2 DECEMBER 1865, Page 1

We rejoice to report that the Queen has officially announced

her intention to open the new Parliament in person, if her state of health at the time permits—of which we trust there is every reasonable hope. The duty of leading society must be—to any one who does not really enjoy it—about the most irksome that is discharged on the face of the British Isles, and the Queen is doubt- less making a great sacrifice when she promises to begin that mono- tonous work of little meaning, and yet clear obligation, again.