12 APRIL 1856, Page 6

t4t Cant Tun QUEEN held a Court and Privy Council,

at Buckingham Palace, on Wednesday. At the Privy Council it was ordered that the prohibition of the export of certain articles of commerce and contraband of war should be removed. The Earl of Ellesmere took the oath of office as Lord-Lieutenant of the County of Lancaster. At the Court, Sir Alexan- der Malet was presented on returning from his post as British Minister to the German Diet. Lord Palmerston and Sir George Grey had audience.

On Thursday, the Queen held the first drawingroom of the season, at St. James's Palace.

The public amusements of her Majesty's immediate circle have con- sisted of drives, and visits to the Princess's, Olympic, and Adelphi Theatres. Prince Albert has visited the Society of British Artists, the Crimean P.xhibition, Pall Mall, and the studio of Mr. Munro.

Prince Ernest of Leiningen arrived at Buckingham Palace yesterday, on a visit to the Queen.

The list of guests at Buckingham Palace includes the names of Prince Edward of Saxe Weimar, the Honourable George Mifflin Dallas, United States Minister, Field-Marshal Lord Combermere, Lord Wodehouse, Lord and Lady De Ros, Lord George Lennox, Lord and Lady Duncan, Lord and Lady Colville, Lord Redesdale and Miss Mitford, Lord Pan- mure, Sir George and Lady Lewis, and Major-General Whinyates.