The Early Years of His Royal Highness the Prince Consort

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CHAPTER VII.
1835--1837.

Visit to Mecklenburg, and Tour through Berlin, Dresden, Prague, Vienna,
etc.--First Visit to England.--Residence at Brussels.--Letters of the
Prince.

IMMEDIATELY after their confirmation the young princes went to Mecklenburg to congratulate their greatgrandfather the Grand-duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin* on the 50th anniversary of his accession to the grand dukedom, and after a few days spent there they joined their father at Berlin. Their stay at that capital at this time was short, as they merely remained till they had been presented at court, after which the princes set out on a tour by themselves, visiting Dresden, Prague, Vienna, Pesth, and Ofen, and returning to Coburg toward the end of May. On the 11th of that month, while they were still at Berlin with their father, the Duchess of Gotha writes to congratulate the duke on the success which the young princes had every where met with. "I was sure beforehand," she says, "that you would be received with the accustomed friendship at Berlin. It is really most satisfactory that our dear children bore every thing so well, and have every where made themselves so beloved by their nice manners. May God con-

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*
The mother of the princes was the daughter of Duke Augustus of Saxe-Gotha, by his first marriage to a daughter of this Grand-duke of Mecklenburg.

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