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Scots Greys, so as to make a convenient of crimson and gold, with the Royal Arms passage for the carriage, and his Majesty | in embroidery. The large square table bedid not set out until after an officer had || fore the Throne, intended for the display arrived at the Palace gate to announce that of the Regalia, was of purple, having a rim all was ready. His Majesty was guarded of gold, and an interior square moulding of through the night by the Lord Great Cham- | the same description, about two feet from berlain and the Usher of the Black Rod. the edge. The platform on which the There were no preparations of importance. Throne was placed, and the three steps imHis Majesty's sofa bed was brought from mediately descending from it, were covered Carlton House. On Thursday morning, at with brown carpeting; the two other deseven o'clock, the Lord Great Chainberlain scending flights of steps, and the double carried to his Majesty his shirt and apparel, chairs placed by the side of the tables for and with the Lord Chamberlain of the the Peers, and the coverings of the railings Household dressed his Majesty. His Ma- | in front of the seats, were of Morone cloth. jesty then breakfasted, and afterwards pro. From the bottom of the steps, descending ceeded to his chamber, near the South from the Throne to the north gate, the middle entrance into Westminster Hall.

of the floor of the Hall was covered with blue We entered the Hall at twenty minutes cloth, in the same manner as the platform past five o'clock, and a crowd of ladies, ad- without. The rest of the floor and the seats mitted by Peers' orders, and Peeresses, were were matted. The side tables were covered then struggling for admittance.

with green cloth; and, as on each side the The first thing we observed on having galleries reached nearly to the top of the entered the Hall, was the canopy which was windows in the wall, only the upper arches to be borne over the King by the Barons of of those windows, and the noble roof of the the Cinque Ports. The Canopy was yel- old fabric appeared, except at each end,low-of silk and gold embroidery, with the upper one especially, where the grave short curtains of muslin spangled with gold. figures of the Saxon Kings made their Eight bearers having fixed the poles by appearance. The light, which was only which the canopy was supported, which admitted from the roof windows, and from were of steel, with silver knobs, bore it up | those in each end, though sober, was, on the and down the Hall, to practise the mode of whole, fine. At the lower end, the attendcarrying it in procession. It was then de- ants of the Earl Marshal attracted some posited at the upper end of the side table of notice by their dark dresses, with white the Hall, to the left of the Throne. The sashes, stockings, shoes with large rosettes, canopy was very elegant in form, and was and Queen Elizabeth ruffs, with gilt staves well calculated to add to the effect of the upped with black. Ata quarter after seven Procession. But even at this early hour, o'еlock, an attendant, habited in the dress the appearance of the Hall, studded with of Henri Quatre, laid on the table, near the groups of Gentlemen Pensioners, and various canopy, eight maces, to be afterwards borne other attendants, in their fantastic and an- in the Procession. tique costumes, with the Officers of the

Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Guards, and others, in military uniform, Gloucester was the first of the Royal Family and above all, the elegantly dressed women who arrived in the Hall, taking her seat in who began to fill the galleries, was alloge- the Royal box at a quarter before six. Her ther superb. At this time there were several Royal Highness was splendidly attired in a hundreds of spectators in the Hall.

rich dress of silver lama over French lilac; The sides of the upper end of the Hall, her head dress consisted of a white satin hat, including the boxes for the Foreign Minis- with an elegant plume of white feathers, ters and Royal Family, were hung with turned up with a button and loop in front, scarlet cloth, edged with gold.

and appeared to be in excellent health and The Throne was splendid with gold and spirits. crimson; the canopy over the Throne was Soon afterwards the Duchess of Clarence

entered the Hall, and took her seat next to led into the hall Miss Fellowes, who afterHer Royal Highness of Gloucester. Aboutwards preceded the procession on the royal half-past seven, their Royal Highnesses the platform, as his Majesty's herb-woman; Duchess of Kent, the Princess Sophia of || she was attended by Miss Bond, Miss G. Gloucester, and the Princess Feodore, took | Collier, Miss Caldwell, Miss Hill, Miss their seats in the Royal box. Their Royal | Daniel, and Miss Walker, in the character Highnesses were attired in the most splendid of assistant maids. Miss Fellowes was atdresses of wbite satin, richly embroidered tired in a magnificent dress of white satin, in silver, with rich bandeau head-dresses, with a mantle of the finest scarlet cloth and large plumes of white feathers. trimmed with gold, and lined with white

