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DISTRIBUTION OF WAR MEDALS BY THE QUEEN. On Friday Her Majesty distributed medals for service in the Crimea to a1l such otHcers as could be assembled for the purpose, and to a portion of the non-commissioned officers anJ soldiers from every regiment engaged in the campaign in the East, Galleriell and stages of enormous extent were constructed at every point over-looking the Parade in front of the Horse Guards. The House of Lords and House of Commons were accommodated in galleries erected on the park side of the Parade. On the opposite aide were two large galleries, the north being devoted to the families of the officers participating in tbe ceremony, and the southern gallery being appropriated to members of the Government and their families and friends. Between tbese two galleries a capacious balcony, handsomely fes- tooned with scarlet cloth, was constructed for the members of the Royal Family. Extensive flights of seats were also erected at the south end of the Parade, and at the nortb, white the roof and stone balconies of the Horse Guards, the Admiralty, the Treasury, and of every house were crowded. The stages and galleries were all covered with crimson cloth, and between 9 and 10 o'clock they became filled with a brilliant assemblage of beauty and fashion, clad in the gayest hues of spring. On the Parade, near the Horse Guards, were assembled hundreds of officers of every rank and of every arm in the service, wearing the full uni- form of their regiment, with all the stars, medals, ribands, crosses, and orders, which they were privileged to wear. The central object of the Parade, towards which all eyes were turned, was the Royal dais, lined with crimson cloth, situated about 50 yards from the Horse Guards. It con- tained a handsome gilded chair of state for Her Majesty, and a smaller chair for the Prince Consort. The chair was placed so that her Majesty, when seated, faced St. James's Park. The crowd outside the barriers, along the Mall, and at every point, from which anything could be seen was so vast, and the pressure so dense, that Hyde Park would hardly have sufficed for the display. Shortly after ten o'clock, the Royal carriages arrived, containing the Princess Royal, the Princess Alice, and other juvenile members of the Royal Family, who took their places in the Horse Guards central balcony. Her Majesty entered the Parade from Whitehall precisely at 11 o'clock, amid the cheers of the multitude and the thunder of canon. Her Majesty was accompanied by Priuca Albert and a brilliant suite. Her Majesty, who wore a lilac and white dress, green velvet mantle, and white bonnet, looked extremely well. Prince Albert wore the uniform of a Field Marshall. The Queen courteously acknowledged the cheers of the multitude, as God save the Queen" pealed out from the bands of the various regiments which assisted at the parade. The distribution of tbe medals immediately commenced, after an evolution which may be termed a kind of coup de theatre. The various recipients of the medals were formed in line, and Her Majesty stood face to face with ber brave soldiers of the Crimea. The Sailors and Marines formed in line on the left of the G lards. A murmur of applause ran round the countless assemblage to see thua^rawn up in the order of their precedence—Cavalry, Royal Horse Artillery, Sappers and Miners, Guards, and Infantry of the jLine—tbe gallant fellows, who hue donlt their part in ¡,¡u8taini06f the honour of our couutry, and poured OQt their blood like water in it» defi/Dce. The officers and soldiers then passed before Her Majesty in tingle file, the baud playing the "Coronatton March" from tbe Pruphete. As they arrived at the left side of the dais each man handed to }lajor-GeDeral YVetherail a card contaioiDjf his name. his rallk, and, if wounded, al what battle. These particulars were rea.1 out by the Adjutant- General for the information of the Queen and Cuurt, On Her Majesty's light stood the Minister for War, who hand- ed the medals successively to Her Majesty, whicb Her jtfgjesty handed to the men with the sweetest grace and dignity. The tint person who received the medal was his £ Soy») Highness the Duke of Cambridge, and a shout rang AI,1t from the multitude which alike expressed the public s £ u&e of the Royal Duke's deserts and a consciousness of the high gratification which it must have afforded the Queen to lie", in the van of that gallaut body one so nearly allied to her in blood and friendship. Then came Colonel Macdonald, the Duke's Airie-de-Camp, Major-General the jftarl of Lucan, Major-General (;1 _4: oGnugan, who greets1 ~"u >uua cneers, Major-General the Hou. J. Aeuelhtt, with their respective stall' and the cavalry in the .ordejr of their regiments. The Royal Artillery, Royal jEngwe^rs, and lioyal Sappers and Miners, under Lieu- jteDact.