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EXPLANATION OF THE PRINTS OF FASHION.

FASHIONS

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No. 1.-CARRIAGE DRESS.

Round dress of Bombazine, elegantly finished at the border with broad black velvet, surmounted by a flounce of fine white muslin, headed by a rouleau of the same. Black velvet spenser, with a sautoir, or half handkerchief, of mourning shawl manufacture. Bonnet of white crape, with full plume of black ostrich feathers. Bouilloné ruff of fine muslin, Black chamois slippers and gloves.

No. 2.-EVENING DRESS.

DECEMBER, 1818.

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Andalusian robe of black crape, worn over a black satin slip, ornamented at the border with crape flutings. The robe vandyked with black velvet, richly ornamented with trimming of twisted crape, down each side. The sleeves confined at the mancherons by a superb knot of jet. Henrietta ruff of white crape broad hemmed. Black velvet toque ornamented with jet, and black cypress feathers.

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GENERAL OBSERVATIONS

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FASHIONS AND DRESS. THE stagnation that prevailed for several weeks in the motley regions of Fashion's extensive empire, shewed that we were, in a great measure, prepared for an event which was almost to be desired by the friends of the Royal sufferer, as a sure relief from the anguish she endured, and the certain conviction that virtue meets its reward in heaven, and which reflection makes us submit with resignation to its unerring 11 will.

Fashion is the power which is generally arrayed in the varied robe of Iris, and to whom is consecrated

-" the dimpled smiles, "Such as glow on Hebe's cheek."

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Health and youth light their torches at her fane, and the solemn pomp of woe suits not with her varied votaries. Yet, as if presaging this dire event, never, even in the ancient courts of Spain and Portugal, was black so prevalent as it has been for this last fortnight, both for the evening costume and for the promenade. Black satin and black velvet spensers have become almost universal among the higher classes for the morning walk.

Among the bounets, on the present mournful occasion, we have been favoured with the sight of one made by Mrs. Bell for a lady of high rank: it is of transparent black crape, very large, and ornamented at the edge by a full cheveux-de-frize trimming: a superb cluster of the blossom called honesty, is laid in a kind of studied negligence between the crown and the brim; emblematic of the honest grief of a British bosom for the consort of him they still revere; while they bless for ever the generous heir apparent who, possessed of all the dear affections of nature, has shewn such unremitting and dutiful attention to his late venerable mother. A black velvet college cap, with a plume of cypress feathers, is n high favour; and a large black satin bounet for morning walks, trimmed with folds of crape, is much in requisition.

A new Scottish toque is much worn for paying morning visits, or for friendly dinner parties; it is composed of crape and black satin, with laurel leaves affixed on the left side, of the same materials. A dress cornette is, however, more prevalent on the above occasions. It is formed of white crape, and ornamented in front with a full half wreath of black crape flowers: the

*Nothing enhances so much the excellent qualities of the Prince Regent's heart as his incessant and unwearied affection to his august and virtuous mother, which has never ceased from boyhood till the present mournul hour,

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crown terminates loosely behind, and is formed of black crape: there is a taste and fancy in this head-dress which confer bigh honour on the invention of Mrs. Bell. An evening toque of black velvet, trimmed with rows of jet, dividing the crown from the head-piece, is also another specimen of her unrivalled powers in the article of taste.

The bonnets are still worn very large; cypress feathers are more worn than we Opera cloaks of dark grey, expected. lined with black, are in favour at present for the general mourning, but we prophecy that they will become too common to be adopted by the higher classes, by whom they are seldom worn, except at entering the Theatres, or in the early spring and late autumual season, in an open carriage.

N. B. Our Cabinet of Taste is unavoid ably closed at present: every European court will, no doubt, adopt the “sable garb of woe" for Britain's virtuous Queen.

COURT AND GENERAL MOURNING. THE following orders of the Lord Chamberlain and the Deputy Earl Marshal, re

THE little novelty represented at either of our national Theatres, at the commencement of last month, and their close on a Jate lamented occasion, will, we trust, be an apology to our readers for omitting at this time of universal sorrow, our usual dramatic intelligence; while we devote these remaining pages to the present Royal subject of a nation's regret.

DEATH OF THE QUEEN.

Ir is at length our duty to announce this melancholy, though not unlooked-for termination of a course of human suffering uncommonly protracted and severe. That her Majesty should not have sunk before, under the complicated maladies which assailed her at so advanced an age, is, we

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MONTHLY MISCELLANY;
INCLUDING VARIETIES CRITICAL, LITERARY, AND HISTORICAL.

