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by their Serene Highnesses the Duchess | mained on a visit to the Queen-dowager Ida, Prince Edward, and the Princess till the twentieth of September, and on of Saxe-Weimar, she, in October, 1847, the twenty-ninth of the same month, einbarked on board the Howe war ship, the Duchess Ida of Saxe-Weimar, and of one hundred and twenty guns, at the Princesses Anne and Amelia, arrived, Portsmouth, for Madeira, and on the and by their presence afforded great way thither put in at the Tagus, and consolation to the royal sufferer, who, paid a complimentary visit to the Queen notwithstanding her increasing weakand Prince-consort of Portugal. In ness, was enabled to take frequent carMarch, 1848, Adelaide embarked for riage airings up to the sixth of October, England. After a prosperous voyage, which was the last day she was enabled she reached Spithead, on the second of to enjoy out-door exercise. She then April; the same day visited the Queen took to her chamber, and from that peand Prince Albert at Osborne, slept that riod her health rapidly declined. On night on board the Howe, and the next the twelfth of October, the Queen and day proceeded to London.

Prince Albert, on their return from In the autumn of 1848, the Queen- Osborne, visited their illustrious reladowager took Bentley Priory, the seat tive, who, in the same week, received of the Marquis of Abercorn, near Stan- visits from the Duchess of Kent, the more; and there passed the following Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the winter, but without adding vigour to Duchess of Gloucester, and the hereher weakly constitution. As the spring ditary Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of 1819 approached, her health became of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. On the eighalarmingly delicate, and incipient symp-teenth of October, the Bishop of London toms of dropsy presented themselves. attended at the Priory, and by Adelaide's Her physicians exercised all conceivable own express desire, administered the care and discretion, with the view of Holy Sacrament to her. combating the disease and fortifying the The Queen and Prince Albert paid failing strength of the royal patient their last visit to their illustrious relaagainst any crisis that might occur. A tive on the twenty-second of October, bechange to the sea-air being deemed fore leaving for Osborne ; and shortly advisable, the Queen-dowager, on the afterwards the Duchess of Kent twice twenty-eighth of May, proceeded to visited the dying Queen. On Friday, Worthing; but as her health continued the thirty-first of October, the condition to decline, after a fortnight's residence of the royal sufferer excited the greatest there she removed to Tunbridge Wells, alarm. On the afternoon of that day a where the Queen and Prince Albert paid distressing change took place, and her her a visit. Towards the close of June, immediate relatives were hastily sumthe Queen-dowager returned to her re- moned to her chamber. She, however, sidence in Bushy Park, in a very unsa- rallied, and the next morning was aptisfactory condition. Her constitution parently more cheerful; but the same was evidently breaking; and now change day, at seven in the evening, another of air no longer proved, as it always serious change took place, which dehad done previously, in the slightest noted, beyond doubt, the approach of degree beneficial. Her Majesty and her death. From this time her Majesty household removed from Bushy to never rallied, but passed from life in a Bentley Priory, on the first of Sep calm slumber, after a feeble cough, which tember; and meantime, ber relatives in occasioned the bursting of one of the Germany, having been apprized of her vessels of the lungs. Their Serene declining condition, the Duke and Highnesses the Duchess Ida of Saxe Duchess of Saxe-Meiningen, and the Weimar, the Princes Edward and Gus. Princess Mary, arrived from the Con- tave, and the Princesses Anne and tinent on the fourth of September, Amelia, were present at the dissolution and were followed by the Prince-here- of their illustrious relative. The Earl ditary. Their serene highnesses re- I and Countess Howe, Sir David Davis, the Rev. Canon Wood, the Rev. G. P. , liberal charities to the poor of the disHudson, Sir Andrew Barnard, Colonel trict, as well as her naturally unostentaand Mrs. Cornwall, and Miss Hudson, tious deportmeut, had rendered her deeply were also in attendance.

