THE Queen and Prince Albert have made a trip to Claremont: they left Buckingham Palace on Saturday afternoon, the Princess Royal riding in the same carriage ; the younger infants were in another car- riage with the Dowager Lady Lyttleton ; the suite in two more car- riages ; and a party of Dragoons formed the escort. They returned to town on Monday in the same order.
Duke Frederick, Prince Augustus, and the Princess Clementine of Saxe Coburg Gotha, arrived at Southampton on Thursday, from Lisbon. Their Royal Highnesses were received by Captain Seymour, Groom in Waiting on Prince Albert ; and proceeded by the railway to town, and so to Buckingham Palace, on a visit to the Queen. Yesterday, their Royal Highnesses were visited by the Dutchess of Kent.
Her Majesty went in state to the Italian Opera on Thursday evening. The Royal party left Buckingham Palace at twenty-five minutes past seven o'clock. The suite and officers of the Household occupied seven carriages; the eighth contained the Queen and Prince, the Mistress of the Robes, and the Master of the Horse. A party of Life Guards was the escort. The Queen and Prince were received by Mr. Lumley, the manager. The Royal visiters staid till the close of the performance, and then returned to Buckingham Palace The Queen held a Court and Privy Council at Buckingham Palace on Saturday. The Council was attended by Prince Albert and most of the Ministers and great Officers of State. Some decisions of the Judi- cial Committee were confirmed. Her Majesty gave audience to Lord Wharncliffe.
Prince Albert transacted business at the office of the Duchy of Corn- wall on Tuesday. His Royal Highness left the Palace at seven o'clock on Wednesday morning, for Bristol, to be present at the launch of the Great Britain ; and returned at seven in the evening.
The King of Hanover gave a dinner-party at Kew on Saturday: among the guests were the Dutchess of Gloucester and Miss Mitford. His Majesty went to the Baroness North's public breakfast, at Putney, on Saturday ; to Mrs. de Rothschild's, at Gunnerbury Park, on Thurs- . day ; and has dined with the Earl and Countess of Chesterfield, Baron Brunow, and the Marquis of Abercorn, at Stanmore Priory. His Ma- jesty, with the Dutchess of Gloucester, was present at Mr. Ernst's con- cert on Tuesday.
The Dutchess of Kent went to the Italian Opera on Saturday and Thursday. Her Royal Highness visited the Queen Dowager at Busby Park on Monday. On Wednesday, the Dutchess walked in the Botanic Garden in the Regent's Park.
The Duke of Cambridge honoured Sir Isaac Lyon Goldsmid with his company on Wednesday afternoon. The Duke, with Prince George, was present at a review in Hyde Park on Thursday ; and, with the Dutchess, at Mrs. de Rothschild's public breakfast. Yesterday, the Duke and Dutchess dined with the Earl and Countess of Wilton.
There have been visits between the Dutchess of Kent, the Dutchess of Gloucester, and the Dutchess of Cambridge.