The wedding of the Prince of Wales to Princess Alexandra of Denmark was celebrated across the country and Huddersfield put on a splendid display, much of which was in St George’s Square. While a lengthy description can be found in the Huddersfield Chronicle a Sheffield newspaper describes some of the Huddersfield highlights


HUDDERSFIELD.- The marriage was celebrated with great éclat in Huddersfield. The day was observed as a general holiday, and the bells were rung at intervals. The town was decorated very extensively with triumphal arches and a profusion of flags. In the forenoon a procession, about two miles long, walked through the principal thoroughfares of the town and district, reassembling in the square. Addresses to her Majesty and the Prince and Princess of Wales were intended to be read and signed publicly; but this arrangement was prevented by the falling of rain, which thinned and damped the ardour of the assembly. The whole assembly then united in singing an adaptation of the Queen’s Anthem, in which they were accompanied by eight bands. During the progress of the procession, a balloon ascent took place from St George’s square. In the afternoon 700 gentlemen sat down to a banquet at the New Armoury. After the banquet an elaborate display of fireworks – by public subscription – took place in St George’s square. Thousands congregated to witness the spectacle. There was also a general illumination. At night several balls took place. 600 widows were gratuitously treated with tea, and the Sunday schools, secret orders, &c., had their separate rejoicings.


An earlier newspaper article describes the preparation for the illumination of the buildings in St George’s Square


The most general activity now prevails in the work of decoration and illumination, and the town bids fair to wear a becoming air of rejoicing and brilliancy on the occasion of the happy event to be consummated during the ensuing week. The elegant piles of buildings which constitute the pride of the town, situate in St George’s-Square, John William-street, and the locality, have during the past week been the scene of busy operations on the part of plumbers, gas fitters, &c. The handsome portico front of the Railway Station, will be outlined by gas which promises to be very effective. A serpentine wreath of jets will encircle the large Corinthian pillars at either end, and brilliant devices will be exhibited in the centre. The entrances to the booking offices will also be brilliant with gas jets and devices. Britannia Buildings, the George Hotel, the Lion Arcade, and most of the warehouses in the Square, will also be illuminated in a style worthy of their noble proportions…

huddersfield Chronicle, 7 March 1863