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- Edition: September 1st 1855 September 1st 1855
THE QUEENS LUNCHEON.
An amusing scene occurred in the Paris Exhibition on Wednesday while the Queen was in the Rotunda, where the Gobelins tapestries, the Sevres china, and the Crown jewels are exhibited.
Her Majesty had taken so much interest in the Exhibition, and had of herself diverged so often from the course laid down to make excursions to different galleries to examine various products that the Emperor feared she must be tired.
There appeared too, considerable doubt whether or not her Majesty would return through the main building through the Champs Elysees, leaving the Annexe for Friday. The general expectation was that she would return, and people stood for upwards of an hour in the vestibule which separates the Rotunda from the Palais, in the hopes of seeing her well.
Presently it became rumored that her Majesty was certainly going through t he Annexe to-day, but that the Emperor insisted that she should first take some refreshment. An usher ran in great haste to Chevets buffet, and returned immediately with a waiter, bringing a bottle of Madeira, some sponge biscuits, two or three peaches, and some grapes on a tray. This simple refreshment he carried into the Rotunda for the Queen of England.
A few moments later Count BACCIOCCHI was seen to run frantically towards the buffet, stooping down to pass under the cord which separated the crowd from the space kept open for the Royal and Imperial party, and forcing his way through the closely packed spectators. He came back by the same route, followed by a waiter bearing a a little round garden table, and a table cloth. Upon this it was intended the the Queens frugal repast should be served with somewhat more comfort than on a tray. But the proffered luxury arrived too late. Her Majesty had already finished her fairy-like luncheon, and the table and cloth were at once brought back amidst considerable laughter.-Express.