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PRESENTED TO THE KING.

AN ACTRESS' IMPRESSIONS OF KING ED-WARD. To be presented to tie Klngr in acknowledgment of merit ls a darling ambition ot every actress, but when the honour comes It is very much of an ordeal. An American nctress, wbo had that wish fulfilled, thus describes the incident: — I told the equerry that I hadn't the smallest idea what to do, and would probably taint on Bis Majesty's shirt front; but he comforted mc by saying that I would find myself among the simplest people In the world. All I had to do was to curtsey when I entered the box, and If 'the King offered his hand to curtsey again as I took it, and once more to the Princess. Then I was to watt until His Majesty addressed mc, and in answering I should call him first "Tour Majesty," and after that, if there were any after that, to say "Sir." To the Princess I was to say "Your Royal Highness," and I was to back out of the box when the King bade mc good-bye. "I think I can get in all right," I told the gentlemun-in-waiting; "but I shall probably never be able to back up those three steps leading from the bos. I shall simply sit down on the first one, and shall be pulled out by some one discreetly lurking In the rear." "You'll manage all right," smiled the equerry. "I'll be by your side In case anything goes wrong. Have you your speech ready for Her Royal Highness?" I said that I had it as ready as it ever would be, and a little readier, possibly, than later, and I tried it on him very successfully. I wasn't happy through the last act, but, like a first night, the great terror rolled away when the moment came. I made my first curtsey on the second step, which was nothing short of miraculous, and I am not at all sure if the gentleman-ln-waitlng said anything by way of Introduction, for the first thing I sa.w was the monarch removing his glove that he might politely offer his hand to Miss Sarah Fall-ln-the-Mud, and I knew it wasn't because he wanted to keep the Indian stain of my hands off his white kids, either. "We have gre-tl-y—.--enjoyed the whole play and your own performance, Miss Miller," he said. Think of his going to the trouble of hunting up my name on the sixpenny progra—lrhel The equerry kicked my foot. "I 'thank Your Majesty," I replied. "In the name of the company as well as for myself, for your graclousness in coming to see us, strangers in a strange land, and I beg that I may present these flowers to Her Royal Highness." I think the King said "Surely," then the Princess extended her hand, and I curtsied _s she said: "Are they really lor mc? How sweet!" At this I managed to ejaculate: "We beg to present them with our respectful good wishes for the future happiness of Your Royal Highness." "Oh, thank you," said the Princess, "and thank them." And the King said: "Very nice indeed. Miss Miller, very kind. Come to our country often." At which I replied: "Thank yon, Sir, I should like to." Then the King and Princess both suddenly turned their backs, looking down Into the stalls, nnd I saw that the equerry was making little roundabout quirks with his finger which, I realised, meant that I need not have to back np the steps, nfter all, as the Royalties were giving mc an opportunity of walking out nose foremost. —o I fled to the company, and told them all about it, thanking the gentleman-lu-waitlng for "holding the book on mc."

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PRESENTED TO THE KING. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 68, 20 March 1909

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