About the same time, the Prince and satin, and she bore a splendid gold badge Princess Esterhazy, and a number of fo- and chain. The head dress was of gold reigners of distinction, entered their box at wheat intermixed with grapes and laurel the opposite side. The Foreign Ambassa- leaves. This was appropriate and elegant dors, and their respective suites, were chiefly in the highest degree. habited in military costume of the most The attendant maids wore wbite crape splendid appearance, and profusely decorated dresses over rich white satin, with an apwith orders of honour.

propriate sash of flowers, suspended from The extreme richness and the great va- the shoulder to the bottom of the skirt, and riety of the foreign uniforms, made the box flowers tastefully arranged ia the trimming, allotted to the foreign embassies, by much with Gabriel ruffs; the head dresses of these the most brilliant in the Hall.

ladies consisted of chaplets of Powers to At about a quarter before seven o'clock, correspond with the general design of their the yeomen of the Guard entered in due dress. Miss Fellowes carried a most beauform, and at that time the arrival of Peers | tiful basket, filled with the choicest and and Peeresses at Palace-yard became so most rare Howers, and the attendant young rapid, that the gates were constantly thrown ladies bore, in pairs, three baskets of eleopen.

gant construction, fornied for two perAt half past 7 o'clock a nuinber of gen- sons, and filled with a similar profusion of tlemen, dressed in mulberry-brown frock || Flora's bounty. The flower baskets were coats with lace ruffs and white sashes, en-brought into the IIall, and placed opposite tered; they were the attendants upon the to the ladies, who were accommodated with acting Earl Marshal, and bore gold wandschairs at the extremity of the hall. with the emblazoned arms of the Duke of At a quarter past eight o'clock the doors Norfolk, the hereditary Earl Marshal. The of the hall were closell: many Peers had Gentlemen Pensioners entered at the same been occasionally in the hall at an early time, and the Heralds laid their maces of hour in the morning, and before eight office, and the swords of state, at the upper o'clock they had all arrived at the buildings end of the Peers' dining table, on the west- near the House of Lords, and took their ern side of the Hall. The different at- coroneis and robes. The Archbishops and tendants were then called to their respective Bishops assembled alsout the same tiine, places, * e military officers, heralds, and and vested themselves in their rochets, in other official persons who had through the the House of Lords, and chambers adjamorning mored backwards and forwards in cent. The Judges and others of the long detached bodies, began to separate and as-robe, together with the Gentlemen of the sume a more regular order: every move- Privy chamber, Esquires of the body, Chapment now denoted the near approach of lains having dignilics, and six clerks in the solemn ceremonies of the day, and be- Chancery, cach in their respective habits, fore 3 o'clock, most of the persons appointed were assembled at the places of which noto walk in the procession were assembled tice liad been given, where the officers of in their respective places.

arms now arranged them according to their Soon after cight o'clock, Mr. Fellowes respective classes, four in each rank, placing, No, 151,- Vol. XXIV.


the youngest on the left, and conducted || and the Marquisses and some of the Earls them into the Hall.

on the left side, formed a line with those The King's Serjeants were habited in who had descended to the floor of the hall. scarlet gowns. The Masters in Chancery Under this arrangement, the throne and were in the dress in which they attend the platform appeared emblazoned with a richHouse of Lords.

ness and variety of tints scarcely to be The Canopy was now removed from the imagined ; the exhibition of ermine, set off side table where it had been placed, and by the splendour of the velvet robes, was was brought into the middle of the Hall. here of the most magnificent description. The Barons of the Cinque Ports were then The hall was now crowded. marshalled two to each point of support, A Herald and officers then passed through they now bore the Canopy down the llall the line of Peers, marshalling each accordby way of practice. The dresses of the ing to the order of their creation-the juBarons were extremely splendid : large nior Peers first. They were now a second cloaks of garter blue satin, with slashed time called over, and ranged in a double arms of scarlet, and stockings of dead red. file on each side of the middle space of the The Barons now took another march in Hall, by Mr. Mash. the hall. About this time also, the four The Rt. Hon. the Lord Mayor of Lonswords were brought in, and deposited on | don, with the members of the Corporations the end of the left-hand table, with the of the cities of London Oxford and Dublin, spurs, and the cushion for the crown. were now assigned their places.