-<Janeral Sir J. Burgoyue, G.C.B.. followed. Then came thói! officers and men of the three regiments of Foot guards, under his Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge. $Te$t advanced the Infantry of the Line. under Lieutenant- General Sir D. L. Evans and his staff, with Mujor-General Torrens and his staff. It is impossible to describe the mingled sensations of ad- miration and pity which went like an electrtc thrill through the vast multitude as they saw that line of heroes, whose gaunt and pallid forms, scarred features, and maimed and mutilated limbs, told alike the story of their bravery, and pf their manly endurance of horrible and heart-rending suf- fering and privation. Many of those who hobbled upon crutches or walked painfully with the assistance of a stick, wore upon their arms the emblems of mourning for some brother or near relative, now repoling on the hillside at Bataktitva, or in the hospital graveyard of Scutari. To every one of the wounded, whether soldiers or officers, Her Majesty said some kind word, or asked some gracious ques- tion. Many of the poor fellows were almost overcome by their emotion and by the sweetness of Her Majesty's con- descension, and many a moistened eye upon the Royal dais bore witness to the intimate sympathy that exista between the Palace and the Cdmp. A few of the private soldiers appeared to lose their self-possession for a moment on find- ing themselves thus brought into the very presence of the I' divinity that doth hedge a King;" but for the most part the fellows exhibited a simple gratitude aud manly self- respect which did them infinite honour. Three officers, whose wounds rendered them unahle to walk, were wheeled past Her Majesty in Bath chairs Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Thomas Troubridge, of the 7th fwilesri, who lost both his feet in actioo, was the first of these maimed heroes. The Queen, leaning over the chair banded Sir Thomas his medal with the most gracious gesture, and conferred upon the delighted officer the post «o ^,(Jf-df-Camp to He* Majesty. Captain Sayer, of tbe 23rd Fusileers, was also compelled to receive his medal from his wheeled chair; and Her Majesty's sympathy was here also manifested with the liveliest grace. Another gal- lant sufferer, Captain Currie, of the 19th Foot, was scarcely able to walk the length of the dais, even with the aid of a pair of crutches, and his helpless condition and severe suf- ferings deeply excited the sympathy, not only of the Sovereign, but of his comrades in arms. As the men received the medal they passed towards the line of sentries on tbe Admiralty side, where they became the objects of eager but respectful curiosity. Upon many laces the lines of suffering yet remained, and here and there might be seen traces of that resentful rigidness of face and that fierce and sullen despair in their dark eyes which those who saw them lying in their blankets in the hospital at iscutari have depicted with such graphic power. Even in that presence few, perhaps, of the vast multitude of die- tant gazers could stifle the pang which would intrude, that so much pain and suffering, disease and death, bad been caused by official incapacity, and want of management and foresight. ,t}lf soldiers bad passed before the Royal dais, the Royal Navy and Marines, under Vice-Admiral Dundas presented themselves, the gallant Admiral being the first to receive the meaal from the Queen, the band playing Rule Britannia." The soldier had, according to retrula- tion, satisfied the necessities of the service by touching bis hat to the Sovereign but Jack took his off long before he approached tbe dais. The senior officers of the Royal Navy having passed the dais, then came the turn of the midshipmen—smart, gallant little fellows who. in alt the glory of white kid gloves, received such an honour from the hands of their Sovereign as middies never received before. The seamen followed, and when it appeared that any man bad been wounded, the inquiries of the Queen were made with an earnestness and sympathy which ap- peared to be highly relished by the rough, but henest tars. The Marines brought up the rear; and no body of men better deserved to participate in the honours and distinc- tions of such a day. The distribution of medals having been brought to a close, the Royal carriages drove up, the bands again played God Save the Queen," and Her Majesty left the ground amid the cheering of tbe people, returning to Buckingham Palace by the Centre Mall. After tbe parade the non- commissioned officers and soldiers, who bad received me- dals were formed in liue and marched to the Queen's Riding-school, Pimlico, where a substantial repast was prepared for them, and the sailors. Marines, and Marine Artillery. During the dinner Her Majesty, leaning on the arm of Prince Albert, and accompanied by the Prince of Wales and other members of the Royal family, paid them a visit. A party of seamen and Marioes also enjoyed an al freco entertainment at the Admiralty Gardens.

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