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present occasion. On the north and south they had been accustomed to form concernsides of the theatre, are the north and south | ing it. transepts of the Abbey-church, in which About four in the morning the gates of seats covered with scarlet cloth were as- the Abbey were thrown open. A large consigned for the Peers, and plain matted seats course of persons had collected themselves for the spectators who sat behind them. At in the area (formerly the church-yard) beeach of the four pillars which support the tween the north door of the building and main tower of the Abbey, scats were reserv- the Guildhall of Westminster. The front ed for the Heralds and officers of arms; and row of the vaulted gallery was rapidly ocnear to the south pillar stands the pulpit, || cupied (principally by handsome and wellout of which the Coronation sermon is | dressed females) but not the slightest conpreached, beautifully decorated with crim- fusion occurred. Each ticket contained the son velvet and gold. On rising another number of the particular box in which the Aight of steps you come to that platform on holder was destined to sit; and all the which is the altar and the communion-table, || boxes were provided with locks, to guard and on which are placed the chairs and against the entrance of unauthorized visifald-stool nised by the King during the ser- tors.--The space immediately hehind the mon and litany, and also the old chair of gallery formed an extensive and commoSt, Edward the Confessor. The floor of this dious lobby, through which the company platform is strewed with the most superb | lounged at their leisure, awaiting the comPersian tapestry, whilst the walls which mencement of the spectacle. Agents atsurround and rise from it are hung with the tended from some of the most considerahle most beautiful damask. On the north side confectioners in town: tables were set out of this platform is the gallery of the Earl | under proper superintendance; and ices, Marshal and that assigned to the Foreign || fruit, wine, and sandwiches, were to be Ambassadors; on the south side that of his obtained, of good quality, and upon reasonMajesty and the Royal Family. Underneath | able terms. From five o'clock until eight, the gallery assigned to the Foreign Minis- | the numbers in the lower part of the Abbey ters, and opposite to that of the female || gradually increased, and the pages and branches of the Royal Family, is the seat ushers of the rod, parading about in their of the Bishops ; and above the altar is the gay uniforms, gave motion and sprightligallery assigned to Peeresses and their fa- ness to the scene. At half past eight, a milies. Above them, in gradual order, rise | Aourish of trumpets was heard, and the the seats of the choristers and the gentle- || procession with the regalia marched out of men of his Majesty's band, fancifully fringed the Abbey. with scarlet; and as a finale to the view From half-past eight to ten (spite of the from the grand western entrance stands the novelty of the ceremony) something like superb and majestic organ of the Abbey. ennui began to show itself in the demeanor Besides these preparations for the comfort of the expectant fair ones ; soon after ten, and convenience of those whom curiosity or however, loud and continued music in the necessity obliged to attend, boxes for spec- || distance gave a fillip to half slumbering tators were fitted up in the cornice galleries || curiosity, and at eleven (looking down the which run round the whole extent of the Abbey as from the east, behind the organ) Abbey, and which were decorated on the Miss Fellowes, with her six tributary herboutside in the same manner as those which women, heading the grand procession, apwe have already described. Such was the peared at the western gate. The cavalcade outward appearance of the inside of the halted for a few moments at that point, to Abbey previous to the admission of stran- give time for the rear to come up, and lively gers in any considerable numbers ; and music (fifes and drums, and tourishes of if we are to believe the opinions which trumpets alternately) Alled up the interim. we heard expressed by those around us, After a short pause, the procession again it fully gratified every expectation which put itself in motion. The herb-woman with

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her maids and the sergeant porter remained || Knights Commanders of the Bath, the at the entrance within the west door : || Knights Grand Crosses of the said Order, the drums and trumpets filed off to the gal- || and their Officers, the Clerks of the Privs lery over the entrance door. The Abbey Council in ordinary, the Privy Councillors, at this moment began rapidly to fill. The | the Register of the Garter, Vice ChamberPeeresses, (their natural attractions height- | lain, Comptroller and Treasurer of his Maened by every aid which art or fancy could || jesty's Household, and Peers, were consupply, their dresses sparkling with jewels, ducted to their seats by the Officers of and their white feathers waving in the

Arms. wind) thronged into the seats appointed The Prebendaries of Westminster went for them (immediately below the choir;) || to their places near the altar. The Serand ranged in rows, to the number of one geants at Arms went to their places near hundred and fifty-five, without a single the Theatre. The standards were delivered creature of the other sex to disturb the || by the bearers of them to Pages at the enuniformity or break the delicacy of the trance of the choir, to be resumed and borne scene ; with robes of every colour, various in the return. The Princes of the Blood as the rainbow, and plumes of hues almost | Royal were conducted to their seats as Peers. as many, their box might be compared to The Prince Leopold to his seat in the royal a bed of summer flowers, in which the box. The Barons of the Cinque Ports rose,

