Minister O’Brien to the Secretary of State.
Copenhagen, November 21, 1905.
Sir: I wired you yesterday as follows: [Printed ante.]
I ventured to cable this advice in order that the President, if he saw fit, might send congratulations, and in order that you might arrange to have our government represented at the inaugural ceremonies, which will take place on the arrival of the King and are intended to be rather elaborate.
The Norwegian representatives have been very anxious that the United States should be represented, and I am informed that our minister at Stockholm, Colonel Graves, has already been designated for that purpose.
The ceremony took place at the Amalienborg Castle and was considered as an event of very uncommon importance.
There were present in the throne room the ministers of state of Denmark and prominent officers of the army and navy, the diplomatic corps with their wives, the wives of the ministers of state, and the ladies in waiting upon the several royal ladies who were present.
The King, it is said, consented with a good deal of hesitation and reluctance to the election of his grandson, Prince Charles, and this knowledge, together with his great age and necessary infirmity, made the scene a rather solemn and affecting one.
I beg to inclose a translation of the speech made by King Christian IX to the deputation from Norway.
I have, etc.,