HL Deb 07 April 1853 vol 125 cc685-6

My Lords, before proceeding with the ordinary business of the House, I wish to submit a Motion to your Lordships which I feel confident will receive your cordial and unanimous support. In consequence of the happy event which has taken place this day by the birth of a Prince, I am desirous of moving an address of congratulation to Her Majesty, as an expression on the part of this House of that devotion and attachment which Her Majesty is so well entitled to receive. My Lords, persuasion is not necessary to induce your Lordships to agree to this address, and I should only do that which would be unbecoming to your Lordships if I were to use any expressions to endeavour to induce you cordially to assent to this Motion. I shall therefore only move "That a humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, congratulating Her Majesty on the Birth of another Prince, and assuring Her Majesty that every Addition to Her Majesty's domestic Happiness affords the highest Satisfaction to the House of Lords."


My Lords, although it is not necessary, according to the forms of this House, that any Motion made by a Peer should be seconded by another, and although it seems still more unnecessary that any one of your Lordships should express his conviction that the sentiments just uttered by the noble Earl opposite are felt not only unanimously by this House, but by every one of Her Majesty's subjects, yet I should have thought it unbecoming if I did not, in the name of noble Lords sitting on this side of the House, for whom I regret that my noble Friend (the Earl of Derby) who is unavoidably absent, cannot now answer—I should have thought it unbecoming, I say, if I did not in their name express their entire concurrence in the sentiments expressed by the noble Earl opposite, and the pleasure which we all feel at the news we have heard this day of the safe delivery of Her Majesty. Every year adds to the devotion which Her subjects feel for Queen Victoria, and no other expression of mine is necessary now or hereafter to impress upon this House, or any other assembly of Her Majesty's subjects, that there is but one feeling of loyalty and affection throughout this country for the Queen who has reigned so constitutionally, so kindly, and yet with such strength over this great empire.

On Question agreed to, Nemine Dissentiente; and the said Address Ordered to be presented to Her Majesty by the Lords with White Staves.