Visit of the Princes to Brussels.--Remarriage of the Duke.--Mr. Florschütz's Recollections of Mode of Life, System of Study, etc.
IN the summer of 1832 the young princes accompanied their father to Brussels on a visit to their uncle Leopold, who, in the course of the preceding year, had been chosen to be the sovereign of the newly-created kingdom of Belgium.
The King of the Belgians, speaking in 1802, in a letter to the Queen, of this visit, says that it was then that she and Prince Albert met for the first time. This, however, is a mistake. The Queen saw the Prince for the first time at Kensington Palace, during a visit paid by the brothers to England in 1836, and which will be noticed in its place.
The stay of the princes at Brussels at this time was short. But, short though it was, their tutor ascribes to the effect produced by what they saw there--by the spectacle which the Belgian capital then afforded, of liberty and independence bravely acquired, and used with good sense and moderation--that appreciation of the blessings of liberty, that attachment to liberal principles which ever afterward distinguished both the princes. In Prince Albert these liberal principles were tempered by a moderation and love of order, and by a detestation of
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Publication information: Book title: The Early Years of His Royal Highness the Prince Consort. Contributors: C. Grey - Author. Publisher: Harper & Brothers. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1867. Page number: 85.