The whole country rose up to do them honour, for it was the first time a Danish King and Queen had achieved a golden wedding, and Denmark - north, south, east, and west - was en fete from May 24 till May 29. Envoys came from far and near, bringing presents of gold and silver or kindly words of greeting from monarchs and princes of other countries. The city of Copenhagen was profusely decorated with flowers and bunting.
Free dinners were given to the poor in capital and provinces, and new charities were started, the most prominent of which was the "Golden Wedding Fund."
At nine o'clock in the morning one thousand choristers assembled in front of the palace to serenade the King and Queen, and in response to them his Majesty appeared on the balcony holding his great-grandchild in his arms, the two-year old son of the Duke of Sparta, and then from a thousand throats came a ringing Danish cheer.
How that anniversary must have endeared that venerable monarch to his people, binding still closer the bonds which already united them !
A Statesman's Golden Wedding
Another very notable golden wedding was that of Mr. and Mrs. Gladstone, which took place on July 25, 1889.
In spite of the great demands made upon him by his Parliamentary duties, Mr. Gladstone was always a great home-lover, and it was a keen disappointment both to him and to Mrs. Gladstone when the exigencies of his public life prevented him from celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of their wedding day at Hawarden; perhaps its very publicity is one of the greatest drawbacks to a public life. It was a whole week before they were able to leave the bustle and turmoil of London for the quiet of the country, where the tenants of Hawarden presented them with a loving address.
A very delightful memento was that of the National Liberal Club, which devised an album, in size about 22 inches by 16 inches. Its cover was of golden brown crushed Morocco leather, tooled in gold, on the top was the date of the marriage, at the bottom that of fifty years later, and between the covers lay a beautiful collection of water-colours by some of the first artists of the day, including Mr. Marcus Stone, R.a., and Mr. J. Macwhirter, R.a. Truly a unique and beautiful gift.
How It was Observed
On that anniversary morning the great statesman rose early, and his first public act was to repair to church to give thanks for fifty years spent in happiness with the wife he had chosen in his youth, and to whose zealous care and devoted love he owed so much.
All the members of the family had gathered together for the occasion, but breakfast was the only meal of which they were allowed to partake in private; and, indeed, it was hardly over before the public acknowledgments of the anniversary commenced, and beautiful and costly presents began pouring in.
There is yet another anniversary celebration which must be mentioned, nearer and dearer than either of the foregoing to all loyal hearts, and that is the silver wedding of our beloved King Edward of revered memory and his dearly loved consort Queen Alexandra.
It took place on March 10, 1888, when the then Prince and Princess of Wales were both young enough to enjoy thoroughly the festivities, and though all public observance was obliged to be foregone on account of the death of the German Emperor on the previous day, in the immediate family circle no mourning was permitted, the Princess and her ladies all appearing in light and pretty dresses.
The anniversary itself was another occasion for the giving and receiving of presents, and some of those offered for the acceptance of the Princess were of surpassing loveliness; but amongst the many there was one, perhaps amongst the least costly, but designed by the loving care of the giver, which so far outweighs the value of a gift, a [little carriage clock in a silver case, simply inscribed : "In memory of March 10th, 1863 to 1888. - From A. E."
The golden wedding-day was never reached, and the hand of the giver will give no more, while the saddest of all anniversaries will ever be held in sacred memory by the loving consort of the most beloved of kings.
There is yet one more anniversary to be recalled, and it differs from the others in everything but the sentiment. There appeared in some of the morning newspapers the portraits of an old man and his wife who were celebrating their diamond wedding in the workhouse. They had out-lived all their relatives, and of their sons and daughters none were left, but the old couple were quite happy, because their wants were few, and, such as they were, they were provided for. It was a great occasion for them, and they were justly proud of themselves. The workhouse was holding revelry because of them, and during the day a wonderful joy was theirs, when they received a letter containing a gracious message from their sovereign, King George V.
It was the kindly act of a kingly heart, the real diamond of a diamond wedding which might otherwise have seemed like paste.
By "Madge" (Mrs. Humphry)
Quarrels that Clear the Air - Nagging and Wrangling Couples - Some Great Men and Their "Wives - The Drawbacks of Undue Submissiveness - Bad Temper Infectious
There is a sort of lover who shows his affection for the girl of his choice by quarrelling with her all through the days preceding marriage, afterwards settling down like a lamb in the companionship of his wife.
There is another sort of lover who is sweet as honey, mild as milk, until he becomes a husband, after which he develops a stern, tyrannical, disagreeable, and, perhaps, sulky temper. Quarrels begin early in such a union as this, and sometimes last throughout the whole of the married life. Not necessarily, however, because some natures are like the climate of the West Indies, which needs constant storms in order to clear the air. There are couples of this kind who are delightfully happy and devoted to each other in the intervals between these electrical disturbances. One couple of the kind invariably give each other a present when a reconciliation is effected. This seems almost like putting a premium upon quarrels. It is certainly injudicious, unless it be that the storms are really enjoyed while they last.