HL Deb 07 May 1838 vol 42 c944
The Marquess of Londonderry

had a question to put to the noble Viscount connected with the Coronation. He did this the more readily, because he was convinced that he would receive a much more satisfactory answer than he had lately received on this subject, and one which would be more agreeable to that House and the public at large. It appeared from the public journals that her Majesty's name had been brought into discussion in a most indecorous manner with respect to the appointment of the individual who was to represent the French government upon the occasion of her Majesty's coronation; and it further appeared that the appointment of the individual, to whom it was originally intimated that the appointment would be given, had at the request of her Majesty, been cancelled, and an illustrious marshal appointed in his place. He could conceive nothing more improper than mixing up the name of our most Gracious Sovereign with the intrigues of the French court, and he hoped the noble Viscount would favour the House with a distinct declaration that her Majesty's Government had no share whatever in recommending the appointment.

Viscount Melbourne

said, that he certainly could give the answer which the noble Marquess seemed to anticipate and expect, namely, that her Majesty's Government had taken no share whatsoever in the appointment.

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