the tulip, and the violet, the snow- || bearing the canopy, and the Gentlemen drop, and the bright blue-bell, cach dis- | Pensioners, remained at the entrance of the played its pride of beauty, and contended choir. for pre-eminence. The procession continu- The King, ascending the theatre, passed ing its course, the choirs of the Chapel on the south side of the throne to his chair Royal, and of Westminster, proceeded with of state, on the east side thereof, opposite his Majesty's band to the organ gallery, | to the altar; and after his private devotion, and, upon the entrance of the King into || (kneeling down upon the faldstool,) took the aisle, an hundred instruments, and his seat. The heat at this time was so twice an hundred voices, rang out their great, that a lady in one of the galleries notes at once; and the loud anthem, || fainted, and was obliged to be removed from blended with the applauding shouts of the the building; and the weight of the state spectators, echoed to the very roof of the cloak alone (which had seven supporters) Abbey. The box of the Foreign Ministers and might have overpowered a man in the presented, at his Majesty's entrance, a pe- || most vigorous bodily health, was evidently culiarly glittering appearance. It afforded oppressive to his Majesty. His Majesty specimens of the costume of every country being seated, the two Bishops, his supporin amity with great Britain, from the ters, stood on each side, the Noblemen splendid uniform of Prussia or France, to || bearing the four swords on his right hand, the plain chintz gown, and dark beard of a the Deputy Lord Great Chamberlain and gentleman whose name we could not learn, | the Lord High Constable on his left; the but who stated himself to be the nephew of great officers of state, the Deputy Earl the Persian Ambassador, and claimed, in | Marshal, the Dean of Westminster, the Noright of such relationship, to be seated with | blemen bearing the regalia, Trainbearers, the ministers of foreign courts. The caval- with Deputy Garter, the Lord Lyon, the cade continued its course.

Lord Mayor of London, and Black Rod, The Prebendaries and Dean of West- | standing about his chair. minster filed off to the left, about the middle State of the Hall during the absence of the of the nave, and there awaited the King's || Procession. As soon as the Procession coming into church ; when they again fell quitted the Hall, it was followed by the into the procession next before the King of Ambassadors and their suites, the Peeresses, Arms who preceded the great officers. and all those who had tickets of admission

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through the passages by the House of Lords, || right of the Throne ; and the Dukes of and on from thence through the covered Clarence, Sussex, and the Prince Leopold, way which led from the House of Lords to who were placed on the left. The table was Poets'-corner. The Hall, which but a few covered with rich damask cloths, on which moments before presented one of the grand were wrought the royal arms and the deest spectacles, became now, for a short time, vices of the several British Orders, with almost deserted. Those only remained who their mottos. On these was placed a large had not tickets for the Abbey, or whose oval mirror, having four square pieces produties detained them in the Hall. The jecting at different sides. In the oval centre preparations for the banquet now com

were the letters “G. R.” In the square menced, and the cloths were spread along the compartments were painted the red and tables at which the Peers, &c. were to dine. white rose, the shamrock, and the thistle. There were three tables on each side of Besides these, there were four small figures the Hall, each table laid for fifty-six per- and several stands, all in gold, placed on the sons. The seats were so constructed, that | table. At that end of the table which each could accommodate two, a small space fronted the Hall, was suspended a very rich being left between each seat. As soon as

flowered white satin drapery, with gold the cloths were placed, 330 silver plates fringe and gold bullion tassels : between the (the number of those who were expected to festoons were the stars of the several British sit down in the Hall) were laid on, each Orders in gold embroidery. At a little plate having two silver spoons placed near

before two o'clock, the waiters cominenced it. This was the first part of the prepara-laying on the banquet on the tables at both tion. When it was arranged, the officers sides of the Hall. The meats served up who had the care of what is termed the Co- were all cold, and consisted of fowls, ronation Plate, began to display it on two tongues, pies, and a profusion of sweetlarge sideboards placed on the right and left meats, conserves, and fruit of every kind. of the Throne. The plate thus exposed was

Before the tables were finally arranged entirely of pure gold. It consisted of seve- (about two o'clock,) the candles in the seral large dishes and vases richly embossed. veral branches were lighted. There were The centre dish on each side presented a thirteen chandeliers, on each side of the fine bas-relief of the Lord's Supper. Below Hall, with sixty large wax lights in each. that, on the left, was a large gold tankard; These consisted of very rich cut glass, with on the side of which was represented, in a profusion of drops. Besides these, there bas-relief, the story of the Grecian Daugh were twelve table-stands, with eighteen ter. All the other vessels were richly em- candles in each. These, together with canbossed with various devices. Some of these dles placed in the choir, amounted to nearly pieces are of very ancient date, and have 2000 lights, exclusive of two branches of graced the Coronation Banquets of several | Argand suspended at the right and left of of our Monarchs. A few of them were the Throne. Such a vast display of artifimarked A.R. (Anna Regina,) and some C.R.cial light would be calculated to add consiCarolus Rer.) Immediately after the ar- derably to the splendour of such a scene, if ranging of the Coronation Plate, the Royal it took place after sun-set; but in the broad table, at which were to dine the King and glare of an unclouded sun, which beamed the male branches of the Royal Family, was through every window, any number of lights placed opposite the Throne, and in part could not be found a desirable acquisition, under the canopy. This table was nearly on the contrary, they detracted, in our of a triangular shape, the Throne supplying opinion, from its splendour, and certainly the place of what would have been one of from the comfort and convenience of every the angles : at two of the sides were six | person in the Hall. To those gentlemen chairs (three at each) for the reception of whose seats happened to be placed immetheir Royal Highnesses the Dukes of York, diately under the chandeliers, the great inCambridge, and Gloucester, who sat at the crease of temperature--and that was very No. 131,-Vol. XXIV.


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