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TIM Queen held a Privy Council, at Windsor Castle, on Wednesday after- noon. The Speech for the opening of the session of Parliament was arranged and agreed upon. An election was ordered for two Scotch Re- presentative Peers, in the room of the Earl of Airlie and Lord Colville of Clams. Lord John Russell and the Marquis of Lansdowne had audiences. Mr. Justice Talfourd was presented, kissed hands, and had the honour of knighthood conferred on him. The Queen and Prince Albert, with the Castle guests, witnessed a dra- matic performance under the direction of Mr. Charles Kean, in the Ru- bens room, on Friday evening. The piece was Julius Cersar; and the leading parts were taken by Mr. Kean and Mr. Macready—the first time on which those performers have ever appeared on the same stage together.

The Grand Dutchess Stephanie of Baden arrived at the Castle on Friday, on a visit to the Queen and Prince Albert. The Marquis and Marchioness of Douglas, the Marquis and Marchioness of Exeter, the Earl and Countess of Jersey and Lady Clementine Villiers, and the Earl and Countess Spencer, have been among the guests making a brief stay at the Castle. The Duke of Cambridge attended at the British Museum on Saturday. .The Dutchess visited the Dutchess of Gloucester on Monday.