"H. H. MOLYNEUX-Howard, Deputy Earl Marshal."

are taught to believe, more surprising to her medical attendants, than that she has ultimately yielded to their violence. The Queen was born on the 19th of May, 1744; having from nature a sound and vigorous frame. Until within these two years, her Majesty enjoyed an almost uninterrupted state of health; and, as is sometimes the case with those whose habits are regular, and whose various bodily powers are thence exposed to a pretty equal pressure, the first very serious attack of disease was that which indicated a general breaking-up of her constitution. The water which accumulated in her limbs and on her chest, was an unequivocal symptom of the deadly stage at which her Majesty's sufferings had arrived. This source of distress and immediate alarm was, however, acted upon, from time to time, both by medicines and

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surgical operations; which were produc-
tive of partial, though gradually diminish-
ing relief, until "the potent poison quite
o'ergrew" the antidotes applied to it by
Each interval of re-
professional science.
pose became shorter than the preceding
one—each succeeding paroxysm more acute
-each struggle more nearly mortal. The
Queen expired at Kew, about one o'clock,
on Tuesday, November the 17th, 1818, in
the seventy-fifth year of her age.

The last bulletin issued respecting her
Majesty's health was of more than usual-
ly alarming tendency, and served to pre-
pare the public for the event which was
afterwards announced. It was as follows:-
"Kew Palace, Nov. 17.
"The Queen's state last night was one of great
and imminent danger. Her Majesty continues
very ill this morning.

(Signed)

a fit, though melancholy, close of his incessant attendance day and night, and of his anxious contrivance of every expedient that could administer relief and comfort to his parent, in her long and afflicting illness of six months. His Royal Highness was assisted by the Duke of York and their Royal Sisters. The expiring scene-thé heart-rending feelings of the Regent, and all present, it will be equally impossible and unbecoming to attempt to describe. The brothers and sisters were supported with much difficulty to another room, where the Regent continued several hours, and then left for town.

"F. MILLMAN,
"H. HALFORD."

It is asserted, that the first alarming chauge in the state of the Queen was on Monday afternoon, and was of such a nature as to induce Sir Henry Halford to write to the Prince Regent to hasten his departure from London; and the Regent immediately sent for the Duke of York to accompany him to Kew palace. Their Royal Highnesses remained at Kew till near one o'clock, when her Majesty hav ing recovered from her serious attack in the afternoon, and there being no immediate appearance of danger, they left their af The Queen flicted parent for the nigh passed a disturbed night, but only similar to what she had frequently done for some time past: and the physicians had sent off an account to the Regent a little before eight o'clock to that effect. In two hours afterwards a serious change for the worse took place, and Sir Henry Halford sent off an express, which arrived soon after eleven o'clock at Carlton-house, and the statement was so alarming, that the Prince sent instantly for the Duke of York to accompany him to Kew. Their Royal Highnesses arrived at Kew palace before half past twelve, and repaired to the chamber of their expiring parent, who, we are happy to say, was perfectly sensible of their presence. The scene was truly distressing, and the Prince Regent had the trying task of supporting his mother in her last breathings

The first communication which arrived in town of the melancholy tidings, was about half past two at Carlton-house, by communication sealed with black, to Viscount Sidmouth, as Secretary of State for the Home Department. The intelligence was soon circulated, and inquiries were made very numerously at Carlton-house; and at three o'clock the following notification was issued:

"Carlton-house, Nov. 17. "Her Majesty expired at one o'clock this day, without a pain."

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It was written on paper with wide black edges. Shortly after, the following letter, sent by Lord Sidmouth to the Lord Mayor, was placarded at the Mansion-house :— "Whitehall, Nov. 17.

MY LORD,-It is my painful duty to inform you of the death of her Majesty the Queen. This melancholy event took place at Kew Palace, at one o'clock this day.I have the honour to be your Lordship's most obedient,

"SIDMOUTH." To the Right Hon the Lord Mayor.” In the evening, and before the post hour, a special Gazette, with a black border, supplementary to the regular one, was published, for the express and sole purpose of announcing her Majesty's decease, in the following words:→

"Whitehall, Nov. 17.

"This day, at one o'clock, the Queen departed this life, to the inexpressible grief of the Royal Family, after a tedious illness, which her Majesty bore with the most pious fortitude and resignation. The many great and exemplary virtues which so eminently distinguished her Majesty throughout her long life, were the object of universal extrem and admirao, amongst all classes of his Majesty's subjects, and render the

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