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the higli satisfaction expressed by her Majesty on her first visit, two
years before, to the
"Land of the mountain and the flood,"
the highest expectations were raised that she would not be a stranger
in her northern dominions ; and the intelligence was received with
joyous welcome that Blair Athol Castle had been selected for a short
residence by the Court this year, at the close of the Session of Parlia-
ment, Much anxiety now prevailed as to the port which would be
chosen for the royal landing. Among our townsmen, expectations
were naturally high in favour of this port. Its claims to some dis-
tinction as an ancient royal residence, and honoured by Scottish So-
vereigns, its contiguity to the royal route, and its ample facilities for a
landing place, seemed all to point to it as the probable scene of the
royal debarkation. The excitement, however, was speedily allayed
by a communication from Sir James Grahame, Home Secretary, to the
Provost (Alexander Lawson, Esq.), annoimcing "that her Majesty
may be expected to arrive at Dundee on Tuesday night or Wednesday
morning ; and that her Majesty will probably land at Dundee on
Wednesday morning." All now was bustle and activity, and nothing
were heard but the din of preparation for the royal reception. The
civic and harbour authorities and corporate bodies were instantly on
the qui vive, and arrangements on an extensive and gorgeous scale
were enteredupon, that the reception might be worthy of the exalted
rank of the royal visitor, and creditable to the importance of the burgh
and port, and the loyalty of its citizens. As all the incidents of the
illustrious occasion must yet be fresh in the recollection of the inhabi-
tants, for whom chiefly we wiite, we need only here record the leading
features, selected from the luminous and glowing descriptions which
were given at the time by our ably conducted local press : The middle
quay, between King William and Earl Grey docks, was fixed upon for
the royal landing. An elegant and beautiful triumphal archway was
erected at its entrance, from designs by Mr Leslie, JHarbour Engineer^
It occupied the entire width of the quay — had a large central arch
and two lesser on either side. On the centre was the royal arms, under
which blazoned the word "Welcome," with " Victokia" in the dado of the
parapet, and "Albeet" in the archivolt of the centre arch; besides other
appropriate insignia and decorations ; — the whole surmounted with a
tall flag-staff, from which, floated the royal standard, made for the
occasion, nearly a hundred feet high. The gates were of open work.
A landing place was tastefully fitted up on the Queen's quay : A large

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