beloved by all classes of the inhabitants. On the demise of her Majesty, the The funeral of Queen-dowager Ade. subjoined bulletin was issued by her laide was, in compliance with her own physicians :

expressed desire, conducted with but " The Priory, Dec. 2nd, 1849.

little "pomp of the dead,” or “pageantry “Her Majesty the Queen-dowager

of state.” The ceremony of " lying in expired at seven minutes before two also was the process of embalming the

state"

was altogether dispensed with, as o'clock on Sunday morning, the second of December, without any apparent suf- royal remains ; and, contrary to the fering, and retaining her composure of usual custom, the obsequies were permind to the last.

formed at mid-day instead of after sun. “ David Davis, M.D.

set by torch-light. The funeral took “RICHARD BRIGHT, M.D." place on Thursday, the thirteenth of

December. At eight in the morning the At a later hour, a London Gazette er- royal remains were removed from Benttraordinary was published, containing ley Priory for interment in the royal the melancholy announcement in the mausoleum in St. George's Chapel, following words:

Windsor. The procession was unos“ Whitehall, Dec. 2nd, 1849.

tentatious; and, with the exception of a “This morning, at seven minutes be strong detachment of Life Guards, there fore two o'clock, her Majesty the Queen was nothing beyond the ordinary disdowager departed this life, at Stanmore play observable at the funeral of a priPriory, to the great grief of her Majesty the outer coffin-for there were three of

vate individual. The coffin, or rather and of all the royal family, after a pain them in all, was of Spanish mahogany, ful and protracted illness, which she covered with rich crimson silk velvet; a bore with exemplary patience. The loss double row of gold nails formed the outof this most excellent Princess will be

line, and the compartments were shaped deeply mourned by all classes of her by a triple row of smaller gold nails. Majesty's subjects, to whom her many The sides were relieved by massive gold eminent virtues rendered her the object handles, and the corners were of the of universal esteem and affection."

same, ornamented by an engraved Captain Bedford, gentleman usher to crown. The lid, in its upper compartthe departed Queen-dowager Adelaide, ments, had a large raised regal crown, conveyed the mournful intelligence of and in its lower division a reversed torch her Majesty's demise to London with all and an extinct serpent. The plate bore possible speed. Expresses were hastily the inscriptionforwarded to the Queen and Prince Al.

Depositum bert, to the Duchess of Kent, and to the Serenissimæ Principessa Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, with

ADELAIDE intelligence of the mournful event; tidings

Reginæ Dotariæ of which were also communicated on

Obiit Die Decembris Sunday forenoon to Sir George Grey,

Anno Domini MDCCCXLIX. her Majesty's principal secretary of state

Ætatis Suæ LVIII. for the home department, and to the The procession proceeded with befit. lord mayor. The great bell of St. Paul's ting solemnity through Ruisslip, Uscathedral, as is customary on the demise bridge, and Slough ; and upon arriving of a member of the royal family, tolled, at the south porch of St. George's Chasoon after the news was received in the pel, Windsor, the royal body was recity of London. A deep gloom was cast ceived at the door by the Archbishop of over the village of Stanmore from the Canterbury and the canons of Windsor, mournful death of Queen Adelaide, whose and placed upon the platform. The

crown of the departed Queen, with its | the procession then moved into the choir cushion, was deposited on the coffin, and in the following order :

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Five Sailors.

Five Sailors.

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The Canons of Windsor.

Garter.
The Lord Chamberlain of her Majesty's Household.
Supporters of the pall. THE BODY, Supporters of the pall.
Lord Byron.

covered with a black Lord Adolphus
Lord Frederick

velvet pall, adorned Fitzclarence.

with escutcheons Fitzclarence.

Viscount Barrington.

of her late And the Earl

Majesty's And the Marquis of of Sheffield.

Arms.

Ormonde.
The chief mourner the Duchess of Norfolk, veiled, attended by Lady Cowper.

His Royal Highness Prince George.
His Serene Highness Prince Edward of Saxe Weimar.
His Serene Highness Prince Gustave of Saxe Weimar.