The Knights of the Bath now began to His Lordship was dressed in a superb assemble, and with the others who were to court dress of purple and white satin, with take part in the procession, ranged them- a brilliantly embroidered robe of scarlet to selves at the end of the hall. The dresses correspond, and wore a velvet cap surof the Knights were of most beautiful ap- mounted by a plume of black ostrich feapearance. The Knights wore close dresses thers, turned up with a loop of brilliants. of white satin, puckered in a great variety His Lordship was attended by the Swordof ways. The Knights Grand Crosses wore bearer with the city sword, the Sheriffs flowing robes of red satin of a pinkish hue, Waithman and Williams, with eighteen lined with white; and the Knights Com- Aldermen, attired in full embroidered court manders close mantles.

dresses. The Judges, and those Members of the The ceremonies occupied from nine o'clock Privy council who are not Peers, next en- until twenty minutes before ten; and while tered, the latter in splendid dresses of blue the Peers were arranging in the centre of velvet and gold.

the Hall, the Dean and Prebendaries of The Barons next entered, Lords Stowell Westminster entered the great gate from and Maryborough being among the first. Palace-yard, and formed, in a compact Next came the Bishops; then the Viscounts; body, immediately within the Hall. The next the Earls; the Marquisses and the whole arrangements for the procession were Dukes; and lastly, the Great Officers of then completed. The Lord Mayor, Sheriffs, State, the Archbishops, and the members and Corporation of London, with the civic of the Royal Family entered. The Mar-regalia, and Corporation of Oxford, were quis of Londonderry soon after appeared, assigned their respective places, and a pause most splendidly and elegantly habited in of about twenty minutes then took place. the full robes of the Order of the Garter, as The principal Officers of the Household his Lordship is painted by Sir Thomas Law- had withdrawn to wait upon the King, and rence. His Royal Highness the Prince all eyes were now directed towards the Leopold was also in the same costume. Throne, which being immediately in front The Princes of the blood-royal, and some of the door through which his Majesty was of the Dukes, now placed themselves on to pass from the chamber where he breakthe right of the platform about the throne, fasted, must be necessarily occupied almost

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at the instant be made his appearance. The Deputy Lord Great Chamberlain,
Exactly at ten o'clock, the D. of Wellington | the Lord High Constable, and the Deputy
entered the platform from behind the Throne, || Earl Marshal, now ascended the steps, and
and announced the approach of his Majesty. I placed themselves at the outer side of the
Lord Gwydir entered immediately after, and table.
the King then appeared; his train supported The Lord High Steward, the Great Offi-
by eight Noblemen. The train was of enor- | cers, Deputy Garter, and Black Rod, ar-
mous length and breadth. It was composed | ranged themselves near the chair of state ;
of crimson velvet, adorned with large golden the Royal Train-bearers on each side of the
stars, and a broad golden border. The whole Throne.
company in the Hall rose as his Majesty The Lord Chamberlain, assisted by offi-
stepped into the Throne, and the full band cers of the Jewel-office, then brought the
in the Gothic orchestra struck up God Save Sword of State to the Lord High Constable,
the King. His Majesty was habited in full who delivered it to the Deputy Lord Great
Tobes of great size and richness, and wore Chamberlain, by whom it was laid upon the
a black hat or cap of Spanish shape, with a table; then Curtana, or the Sword of Mercy,
spreading plume of white ostrich feathers, with the two Swords of Justice, having been
which encircled the rim, and was sur- in like manner presented, were drawn from
mounted by a fine heron's plume. The King their scabbards by the Deputy Lord Great
wore his hair in thick falling curls over his Chamberlain, and laid on the table before
forehead, and it fell behind the head in a his Majesty; after which the Gold Spurs
similar form. He took his seat with an air were delivered, and also placed on the table.
of great majesty, and appeared for the mo- Immediately after, a procession, consisting of
ment oppressed by the imposing solemnity | the Dean and Prebendaries of Westminster,
of the scene, which for the first time met in their surplices and rich copes, proceeded
his eye. His Majesty, with great affability up the Hall, from the lower end thereof, in
and grace, then bowed to the Peers who the following order :-
stood on each side.

Serjeant of the Vestry, in a scarlet mantle.
Children of the King's Chapel, in scarlet mantles, four abreast.
Children of the Choir of Westminster, in surplices, four abreast.
Gentlemen of the King's Chapel, in scarlet mantles, four abreast. :
Choir of Westminster, in surplices, four abreast,

Sub-Dean of the Chapel Royal.
Two Pursuivants at Arms.

Two Heralds.

The two Provincial Kings of Arms.
The Dean of Westminster, carrying St. Edward's Crown on a cushion of cloth of gold.

First Prebendary of Westminster, carrying the Orb.
Second Prebendary, carrying the Sceptre with the Dove.
Third Prebendary, carrying the Sceptre with the Cross.

