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QUEEN VICTORIA

the Queen of England visiting the tomb of Napoleon I. on the Emperor's arm is none the less striking for that.

(a) EXTRACT FROM THE QUEEN'S JOURNAL

TUESDAY, 20th June 1837.

I was awoke at six o'clock by Mamma, who told me that the Archbishop of Canterbury and Lord Conyngham were here ,and wished to see me. I got out "of bed and went into my sittingroom (only in my dressing-gown) and alom, and saw them. Lord Conyngham (the Lord Chamberlain) then acquainted me that my poor Uncle, the King, was no more, and had expired at 12 minutes past two this morning, and consequently that I am Queen. Lord Conyngham knelt down and kissed my hand, at the same time delivering to me the official announcement of the poor King's demisex). The Archbishop then told me that the Queen was desirous that he should come and teil me the details of the last moments of my poor good Uncle; he said that he had directed his mind to religion, and had died in a perfectly happy, quiet state of mind, and was quite prepared for his death. He added that the King's sufferings at the last were not very great but that there was a good deal of uneasiness. Lord Conyngham, whom I charged to express my feelings of condolence and sorrow to the poor Queen, returned directly to Windsor. I then went tt) my room and dressed.

Since it has pleased Providence to place me in this station, I shall do my utmost to fulfil my duty towards my country; I am very young and perhaps in many, though not in all things, inexperienced, but I am sure that very few have more real

1. demise [dï'maiz]: death.

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