre-piece are very beautiful, consisting often of roses and the rarest orchids. The menu cards are absolutely plain, with a narrow gold border and the Prince of Wales's crest. The menu is always printed in French, the courses being divided into a first and second service.

The Prince of Wales has never concealed his great dislike to the immensely long fatiguing banquets which were in his youth

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