chapter  Chapter XIV
Royal Audiences 1
WithH. G. Quaritch Wales
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The Brah GUM refused to return the ambassador’s visits because such was against etiquette until after the Royal Audience; nor was the ambassadors allowed to go about freely in the city, but were placed under a strict watch until after the Royal Audience. The State Audience takes place only on great occasions such as following the Coronation, and on the Coronation Anniversary, and is simply the occasion for offering a congratulatory address to the King, who replies shortly in suitable terms. If the journalists concerned had taken the trouble to discover what the form of audiences was in the past they might have observed that, except for the attire of the King, the occasion bore little resemblance to the State Audiences of old. As a rule the members of the ambassadors’ suite were not allowed to accompany them into the Audience Hall.