THE ROYAL COURT



And now is heralded the approach of royalty itself. First, there is seen the royal band of twenty pieces, followed by a hollow square formed by a detachment from the Nineteenth Egyptians. Within the square and leading the van are three Egyptian pages on foot, each bearing before him a richly ornamented cushion, and on these, respectively, are - the royal crown in the centre; at the right, the keys of the city, and at the left, the orb. These three march abreast and hold in their hands their bugles, while their unique costumes are handsomely set off by their brilliant helmets.


Behind them, similarly costumed, bearing heralds trumpets, but mounted, come four more pages, each of whom bear before him respectively the royal mace, banner, shield and sword. Then, with stately head, bowing to his loyal subjects, and mounted on the noble charger, which has borne him in triumph through many of the most exciting epochs in his history, appears



THE GREAT KING

  • himself. Rex seemed the same Rex who smiled so benignly on his subjects in the Royal Capital, a twelve-month before, and the same kingly consideration seemed to beam from his kingly eyes, and promised a long continuance of the pleased favor which has thus far marked his successful reign.

  • His Majesty was robed in a brilliantly hued Egyptian frock, sparkling with jewels and fringed about with gold, while at its front he wore a golden breastplate, from whose burnished surface the sun reflected its rays with dazzling brightness. His kingly legs were adorned with leggins, wrought in colors of black and gold, and over his form there hung a cloak of royal purple, adorned with the royal ermine. On his kingly head he wore a golden helmet, surmounted by a crown, and in his hand he held the royal golden sceptre.

  • THE COURT

    Following his Majesty, appeared the Royal Court, composed of nineteen Egyptian courtiers, attired each in a fanciful costume, as the taste of the wearer happened to dictate, but all preserving an unity in style, although there prevailed throughout as many colors, and more, too, than are popularly supposed to exist in the rainbow.

  • The courtiers, of course, were on foot, and came after his Majesty at a respectful distance, as if aptly trained to regard with proper reverence the atmosphere of redolent royalty which hedged in the sacred person of the King. The foregoing constituted the King's household, and behind the courtiers the hollow square of Egyptian soldiers closed up.

  • THE PEERS OF THE REALM

    A long line ot carriages now comes into view, and within these carriages are seated some attired as Egyptian courtiers, and others in the simple citizen's costume, the Peers of the Realm, numbering upwards of eighty, and embracing Ducal representatives from every province in his Majesty's dominion, from the Duke of Worcestershire even down to the Duke of Bull Run. Each Duke wore upon his breast the glittering order of St. Rex the cross and the crown - suspended by a bright blue ribbon.

  • THE KING'S OWN

    This portion of the display was one of the most attractive features in the procession, and evoked along the line of march such marks of hearty and cordial admiration as must have been gratifying to the gentlemen who had labored so long and so patiently to bring forward an organization well deserving its title and the award of popular praise.

  • MORE OF THE KING'S OWN

    Four companies of the King's Own, numbering upward of four hundred mounted men, under command of the Duke of Armah, were costumed in the wild, weird and fantastical uniform of the Bedouin Arabs, with loose, flowing white and red tunics and trowsers, and the traditional scarf flung from the heads, reproducing to one's mind the pictures often seen of the wild son of the desert; the Bedouin, whose only home is where the hot simoon blows, and the luckless wayfarers bide the time of their destruction. According to tradition, these soldiers carried long, free lances, which, as they held erect, presented to the eye a picturesque and a novel sight./p>

  • The Daughters of the Regiment

    In a handsome carriage drawn by four bay chargers, came the fair daughter of the King's Own Reginient. Attired in the most gorgeous style admissible under the circumstances, this cherished pet of the stern sons of Mars, smiled benignly upon the admiring thousands on every side. That she was a remarkably stout daughter of the regiment, was not to be wondered at, because she belonged to a heavy corps. What if her fighting weight was four hundred and forty-six? That was pretty good evidence that she couhl not only paddle her own canoe, but that she could also get cleverly away with three square meals and a lunch each day - which must have been a great comfort to her.

