HOW happy too was Uncle Leopold. He had assured the Queen when first Albert, accepted her devotion, that he almost shared the "feeling of old Zacharias. " 'Now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace!' "* Though Simeon is generally considered the author of the "Nunc Dimittis," his meaning was clear enough: the most magnificent of his architectural designs for the House of Coburg had been passed. The news that the Queen sent him from Windsor the day after her marriage must have made him feel more like Zacharias than ever. "Really," she wrote, "I do not think it possible for anyone in the world to be happier or As happy as I am. He is an Angel . . ."† From that considered opinion she never wavered. But still she was the Queen of England: two days of honeymoon she allowed herself, and then the whole Court followed the bridal pair down to Windsor. They danced after dinner that night and the next (for some reason this was considered rather indelicate): then back they went to London, and Albert began to learn what it meant to have married the Queen of England.
In those intervening months he had thought it all out, and he meant, cautiously and gradually, so that her jealousy of her Sovereign rights should not be aroused, to make him- -self indispensable to her not only as an adored husband, but____________________