Apart from war anxieties, her Majesty has enjoyed a week of repose in the Isle of Wight. Her granddaughters, Princesses Sophie and Margaret of Prussia, youngest daughters of the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Germany, arrived at Osborne yesterday week.
A deputation presented a congratulatory address from the inhabitants of East Coves last Saturday upon the events of the, Queen's preservation from danger on March 2; and upon the marriage of the Duke of Albany; Princess Beatrice being present with the Queen at the ceremony.
Divine service was performed on Sunday at Osborne by the Rev. George Connor; her Majesty, with Princess Beatrice and Princesses Sophie and Margaret, attending. Mr. Connor joined the Royal dinner circle.
On Monday morning the Reserve Squadron, of which the Hercules bore the flag of Rear-Admiral the Duke of Edinburgh, passed off Osborne from Torbay, and, after saluting the Royal Standard, proceeded to Spithead, her Majesty witnessing the passing from the terrace. The Duke afterwards crossed to Osborne.
A Council was held by the Queen on Tuesday, when the Right Hon. J. Bright had an audience of her Majesty to deliver up the Seals of the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, the Earl of Kimberley being sworn in as Chancellor of the Duchy. The Lord Privy Seal, the Secretary of State for War, and Mr. R. B. Morier, Minister at Madrid, also had audiences of her Majesty.
"The Lion at Home," painted by Rosa Bonheur, has been submitted to her Majesty and to the Prince and Princess of Wales.
Source: The Illustrated London News, No.2256—Vol. LXXXI, Saturday, July 29, 1882, p.110