Master of the Horse to her late Majesty.
Lord Chamberlain to her late Majesty.

Vice Chamberlain to her late Majesty.
Ladies of the Bedchamber to her late Majesty.

Maids of Honour to her late Majesty.
Women of the Bedchamber to her late Majesty.

Clerk Marshal to her late Majesty.

Equerries to her late Majesty.
Chaplains to her late Majesty.
Physicians to her late Majesty.

Surgeons to her late Majesty.
Gentlemen Ushers to her late Majesty.
Dressers and Wardrobe Maid to her late Majesty.

Service page to her late Majesty.

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On entering the choir, the chief | mighty God to take out of this tran. mourner took her seat at the head of the sitory life into His divine mercy, the coffin, the lord chamberlain of the de- late most high, most mighty, and mos parted Queen took his place at the feet, excellent Princess Adelaide, the Queenthe vice-chamberlain standing near his dowager, relict of his Majesty King Willordship, and the other persons com- liam IV., uncle to her most excellent posing the procession arranged them- Majesty Victoria, by the grace of God, selves behind the chief mourner, and on of the United Kingdom of Great Brieither side of the chapel. The Arch- tain, Queen Defender of the Faith, whom bishop of Canterbury performed the ser. God bless and preserve with long life, vice; and after he had read the lesson, health, honour, and all worldly nappithe fifteenth chapter of the First Epistlé piness.” The lord chamberlain and to the Corinthians, from the twentieth vice-chamberlain of the departed Queenverse to the end, 'the pall was with- dowager Adelaide then stepped to the drawn; and whilst the anthem, “When mouth of the tomb, and amidst prothe ear heard her, then it blessed her," found silence broke their staves of office, was being sung, the coffin was gradually and kneeling, deposited them on the lowered into the vault. When the coffin in the royal vault. archbishop had read the last collect and Thus ended the obsequies of the last pronounced the benediction, garter king Queen-dowager of England. There were of arms, standing near the grave, pro- present at the solemn ceremony Prince nounced the style of the departed Queen Albert, the Duke and Duchess of Cam. as follows: Thus it hath pleased Al- | bridge, the Duchess of Kent, the Duke of

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Saxe-Weimar, the Princesses Anne and tion, the Ragged Schools, the Chris. Amelia of Sare-Weimar, the Dukes of tian Knowledge Society, the Metropolis Wellington and of Norfolk, the Mar- Church Fund, the Church Building Soquises of Lansdowne and of Abercorn, ciety, and to numerous other societies, Lord Jobn Russell, and other noble and institutions, and funds established for the illustrious personages.

religious, moral, and social advancement The character of Queen Adelaide was of mankind. According to the “ Times," pre-eminently distinguished by, piety, it was also the practice of Queen Adeliberality, unbounded charity, and bene- laide “to subscribe largely to all the volent sympathy. By her munificence charities in every place where she hapthe previously-mentioned church at Malta pened, even for a time, to reside, espewas built and endowed, as also was the cially to those of the parish of St. MarNaval Asylum at Penge, for the widows tin, in which her London residence was of commanders, lieutenants, masters, and situated." Her efforts in the furtherance pursers in the Royal Navy. She like- ofart, science, and literature were consider. wise was a liberal contributor to the So- able; and in her choice of artists, sculptors, ciety for the Propagation of the Gospel and architects, and in the commissions in Foreigr. Parts, the Colonial Bishopric which she so liberally gave to painters, Fund, the Church Missionary Society, the sculptors, and others, she exercised reSons of the Clergy, the Emigrants’ Epis- markable taste and discrimination. copal Fund, the fund for the erection of Such was Adelaide of Saxe-Meininchurches in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, gen, a queen of inestimable piety, gentleCape Town, the Australian, and other ness, and beneficence, and whose loss was British Colonies; the National Society, felt and deeply lamented by all classes the London Diocesan Board of Educa- throughout the kingdom.

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