Feb. 27 (Tuesday) being the day of the Thanksgiving Service for the recovery of the Prince of Wales there was a whole holiday; so also was March 1. when Sir W. Wyne as usual came down. On the 7th of March too there was a half holiday West having obtained a first in Classics at Oxford.
A. P. Hill.
In consequence of the illness of the Prince of Wales the ‘First Play’ was postponed till the last Tuesday of the term, consequently there were only two instead of three nights. The ‘Andria’ was acted.
March 21st H: R: H: Princess Louise was married to the Marquis of Lorne: of course a holiday was expected, for it is not every day that a Princess is wedded, and still more rarely is royal blood united with a subject: however no holiday or part of a holiday was forthcoming though Eton celebrated their old schoolfellows marriage in their sensible manner, and people thought Scott, as being an old Etonian, would act in the same way. The matter however was compromised by an early play being given on Saturday April 1st, so that fellows could see the Oxford and Cambridge boatraces though the pretext for this early play was H: R: H: Princess Louise’s marriage it was undoubtedly given for the boat race, so we hope that next year another holiday may be obtained for the same event: and a holiday for the “boatrace” become a thoroughly recognised custom. JLW
We got an Extra Week for the birth of the 2nd Royal Prince, son of the Prince of Wales.
S F Lucas Prin. Opp.
In Honour of the Marriage of the Prince of Wales to the Princess Alexandra of Denmark, an extra week was added to the Whitsuntide Holidays.
In honour of the Princess Alexandra of Denmark’s arrival in London Scott has given us an early play on Saturday to see the procession. Leave out has also been given from Tuesday at 12.30 till 10am on Wednesday morning, to see the illuminations. Leave will be given to those who are unlucky enough not to get an invitation, till 11pm.
E. R. Dowdeswell
Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, came of age on Sunday the 9th of Nov., but owing to it being on a Sunday it was kept all over the Kingdom (except Westminster) on Monday. That is we did not keep it properly. It being Monday we of course expected leave till 10. This we did not get, so I went with Phillimore (captain) to Scott after breakfast to demand an early play: he would not hear of it, but said he would look at the “Papers” & see if it was to be kept here. We were not content, & went to him a second time, armed with the “Times” which gave notice that all the abbey and two government offices were to suspend business for the day in honour of the Prince’s birthday. He was of course obliged to yield but only gave a half holiday & that with very bad grace. It was very shabby of him, for it is not every year that a Prince of Wales comes of age. In fact it is more than 80 since George 4th arrived at the age of manhood. However, we will hope that when the next Prince of Wales comes of age, the majority may be kept with more loyalty at Westminster & that the School (being a Regia Schola) may be permitted to rejoice, in a sensible way, at any blessing which befalls the Royal Family.
This year we had an early play on the Queen’s Accession, Sat. June 20th. It is not I believe a regular thing; it was not asked for, but Scott volunteered it thinking it a matter of course.
A.F. Pope Pr. Opp.
H.R.H. Prince Albert came down to the Abbey on the 6th of May. The masters and boys received him as he came out, forming a line from Jerusalem Chamber to his carriage at the archway.
H.R.H. Prince Albert asked for an extra week to be added to the Xmas holidays, which was granted.
John A Whitaker