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Shortly after four o'clock the whole inhabitants were astir, and every
avenue to the town was thronged with eager travellers, riding, driv-
ing, and a-foot, hastening to the scene of attraction, and " all went
merry as a marriage bell." By six, the spectacle was gorgeous
and imposing. The Provost, Magistrates, and Council, with the Corpo-
rate Bodies, lieutenancy of the county, &c., were all in their places wait-
ing the reception ; the galleries were crowded with ladies and gentle-
men — presenting quite " a galaxy of beauty and fashion." Some of
the finest vessels in port were moored along the landing quay, their
yards being manned with gallant tars, neatly attired in blue and white ;
whilst every available space outside, in the windows, and on the tops of
the houses, was occupied with happy smiling faces, beaming with life
and joy. Along the Protection Wall and Marine Parade, too, fronting
the river, the crowds were dense ; yet the utmost quiet and decorum
prevailed. The landing took place at half-past eight, when five barges,
one of them bearing the royal standard, arrived at the landing place
from the royal fleet, amid the most enthusiastic cheering and waving
of hats and handkerchiefs by the assembled throng. Lord Charles
Wellesley and Sir Edward Bowater, equerries in waiting, received her
Majesty at the platform, when the Queen, leaning on the arm of
Prince Albert, who led the young Princess in his left hand, ascended
the staircase to the place of reception. The Prince, on seeing the
Provost, Magistrates, and Member for the Burgh, said, " Good morn-
ing, gentlemen ;" and her Majesty smiled and bowed. Mr Duncan
then introduced the Provost of the Burgh, when the Queen said, " My
Lord Provost, I have to thank you for the very kind welcome with
which I have been received, and the admirable arrangements made to
facilitate my landing." The Provost briefly replied ; and after the -
presentation of numerous loyal and affectionate addresses, which were re-
ceived by Lord Aberdeen, the royal party proceeded on foot along a rich
carpeting to their carriages, amid renewed cheering, and bowing, and
waving of handkerchiefs, which the Queen and Prince acknowledged in
the most afiable and gracious manner. The Magistrates having taken
tlieir seats in the civic carriages, and the procession being formed, it
began to move oli' through theVictoria archway ; on issuing.'from the por-
tals of which the covi) cVceil was grand and imposing. Looking at the
archway and the scene beyond, Lord Aberdeen was heai'd to exclaim,
" Well, this is really fine !" The royal cortege proceeded up Castle
Street, along High Street and Nethergate, up Tay Street, by Dudhope
Crescent,to Dudhope Church, on to the Coupar Angus road, amid the same-

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