ning Lady Lyttelton listened to
"dear Prince Albert playing ... and with such master skill."She had never "listened with much more pleasure to any music." At dinner she asked him about his playing and he answered,
"Oh, my organ, a new possession of mine. I am so fond of the organ! It is the first of instruments; the only instrument for expressing one's feelings."
"How strange he is!"Lady Lyttelton wrote.
" He must have been playing just while the Queen was finishing her toilette and then he went to cut jokes, and eat dinner, and nobody but the organ knows what is in him, except, indeed, by the look of his eyes sometimes."At Easter the Queen and the Prince took the sacrament together in St. George's Chapel, for the first time. The Queen recorded after the Prince's death that he " had a very strong feeling about the solemnity of this act, and did not like to appear in company either the evening before or on the day on which he took it." So the Queen and the Prince dined alone. Next day they knelt beneath the tall old arches of the chapel, beneath the closet where the Queen was to sit, twenty years later, in widow's weeds, to see her son married.
Before the Court left Windsor somebody proposed to the Prince that a sentence should be added to the liturgy, to pray for the Queen and her baby, which was soon to be born.
"No, no; you have one already in the liturgy,"replied the Prince, and he quoted,
"All women labouring with child."He added,
"You pray already five times for the Queen."
The courtier at his elbow answered,
"Can we pray, Sir, too much for Her Majesty? "
The Prince answered,
"Not too heartily, but too often."
In November they were back in Buckingham Palace. On the twenty‐ first, the Duchess of Kent wrote to Coburg,
"Our good angel Albert remains at the side of his beloved."At three o'clock the same afternoon she wrote,
"A daughter was born at two o'clock. Mother and child are as well as they can be, God be praised."
Prince Albert added a postscript,
" Albert, father of a daughter! You will laugh at me. "1
THE Court, with a husband, wife, and growing baby, living in domestic contentment and eschewing gaiety, was the symbol of important