A TRIP to Claremont and the departure of the Dutchess of Kent for the Continent have varied the Court routine.
The Queen and Prince, who left town for Claremont on Saturday, returned to Buckingham Palace, accompanied by the Prince and Princess of Leiningen, on Tuesday, in time to visit the Italian Opera. Don Giovanni was, by the Royal command, substituted for L'Elisir Er Amore, which had been announced. The Dutchess of Kent, who had Visited the Queen at Claremont on the previous day, dined at the Palace, and formed one of the Royal party. On Thursday, the Dutchess of Kent left Clarence House, and embarked at Woolwich for the Continent. The Queen and Prince Albert ac- companied their Royal parent to Woolwich. The whole of the troops at the depot, under the command of Lieutenant-General Lord Bloom- field, with a numerous staff, were drawn out on the parade, and saltved the Royal party as they passed, the hand playing "God save the Queen." They were received at the gate of the Dockyard by Admiral Sir Wil- liam Parker; and were conducted by the Admiral, in a pinnace, steered by Captain Phipps Hornby and rowed by eight sailors, alongside of the Firebrand steamer. The band of the Royal Marines played "Rats Britannia" during the trip. The banks of the river, crowded with people variously exhilarated by curiosity or loyalty, presented an ani- mated spectacle. The Queen seemed much gratified with the hearty greetings of her loyal subjects, until the moment of parting, when the Dutchess-of Kent embarked on board the steamer. The scene is thus described by one who seems inspired with the mild enthusiasm of the ordinary Court historian of the Circular-
" Prince Leiningen kissed her Majesty's hand and afterwards her cheek. Her Majesty having kissed her Royal mother twice very affectionately pre- viously to her quitting the barge, shed tears, and appeared deeply affected at parting with her illustrious parent ; and on her return to the land covered her face with her handkerchief. This deep feeling on the part of her Majesty continued until she entered her carriage; and the public sincerely sympathized with her on parting with her beloved mother. "The Queen, on entering her carriage, tried to recover the cheerful appear- ance she had on her arrival, and Prince Albert exerted himself to the utmost with the same object in view; but the feelings of affection and regret at sepa- rating from her earliest protector appeared to predominate ; and the Royal party proceeded at a quick pace on their return to Buckingham Palace."
The Times is too discreet, or too polite, or too sceptical, to saT any thing about the kissing in the parallel passage. The Standard is less prudish.
The Queen gave audiences to Lord Melbourne on Saturday, Wed- nesday, Thursday, and Friday ; Lord John Russell accompanying his colleague on the last day. The Premier joined the Court at Clare- mont on Sunday, where he remained till the next day.
The Judge-Advocate-General also had an audience of the Queen on Saturday.
The Duke and Dutchess of Cambridge and the Princess Augusta ot Cambridge dined with the Duke of Wellington on Sunday. The Dutchess and her daughter dined with the Archbishop of York on Wednesday, and afterwards accompanied their host to the Ancient Concerts.