DOM CARLOS GOES SHOPPING
Entirely unattended, says the London "Daily News," the King of Portugal strolled across the Green Park to Piccadilly shortly after nine o'clock on a shopping expedition in the West-end. According to Court etiquette a Royal Sovereign is only supposed to go shopping when away from home, so Dom Carlos took advantage of this custom directly after breakfast, and visited many of the principal houses of business in Piccadilly, Bond-street, and Regent-street. He bought many costly-presents and souvenirs some of which he intends to take hack to Portugal.
One of his first calls was upon Messrs. Philip Morris and Co., the well-known Bond-street tobacconists, where he purchased a number, of presents in the shape of briar and meerschaum pipes and cigars.
Clad in mufti, his Majesty strolled into the shop in quite a casual way, and his identity was not revealed till be ordered the goods to be sent to Buckingham Palace.
King Carlos is spoken of as a particularly pleasing customer, who makes his purchases, in a homely and agreeable manner. Naturally sunny of aspect, he generally enters a shop humming some tune, and smiles the whole time he is being served. "He is an ideal customer", said a prominent tradesman.
His Majesty's numerous visits to West-end shops included a forty minutes' ramble round the premises of Messrs. Asprey and Co; the large goldsmiths and leather workers of Bond-street. The evening previous to his visit he drove up in a hansom, but as he was going to the opera that evening he said he would call again in the morning, "as there are several things I should like to look at."
Accordingly, he walked in, unattended by an equerry, about ten o'clock the next morning, and was received in a showroom, where distinguished visitors can make their purchases unobserved, and which has an exit into Albemarle-street. His Majesty bought a considerable number of silver and leather goods, fancy articles, etc., including a present for Queen Amelia., He took one small parcel away with him, and ordered the others to be sent on. The bill came to two or three hundred pounds, the lowest item being £8. His Majesty also visited Mr. J. C. Vickery, jeweller and silversmith, of Regent-street, and made extensive purchases.
In many cases the King of Portugal passed unrecognised through the different streets, and he seemed to enjoy the informality of his shopping-expedition as keenly as King Edward when doing the round of the shops in Paris.
Source: The W.A. Record - 21st January 1905