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THE ROYAL VISIT TO IRELAND.

. The Prince and Princess of Wai. s Ft-c foot on Irish soil on Wednesday mor:.ijig, and were received with "all il.o enthusiasm natural to the occasion. The fleet of war-vessels which left ' Holyhead on Tuesday night arrived at Kingstown the next morning at five o'clock, and cast anchor in the roads where men-of-war usually lie. Soon after eight o'clock the Royal yacht, hay.ing the Prince and Princess on board, was sighted, and then the fleet 'Bred a salute of twenty-one guns. Kingstown was crowded with pe#ple who had come to witness the arrival of the Prince and Princess. Soon after the yacht had been sighted she steamed through the fleet, the sailors at the time manning the yards, and sending forth ringing cheers, which were responded to by the people on shore and afloat. The yacht came to anchor at the east pier in the harbor. ' The Lord Lieutenant, with the Marchioness of Abercorn and the Staff, Lord Strathnoirn, and the Lord Chancellor of Ireland, were in waiting to receive the Royal party. A guard of honor of Grenadier Guards were drawn up on the spot where the disembarkation was to take place. As soon as the gangway wa3 lowered the Lord Lieutenant advanced over it, followed by his suite, and, going on board, exchanged cordial greetings with the Royal and illustrious visitors. Shortly after twelve o'clock the Princess, escorted by the Lord Lieutenant, walked on shore. The Prince followed immediately, leading the Marchionesß of Abercorn. The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Teck walked next. As their Royal Highnesses set foot upon the Irish shore a Royal salute thundered forth ; the yards were manned ; the band of the Grenadiers, which had been playing the Danish March and " St. Patrick's Day in the Morning," struck up " God Save the Queen ;" and there was a burst of the most cordial cheering from the brilliant crowd assembled near. The Lord Lieutenant, as representative of the Queen, entered the first of the carriages, and headed the procession. Their Royal Highnesses, with the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Teck, occupied a barouche which followed the carriage of the Lord Lieutenant. The Princess looked remarkably well. Her Royal Highness was dressed in a puce colored tabinet dress, and wore a white bonnet adorned with pink roses. The route was through Clifton-road, Blackrock-road, Seafield-avenue, Sea-point-road, Blackrock, Ball's Bridge, , Pembroke-road, Canal Bridge, Daggartstreet; thence by Merrion-square, Col-lege-green, and Dame-street to the Castle. The whole of the course, from Kingatown to Dublin, a distance of seven miles, was lined with spectators ; the houses were decked, with flags, amongst which the Danish colors were conspicuous. Stands were erected at turns of the road. Garlands and complimentary inscriptions were displayed everywhere. Great numbers of cars and private carriages went out from the city to meet the procession. Neither military nor mounted police were employed to keep the road, but throughout the whole distance the crowd maintained the most perfect order, and received the Prince and Princes with the heartiest' cordiality, which their Royal Highnesses repeatedly acknowledged by bowing. The whole way from Merrionsquare to the Castle was occupied by a dense crowd. The Lord Mayor and Corporation presented an address", in which they congratulated the Prince on his becoming a Knight of St. Patrick, and on his intention to unveil the statue of Edmund Burke. They moreover expressed a hope that her Majesty will command a suitable residence to be prepared for her in Ireland, and will, dwell there among her subjects. The Princess was separately addressed, as having by her deeds of charity and kindness, as well in the country of her birth as in England, justified the enthusiastic welcomes which greeted her when she first landed on our shores. The Prince replied as follows : — My Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Burgesses of the Cfty of Dublin,— lt is with the greatest satisfaction that I have received your address of welcome to your ancient any loyal city. The reception which the Princess and myself have this day experienced calls forth our liveliest feelings and most heartfelt acknowledgments. It has been my moat anxious desire since I last visited Ireland to return to it, accompanied by the Princess ; and I regard her presence this day, equally with ourselves; as a happy omen for the country, although I never for a moment doubted your constant and devoted attachment to the throne of her most gracious Majesty the Queen. It will be a great source of pleasure to me to be present at the inauguration of the statue of one of Ireland's most diitinguished statesmen, and to be enrolled and installed as a Knight of the most Illustrious Order of St. Patrick. In the name of the Princess and myself, I return you once more our hearty thanks. The members of the Corporation were then presented to their Royal Highnesses. After the Prince and Princess of Wales had partaken of luncheon, they were driven through Phoenix accompanied by the Lord Lieutenant and the Marchioness of Abercorn, to the Viceregal Lodge. The illuminations in the evening were general throughout the city. The most effective displays were made in Sackvillestreet arid in Westmoreland-street. The ships on the river were decked with colored lights, which produced a very pleasing effect. The Prince and Princess, with the Viceregal party, left Dublin at half-past twelve on Thursday for Punchestown racecourse. The streets of Dublin were crowded by respectable people, who cheered the Royal visitors as they drove ajong. Their Royal Highnesses arrived on the course at two o'clock, and were warmly cheered along the line by vast crowds. The weather was extremely fine. This meeting is at any time the most popular in Ireland. As far as Dublin is concerned, it may be said to answer to the Derby in England ; but the humors and perils of the road from London to Epsom are greatly intensified upon the highway between this mttropor lisand Funchestc-wiu

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Tuapeka Times, Tuapeka Times, Volume I, Issue 20, 27 June 1868

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THE ROYAL VISIT TO IRELAND. Tuapeka Times, Volume I, Issue 20, 27 June 1868

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