London at the End of the Century:A Book of Gossip
a Beckett, Arthur William
LONDONERS HOLDING HOLIDAY.
THERE can be no more impressive sight for a foreigner than when some State ceremonial collects together a crowd of Londoners to welcome Royalty. The two Jubilees, and , were memorable for their grandeur and enthusiasm, but, perhaps, town is seen at its best at a popular prince's wedding. The English people are fond of marriages, and as each of the 's children has taken to himself or herself a wife or a husband there has been a season of rejoicing. In spite of a perfunctory discordant note from the harmony has been complete. That discord has always been lost in the full volume of song that has risen from the popular chorus. But the agitation invariably comes to nothing. The agitators end by fighting for seats, and describing themselves as utterly disgusted if they are left out in the cold and see nothing of the various processions.