Queen Victoria's stables
--A recent letter, describing Windsor Castle
Before going into the interior of the Castle
, we were shown the Queen
's stables-- "Mews," as they call them there.
These, as may be imagined, are on a scale corresponding with the extravagance of royalty.
She keeps three hundred horses, part of which are now in London
, as she is sojourning for the present at Buckingham Palace.
All of these here were greys except the fancy ponies.
One of the latter is a beautiful milk-white animal, as clean and nice as soap, water, and currying can make him. He is a pet of the Queen
's, and she has a small carriage in which she drives him herself around the gardens.
There were also four of the tiniest bay ponies, which the Princess Alice herself drives, four-in-hand, in a small carriage.
These, with six others, were a present from the King
The name of each is inscribed on a plate of marble in his stall, on one of which "Victor," and on another "Emanuel," in honor of the illustrious donor.