  • With a keen relish for the harmonious blending of the stern alarums of war, with the humorous phases of existence, the commandant of the forces had prepared, as a rear guard, a spectacle of vigorous humor, mules and army wagons combined in one graceful whole, and to say that the effect was wholesome is but to reiterate the eulogies of laughter which greeted the passing show.

  • Now, looming proudly into view, comes the royal elephant, treading the earth as if conscious of the majesty he represented, or better still, feeling a painful want of confidence in the shaky pavement, which, to his elephantine intellect must have offered but a feeble comparison to the serene security of his native jungles, amid the wilds of the home of the Hottentots.

  • Then came tbe Royal baggage, the Quartermaster's Department and Commissary Department.

  • THE ROYAL NAVY

    This was noticeably a feature of the procession, embracing no less than twelve ships of the line, each mounted on a four-wheel truck handsomely painted, carpeted and appropriately decorated.

  • With a keen relish for the harmonious blending of the stern alarums of war, with the humorous phases of existence, the commandant of the forces had prepared, as a rear guard, a spectacle of vigorous humor, mules and army wagons combined in one graceful whole, and to say that the effect was wholesome is but to reiterate the eulogies of laughter which greeted the passing show.

  • In consequence of an accident received during the journey hither and the scores of wounds received in countless battles, the Lord High Admiral, instead of occupying his position in the fagship of the squadron, preceded the ships in a carriage, decked out in his gorgeous uniform and fairly resplendent with the dazzling decorations which had been conferred on him for his distinguished bravery on many a river and sea of gore and glory. His carriage was fancifully adorned with miniature ships and other insignia of the royal navy, presenting at the same time a pleasing picture and a cheerful reminder of the glories which enshrouded the fame of the battle scarred hero.

  • Charley Jaeger's band now came to the front, preceding the Lord High Constable of the Yeomanry, with his aids, who marshalled his followers, a motley crowd of three or four hundred foot maskers, representing all conceivable characters.

  • Then came the Boeuf Gras, a splendid specimen of the genius bovine, of a rich red color, faultless in proportion and of immense size, his weight being 2250 pounds.

  • THE SECOND DIVISION

    was led by the Master of the Horse, attended by standard bearer, shield bearer and six aids, representing Mamelukes, and all attired in their appropriate garbs, which consisted of a chain mail, gilded helmets, with visors raised, guantlets, spurs, and armed with spear and scimetar. This costume was gotten up with deservedly good taste and appropriations, and the decorations of plumes and medals which were added, enhanced the appearance to a popular degree.

  • Then followed the Amateur Lafayette band, to whose music marched the ancient order of Oxonians, the State Lancers, in the warlike garb of the Crusaders. Closing the rear of this squadron of horse, came Cervante's knight errant, Don Quixotte and his man Sancho Panza.

  • THIRD DIVISION

    In the van of this division, surrounded by his six attendants, rode the Lord of the Carriages.

  • Floating aloft the orange colored banner, announced the approach of this department. This division was composed of some ten or twelve carriages freighted with beautifully dressed mortals robed in garments of variegated hues, rivaling the gaudy colors of the rainbow.

  • In this division we noticed one wagon occupied by two rare specimens from the country, with conspicuous placards stuck upon their backs, boasting of their wisdom, although they hailed from the rural districts.

  • The Carnival Association, representing the Seven Ages of Man, appeared in this division. These were mounted upon floats that had been prepared for the occasion.

  • FOURTH DIVISION

    This division, comprising all maskers in vans, floats, wagons, milk carts and other public vehicles, commanded by the Lord of the Vans.

  • In front of the column floated the royal banner. It was most tastefully contrived; made of the finest silk of that delicate tint known as the ashes of roses; and trimmed with a deep border of crimson velvet, it fluttered defiance of competition to the rest.

