Thursday, January 08, 2009

05Feb1864, Parliament Opens Without the Queen

HAGLEY, Friday, February 5th, 1864.
—Frost, and the 1st snow worth mentioning lay on the ground ; real enough to be galoshed against. Parliament opened yesterday : again by Royal Commission. One can't blame the Queen for shrinking from doing it this one year more : even with the Prince by her side, her nervousness used to be nearly overpowering ; and she must have broken the ice by going through some less trying State duty first. This year, too, of course the speech had to take a Danish line about the wretched duchies, whereas the Queen's private sympathies must be German. But alas ! there is an official announcement in to-day's Times that she still feels unequal to any State ceremonials, and the Prince and Princess of Wales are to hold levees and drawing-rooms. I fear there will be great grumbling and discontent at this ; and Oh the difficulty of the Prince of Wales' position !

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