Court of St. James’s

St James’s Palace, in London, was the site of the British royal court and where Queen Victoria held royal receptions. The term “court” has many meanings. The pertinent ones here are: (i) the residence of the sovereign, (ii) the collective body of persons forming his or her retinue, (iii) a sovereign and his or her councilors as the political rulers of a state, and (iv) a formal assembly held by a sovereign.

Act II