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in issue was, in fact, whether the constitution was or was not to be maintained; whether the wild ideas of theory were to conquer the wholesome maxims of established practice; and, whether those laws, under which we have flourished for such a series of years, were to be subverted by a reform unsanctioned by the people. As a person nearly and dearly interested in the welfare, and, he should emphatically add, the happiness and comfort, of the people, it would be treason to the principles of his mind, if he did not come forward and declare his disapprobation of those seditious publications which had occasioned the motion now before their Lordships and his interest was connected with the interest of the people; they were so inseparable, that, unless both parties concurred, happiness could not exist. On this great, on this solid basis, he grounded the vote which he meant to give, and that vote should unequivocally be for a concurrence with the Commons in the address they had resolved upon. His Royal Highness spoke in a manner that called not only for the attention, but the admiration of the House; and these words were remarkably energetic-"I exist by the love, the friendship, and the benevolence of the people; and their cause I will never forsake as long as I live." The Prince then concluded by distinctly saying, "I give my most hearty assent to the motion for concurring in this wise and salutary address."

It is a lamentable fact, that the important law which is absolutely necessary to prevent members of the Royal Family from intermarrying with subjects, must almost necessarily prove destructive of their matrimonial happiness. Royal marriages are in consequence contracted without any possible previous choice, at least on the part of the heir apparent; who is legally incapable of leaving the kingdom, even for the momentous purpose of selecting his future bride. A private individual, thus re

stricted, would certainly prefer celibacy itself to such a compulsory engagement; but even that privilege is denied to the heir of the throne, who must therefore marry, and seems born only to sacrifice his personal comforts for the safety of the state. It is state policy alone, not mutual affection, producing voluntary choice, that forms most of the royal matrimonial connexions in our own country:-who then can be surprised that the political marriage of the Prince of Wales should have so soon produced unhappiness, and terminated in separation?

This marriage had been long determined upon before it was officially announced; and the Princess Caroline-Louisa, daughter of his late Serene Highness Charles-William-Ferdinand, Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbuttle, and of Her Royal Highness the Princess Augusta, sister to our present venerable Sovereign, was selected, it is said, by the King himself, to be the partner of his eldest son, and the future Queen of Great Britain.

The British parliament granted a princely provision for the royal pair. Carlton House was superbly furnished for their reception, and it was stipulated, that the Prince, on his marriage, should be exonerated from his debts; towards the liquidation of which, however, £25,000 was to be deducted from £125,000 per annum: His Royal Highness's annual income having been raised from £60,000 to that magnificent sum. In addition to this, £26,000 was voted for furnishing Carlton House, £27,000 for the expences of the marriage, and £28,000 for jewels and plate.

His Majesty's ship Juno, of 50 guns, four frigates, two sloops of war, and two royal yachts, were appointed to escort the Princess to the British shores and the 8th of April, 1795, was the day appointed for the solemnization of the nuptials; which took place on the evening, in the Chapel Royal, at St. James's.-The Archbishop of Canter

bury officiated on the occasion; and the procession to and from the Chapel was in the following order:


Drums and Trumpets.

Kettle Drums.

Sergeant Trumpeter.
Master of the Ceremonies.

Bride's Gentleman Usher between the Two senior Heralds.

His Majesty's Vice Chamberlain.

His Majesty's Lord Chamberlain.

In her nuptial habit, with a Coronet, led by his Royal Highness the Duke of Clarence.

Her train borne by four unmarried daughters of Dukes and Earls, viz.

Lady Mary Osborne,
Lady Charlotte Spencer,

Lady Caroline Villiers,
Lady Charlotte Legge.

Her Royal Highness was also attended by the ladies of her household.

On entering the Chapel, the Princess was conducted to her seat, prepared for her near Her Majesty's chair of state, by the Master of the Ceremonies and the Gentleman Usher, who afterwards retired to the places assigned them.

The Lord Chamberlain and Vice Chamberlain, with a Herald, then returned to attend the Bridegroom; while the senior Herald remained in the Chapel, to conduct the several persons to their respective places.


In the same order as that of the Bride, with the addition of the Officers of his Highness's Household.

His Royal Highness the PRINCE OF WALES,

In his Collar of the Order of the Garter, supported by Two unmarried Dukes,-Duke of Bedford, and Duke of Roxburgh.

His Royal Highness having been conducted to his seat in the Chapel Royal, the Lord Chamberlain, Vice Chamberlain, and Two Heralds, returned to attend His Majesty.


Drums and Trumpets, as before.
Knight Marshal.

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His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester.
His Royal Highness the Duke of York.

Vice Chamberlain of the Household.
Sword of State, borne by the Duke of Portland.
Lord Chamberlain of the Household.


In the Collar of the Order of the Garter.

Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard.
Colonel of the Life Guard in waiting.
Captain of the Band of Gentlemen Pensioners.
The Lon of the Bedchamber in waiting,
Master of the Robes.

Groom of the Bedchamber.

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Her Royal Highness the Duchess of York.
Princess Sophia of Gloucester,
Supported severally by their Gentlemen Ushers.
The Ladies of Her Majesty's Bedchamber.
Maids of Honour.

Women of Her Majesty's Bedchamber.

At the conclusion of the marriage ceremony, their Majesties retired to their chairs of state under the canopy, while the authem was sung; and the evening concluded with very splendid illuminations, and other public demonstrations of joy, throughout the metropolis. The City of London, and various other places, presented addresses of congratulation;—and the Princess was shortly afterwards pronounced pregnant, to the great joy of the nation, upon the pleasing prospect of an uninterrupted succession to the throne.

His Majesty manifested great anxiety on this important occasion, by his continual inquiries concerning the health of the Princess, his daughter-inlaw. The great Officers of State were summoned to attend and on the morning of the 7th of January, 1796, Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales was safely delivered of a daughter, in the presence of the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Gloucester, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Lord Chancellor, the Lord President of the Council, the Duke of Leeds, the Lord Chamberlain, Earl Cholmondeley,

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