Fourth Prebendary, carrying St. Edward's Staff.
Fifth Prebendary, carrying the Chalice and Patina.

Sixth Prebendary, carrying the Bible. In the course of the procession they front of the steps, made their third reverence. made their reverences, first at the lower end -This being done, the Dean and Prebenof the Hall, secondly about the middle, | daries being arrived at the foot of the steps, where both the Choirs opening to the right || Deputy Garter preceded them (having waitand left, formed a passage, through whiched their approach,) ascended the steps, and the Officers of Arms passing, opened like when near the table before the King, made wise on each side, the Seniors placing them- | their last reverence. The Dean then preselves nearest towards the steps: then the sented the Crown to the Lord High ConstaDean and Prebendaries having come to the ble, who delivered it to the Deputy Lord

Great Chamberlain, and hy him it was placed || Ruthyn; 3. the Sceptre with the Cross, by on the table before the King. The rest of the Marquis Wellesley; 4. the Pointed the regalia was severally delivered by each Sword of Temporal Justice, by the Earl of Prebendary, on his knee, to the Dean; by Galloway; 5. the Pointed Sword of Spirihim to the Lord High Constable, by him to tual Justice, by the Duke of Northumberthe Deputy Lord Great Chamberlain, and land; 6. Curtana, or Sword of Mercy, by by him laid on the table. The regalia being | the Duke of Newcastle ; 7. the Sword of thus delivered, the Prebendaries and Dean State, by the Duke of Dorset; 8. the Scepreturned to the middle of the Hall. Histre with the Dove, by the Duke of Rutland; Majesty having commanded Deputy Garter | 9. the Orb, by the Duke of Devonshire; to summon the Noblemen and Bishops who 10. St. Edward's Crown, by the Marquis of bore the regalia, the Deputy Lord Great | Anglesea, as Lord High Steward; 11, the Chamberlain, then taking up the several | Patina, by the Bishop of Gloucester; 12. the Swords, Sceptres, the Orb, and Crown, Chalice, by the Bishop of Chester ; 13. the placed them in the hands of those by whom Bible, by the Bishop of Ely. The two Bithey were to be carried.

shops who supported his Majesty were then 1. St. Edward's Staff, by the Marquis of summoned by the Deputy Garter, and, Salisbury; 2. the Spurs, by the Lord Cal- ascending the steps, placed themselves on thorpe, as Deputy to the Baroness Grey de each side of the King.

THE PROCESSION TO THE ABBEY. When these ceremonies (which lasted “ O Lord, grant the King a Long life," being about three quarters of an hour) were per- sung in parts, in succession with bis Maformed, the Procession set out at eleven | jesty's band playing, the sounding of trumo'clock from Westminster Hall to the Abbey | pets, and the beating of drums, until the in the following order the Anthem, || arrival in the Abbey.

THE ORDER OF THE PROCESSION. The King's Herb-woman, with her Six Maids, strewing the way with choice flowers. Messenger of the College of Arms, in a Scarlet Cloak, with the Arms of the College

embroidered on the left shoulder. The Dean's Beadle of Westminster, with his Staff, in a Scarlet Cloak. Two Household Fifes with the Banners of Velvet fringed with Gold, and Five Household Drummers in Royal Livery, with Drum-covers of Crimson Velvet,

laced and fringed with Gold. The Drum-Major, in a rich Livery, and a Crimson Scarf fringed with Gold. Eight Trumpeters in rich Liveries : with Banners of Crimson Damask, embroidered

and fringed with Gold, to the Silver Trumpets.
Kettle-Drums, with Drum-covers of Crimson Damask, embroidered and fringed

with Gold.
Bight Trumpeters in Liveries, as before.

Serjeant Trumpeter with his Mace.
The Knight Marshal, attended by his Officers.

The Six Clerks in Chancery:
The King's Chaplains having Dignities.

The Sheriffs of London.
The Aldermen and Recorder of London.

Masters in Chancery.
The King's Sergeants at Law.

The King's Ancient Serjeant.
The King's Solicitor-General. The King's Attorney-General.

Gentlemen of the Privy Chamber.
Serjeant of the Vestry of the Chapel Royal.

Children of the Choir of Westminster, in surplices.
Children of the Chapel Royal, in surplices, with scarlet mantles over them.

Choir of Westminster, in surplices.
Gentlemen of the Chapel Royal, in scarlet mantles.

Sub-Dean of the Chapel Royal, in a scarlet gown.
Prebendaries of Westminster, in surplices and with copes.

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