The New Zealand Spectator and Cook’s Strait Guardian, Saturday, April 5, 1862
[Anecdote of the royal courtship from the Morning Chronicle, reprinted in The New Zealand Spectator and Cook’s Strait Guardian, Saturday, April 5, 1862]
Many stories are told of the royal courtship, one of which is peculiarly graceful. It is stated that the deceased Prince played the part of a royal lover with all the grace peculiar to his house. He never willingly absented himself from the Queen’s society and presence, and her every wish was anticipated with the alacrity of an unfeigned attachment. At length Her Majesty, having wholly made up her mind as to the issue of this visit, found herself in some measure embarrassed as to the fit and proper means of indicating her preference to the Prince. This was a perplexing task, but the Queen acquitted herself of it with equal delicacy and tact. At one of the palace balls she took occasion to present her bouquet to the Prince at the conclusion of a dance, and the hint was not lost upon the polite and gallant German. His close uniform, buttoned up to the throat, did not admit of his placing the Persian-like gift where it would be most honoured, so he immediately drew his penknife, and cut a slit in his coat in the neighbourhood of his heart, where he gracefully deposited the happy omen.