  • The Lord of the Van, mounted on a large black charger, rode immediately behind. He was clad in a showy dress of red, with a pale green tunic thrown gracefully about his shoulders. Around him clustered his faithful body guard, numbering some six or seven, robed in the habiliments of their office.

  • FIFTH DIVISION

    This division, consisting of all kinds of vehicles, persons on horseback or on foot, platforms on wheels, on which were displayed all sorts of articles representing any trade or business, all under the command of the Lord High Sheriff of the Guild, formed on the south side of Canal street, it right resting on Camp street, and extending towards the river.

  • The Lord High Sheriff was mounted on a prancing charger, himself dressed in a silk mantle bordered with gold, with ornaments to correspond. He was attended by a brace of Squires, each mounted and caparisoned in like gorgeous costume. These headed the advertising displays.

  • SIXTH DIVISION

    The Lord of the Unattached brought up with his division the rear of the procession. AH the stragglers and late coiners, whether on foot or mounted, were gathered into the ranks, and certainly made up an amusing and interesting crowd.

  • Having given some idea of the great extent and rich display of the procession, we turn to other subjects of interest connected with his Majesty's short but joyous reign.

  • THE PALACE

    From the turrets, on either of the four corners of the Palace, were displayed his Majesty's tri-colored flag of purple, gold and green. It would not have been seemly that his Majesty's vassals should have ignored so festal a day, and all of their industry, energy and tact was exhibited to make of the royal abode everything that his Majesty's guests could have possible reason to expect on so grand an occasion. The grand plaza in front of the Palace was crossed by cords, from which were suspended royal ensigns.

  • The vestibule of the Palace, beliind the portcullis, was handsomely decorated and ornamented with evergreens and tropical flowers, and presented a most attractive appearance, inviting homage from the most abject subject of his Majesty's realm. Archways of imperishable shrubbery graced the passages and stairways which led to the courtrooms above, and these were flanked on either side witli blooming shrubs whose fragrance gave pleasure to all who came within their benign influence.

  • Ascending the stairway, the guest found himself ushered into the assembly room, through which he passed, under another evergreen archway arranged in most elegant and tasty style into

    THE THRONE ROOM

  • The royal upholsterers, Messrs. Charles and Wm. Bastian, of 30 Marais street, were instructed to spare neither pains nor expense in fitting up his Majesty's reception chamber in a style meet for so grand an occasion, and they demeaned themselves in a most fltting manner.

  • This was not more than proper, because here it was that Rex received his subjects, and, surrounded by the Lords of the Realm, be received from them the homage due to his eminent position as "King of the Carnival."



  • the floor was richly carpeted and in the centre and in the parlor was a dais or triple step platform, upon which was the throne, whereon sat his Majesty, supported on the right by the Lord High Chamberlain. Above him was the royal bird (the peacock) volant below him was the royal beast (the lion) couchant, and on either side, as he sat in state, were favorites in his Majesty's household.

  • The Throne was partly enclosed with rich tapestry, in which were distributed in equal proportions the Royal colors - purple, gold and green - overhead was a canopy, bearing, in proper deference to his supporters, the red, pink, violet, white and scarlet colors of the realm; from the canopy ten ensigns of his favorites surrounded Rex's own flag were desported, and beneath these were the King's shield and armorial bearings.

  • In front of the throne lies a never ceasing, ever playing fountain. In the basin, beneath, were flowers of every hue and every clime, contributed by his Majesty's subjects from all parts of the world to give additional grace and glory to the occasion. Their beauty almost dimmed the eye and their fragrance almost dazzled the senses.

  • The walls on either side were decorated with the ensigns, banners and shields of liis Majesty's favorites; and in the panels, suspended from Comus' emblem - the laughing mask - were hanging baskets of chaste design, filled with gaudy and fragrant flowers.

  • The pillars and pilasters were intertwined with festoons of flowers, evergreens and tarleton, strictly in accordance with good taste, and the whole scene was made more than ordinarily brilliant by hundreds of lights of colored tapers and gas jets appropriately distributed about the grand rendezvous.


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