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Prince of Wales Marriage in 1863
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2011, 14:12:08 »

The Dover Chronicle of March 14, 1863, reported in great detail the marriage of the Prince of Wales, Prince Albert Edward, in March 1863, to Princess Alexandra, of Denmark,  and how local people also celebrated the day.
Here is one local report, about celebrations, when Edward Royds Rice, former MP for Dover (in 1837, 1847 and 1852),  who resided at Dane Court, Tilmanstone,  provided villagers with a day to remember:

THE ROYAL MARRIAGE and local celebrations:
On Tuesday last at half past twelve o'clock was solemnized at St George's Chapel, Windsor, the marriage of His Royal Highness Albert Edward Prince of Wales,  with Her Royal Highness the Princess Alexandra Caroline Maria Charlotte Louisa Julia, the eldest daughter of Their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess Christian of Denmark.
     This usually quiet little village was on Tuesday the scene of universal festivity and merry-making, E.R. Rice Esq. with his usual liberality,  providing an excellent and substantial dinner for every working man and boy in the parish, upwards of one hundred in number.
     The large coach-houses at Dane Court were thrown into one, and tastefully arranged and fitted up as a grand banquetting hall for the occasion.   So abundant was the supply of provisions, that the tables groaned beneath the weight of jolly rounds of beef and smoking legs of mutton, with profuse vegetable accompaniments and an array of colossal rich plum-puddings;  nor was the 'brown October' forgotten for XXX was supplied in unlimited quantity.   The Revd Mr Rice courteously presided over the feast, supported by the Revd. Robert Twigg, and the farmers and tradesmen of the village.   
     Justice having been done to the good things provided, the usual loyal toasts were ably given by the Revd Chairman, that of 'Long Life and Happiness to the Prince and Princess of Wales', eliciting such a lusty and long continued cheer as in the wide world is only heard from the throats of stalwart happy Englishmen and fairly startling the colony of grave old rooks in the neighbouring avenue of trees out of their propriety, 'Better Health to the Donor of the Feast, E.R.Rice Esq.' was very feelingly given by Mr Simpson, the respected Steward and drunk with the best wishes for a speedy recovery plainly written on every weather-beaten face present.  While the men and lads were thus enjoying themselves, the women and children were indulging in a cup of bohea at home, plum-cake, tea and sugar having been distributed to every cottage.   
     It had been arranged that after dinner the men should repair to a spacious booth erected in the Park, where sundry more barrells of XXX pipes, and tobacco, were at their service and where the women and children had already assembled for whom cake, oranges, nuts etc. had been prepared.  The day was then to be wound up by dancing, foot races and other rustic sports, for which prizes were to be awarded in useful articles of clothing, a large quantity of coats, jackets, waistcoats, trousers, shirts, hats, dresses etc. having been provided for that purpose. 
     However, at this juncture, the snow fell fast and thick and the sport feature of the programme was obliged to be postponed to a finer day. 
     At seven o'clock in the evening, the farmers and tradesmen mustered at the Three Colts Inn* and partook of an excellent dinner served up in mine host Simmons's best style.   
The song and the toast went merrily round till midnight, and thus finished a day that will be long and gratefully remembered by every inhabitant of the village.”
(* The Three Colts was the name of the pub in Upper Street, later named the Three Ravens)



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