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hollow to the left of the Prince's Cricket Ground. By half-past eleven the brigade was formed on the Eace Course (at the four-mile heat), and consisted of the Royal Horse Artillery, the detachment of Royal Artillery at Eingmer, the King's Dragoon Guards, the 6th Dragoon Guards, and 4th Dragoons ; the Royal South Gloucester, the Royal Cheshire, Nottingham, and South Hants, which met in review order, on the Downs, near to "the Eace Course, near the town, at half-past eleven, and fired a feu dejoie, in honour of the Prince of Wales's birth-day. The King's Dragoon Guards took the left, fronting the south, the Infantry occupied the ground on the left of the King's Dragoon Guards, and the 6th Dragoon Guards took post on the left of the Infantry ; the Royal Artillery, from Eingmer, took the left, flanking the whole. The troops were in open column, and wheeled into line on the approach of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, which was announced by a salute of 21 guns. The troops marched in slow time, and resumed their ground; they then opened their ranks, a feu de joie was fired, beginning with seven guns, from the Royal Horse Artillery, which was taken up from right to left, when the 6th Dragoon Guards fired; and the Royal Artillery fired seven guns. The Royal Horse Artillery then re-commenced their fire, and so on; after the third fire, the ranks were opened, and a general salute took place. At one o'clock the Royal Party arrived on the ground. Their Royal Highnesses the Dukes of Clarence and Cambridge mounted on dark bay horses, and dressed in crimson jackets, and trousers, and helmet caps, rode first; then Major Bloomfield and Colonel Lee; then His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, mounted on a beautiful bright grey charger, richly caparisoned, the shabadake, or housing trappings were of gold, richly embroidered; the bridle and stirrup leathers were also richly ornamented with gold; the stirrups were of solid gold; the rosettes at the sides of the horse's head
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