0Thursday. 6th [July 1893]—1 Queen Anne Street
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6 July 1893 — 1 Queen Anne Street
Thursday. 6th [July 1893]. I got up directly after breakfast & went at ¼ to 10 to No 17 Cavendish Square in our carriage to fetch Blanche & her children to drive to Buckingham Palace to see the Royalties start for the York marriage. We went up Oxford St by the Marble Arch into Hyde Park. When we neared Hyde Pk Corner we found quantities of cabs & omnibuses wh were allowed to go thro’ the Pk in order to keep Piccadilly clear. We were some time getting across out of the Park & it was 10.45 before we arrived at Buckm Palace. Blanche’s children had seats in a stand erected in the enclosure before the Palace. Blanche & I had tickets for the chief corridor. We stood near the steps leading to the principal door close to the door of the centre drawing room where the royal party assembled. We saw them all arrive at the Palace in their state coaches– There was the Czaravitch, the K. & Q. of Denmark, & all our Royal families with their children. The Dss of Teck & the bride Princess May were staying at Buckingham Palace & came down the side staircase when all had arrived. Abt 11.30 they all got into their carriages again & made 3 Processions—the last being the Queen’s. Her Majesty could also be seen coming slowly down the stairs at the end of the corridor helped by an Indian who held her under one arm. When she got to the corridor she got into a chair & was evidently wheeled through the drawing rooms—for when we saw her again she was walking with a stick still supported by the Indian. She seemed in high good humour & was talking to the Dss of Teck who went with her in the glass coach to the wedding. As soon as the Queen had left we had to leave the Palace. I walked to the carriage & Blanche joined the children at the stand to see the return procession. To avoid the crowd my coachman took me round by Queen’s Gate & the Park home. It was curious to observe the deserted look of that part—no carriages, no one about & to think that the whole of London was concentrated in Piccadilly & St James’s Street wh were most beautifully decorated with flags & flowers & the houses draped externally & balconies filled with people. I got home at 12.45—& did not go out again. The rest of our party dropped in from different places from wh they had seen the show—abt 3 & Henry took them to the National Gallery to see the Duke & Duchess of Teck driving to the station– Richard Du Cane, Mama, Mr Herbert Thompson dined with us & after dinner all the Du Canes & their friends—a man to each girl came down & started off to see the illuminations—returning afterwards to sup here– Henry & I went off to bed at 11 & Maria kindly remained to entertain the party.

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