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considerable)—was not the only inconve- || tired in his robes, added very considerably nience; for occasionally large pieces of to the splendour of the scene by his gracemelted wax fell, without distinction of per- || ful and elegant appearance. His Lordship's sons, upon all within reach. The very hat was encircled with a band of diamonds, great heat was no where more visible thar which had a most brilliant effect. On his in the havoc which it made upon the curls Majesty's entrance he was received with of many of the ladies, several of whose loud and continued cheers, the gentlemen heads had lost all traces of the friseur's skill waving their hats, and the ladies their handlong before the ceremony of the day was kerchiefs: his Majesty seemed to feel senconcluded. Before the return of the Pro- sibly the enthusiasm with which he was cession from the Abbey, those ladies and gen- greeted, and returned the salutations with tlemen who could not gain admission from repeated bows to the assemblage on both the Hall thither, amused themselves, either sides as he passed up to the platform. His by promenading the Hall, or the space out- Majesty was evidently fatigued, but we side, which was left between the platform never saw him appear in better spirits. It and the covered way from the House of would be impossible to convey to our reaLords to Puets'-corner. In this place many ders, who have not witnessed the procession, of them were gratified with a sight of the an adequate idea of the splendour of the balloon which ascended from the Green Hall at the moment when the procession Park, and which, viewed even at that dis-had completely passed through the tritance, presented a very splendid spectacle. umphal arch. The rich and gorgeous ap
Return of the Procession to the Hall.–At || parel of the Peers and Knights, relieved by about twenty minutes to four, the gates of the more light, though not less elegant, the Hall were thrown open to admit the dresses of the ladies, gave a magnificence Procession on its return,
to the scene, which we believe has never Viewed from the upper end of the Hall, | been equalled at the coronation of any sovethrough the arched way, the appearance of reign of this country, and we think we the white plumes of the Knights of the Bath might add of any country in Europe. His was most magnificent. On their entrance || Majesty did not ascend the throne on his to the Hall, the Knights took off their hats, || return, but proceeded immediately to his but the Peers continued to wear their coro- || chamber. The Peers took their seats at nets. The Procession then entered in the the tables appointed for them, and began reverse order in which it left the Abbey. to partake of the banquet. During the in
On entering the Hall, the Barons of the terval between this and the return of his Cinque Ports bearing the canopy proceeded | Majesty, the greater part of the ladies and with it as far as the steps of the platforın, gentlemen who had previously occupied the from whence the King ascended to the galleries, retired for refreshments, or dethrone, and from thence retired to his scended into the Hall, which they promechamber. The Barons of the Cinque Ports naded for a considerable time. then carried away the canopy as their fee. The Banquet.--Precisely at twenty minutes
It is mentioned above, that the several past five the Lord Great Chamberlain issued orders of Knighthood returned wearing their his orders that the centre of the Hall should hats. This was the case until they got to be cleared. This direction occasioned much the entrance of Westminster Hall : There confusion, not only because many strangers all the Knights of the Bath took off their had been allowed to enter the lower doors hats, as did some of the Bishops and several for the purpose of surveying the general other individuals who took part in the pro- || arrangements, but because those who had cession. There were only two Knights of | tickets for the galleries had descended in the Garter who appeared in the full dress considerable numbers to the foor. Lord of the order : These were, his Royal High- || Gwyder was under the necessity of perness Prince Leopold, and the Marquis of sonally exerting his authority with conLondonderry. The Noble Marquis, as at- siderable vehemence, in order to compel the attendants of the Earl Marshal to quit shal on the right, and the Marquis of situations intended for persons more imme- Anglesea in the centre. The two former diately connected with the ceremony. A
were mounted on beautiful white horses, long interval now occurred during which | gorgeously trapped, and the latter on his the various officers, and especially the favourite dun-coloured Arabian, the capaHeralds, made the necessary arrangements | risons of which were equally rich. for the nobility expected to return with
While the 24 covers were placed upon his Majesty. During this pause, silence the royal table, these noblemen remained was generally preserved in expectation on horseback at the lowest step leading to of the return of his Majesty from his | the throne, and as the Gentlemen Penchamber.
sioners delivered their dishes they retired The entrance of the King was announced backwards between the three horses, and by one of the principal Heralds, who was so left the Hall. They were followed by followed into the Hall by the Lord Great | the Duke of Wellington, the Marquis of Chamberlain and the Dukes of York, Cla- || Anglesea, and Lord Howard of Effingham, rence, Cambridge, Sussex, and Glocester. who backed their steeds with great skill Prince Leopold had for some time pre- || down the centre of the hall. The animals viously been engaged in conversation with were most tractable and gentle, nor did they some of the Foreign Ambassadors.
exhibit the least sign of fear or impatience ; His Majesty returned in the robes with but when an attempt was made to applaud which he had been invested in the Ab- || the proceeding, the horse of the Earl Marbey, wearing also the same crown. In | shal then became somewhat alarmed, as in his right hand he carried the sceptre, and the course of his rehearsals, he had not in his left the orb, which, on taking his met with any thing like this species of seat on the throne, he delivered to two reception : he reared once or twice, but was Peers stationed at his side for the purpose soon pacified by the groom in attendance. of receiving them.
As soon as they were beyond the limits of The first course was then served up. | the Hall, the doors were closed. It consisted of 24 gold covers and dishes, The dishes yet remaining uncovered, the carried by as mány Gentlemen Pensioners: basin and ewer were presented by the Lord they were preceded by six attendants on the Great Chamberlain that his Majesty might Clerk Comptroller, by two Clerks of the wash. He was assisted by the Earls of Kitchen, who received the dishes from the Abingdon and Verulam, and the Lord of the Gentlemen Pensioners, by the Clerk Compt
Manor of Heydon was in attendance with roller, in a velvet gown trimmed with silver a towel. His Majesty having dipped his lace, by two Clerks and the Secretary of fingers in the rose-water, and wiped them, the Board of Green Cloth, by the Compt
returned the napkin to the genıleman who roller and Treasurer of the Household, had performed the service of bearing it. and by four Serjeants at Arms with their The Dukes of York, Clarence, and Sus
sex, sitting on the right hand of the King; Before the dishes were placed upon the and the Dukes of Cambridge and Gloutables by the two Clerks of the kitchen, cester, with Prince Leopold, on the left ; the great doors at the bottom of the Hall The Carver and Assistant Carver, the Earls were thrown open to the sound of trumpets
of Denbigh and Chichester, took their and clarions, and the Duke of Wellington
ottom of the table, atas Lord High Constable, the Marquis of
tended by the Earls of Mount Edgecumbe Anglesea as Lord High Steward, and Lord
and Whitworth, who acted as Sewer and Howard of Effingham as Deputy Earl
Assistant Sewer. The Duke of DevonMarshal, entered upon the floor on horse
shire sustained the orb on the left of the back, remaining for some minutes under throne, and the Duke of Rutland the the archway. The Duke of Wellington
sceptre with the dove on the right, supwas on the left of the King, the Earl Mar
ported by the Lord of the Manor of Work
sop, with the ordinary sceptre, and the Peers | restrained his action within limits suited to bearing the four swords.
the narrow space in which he could be perThe tureens and dishes were then un- mitted to move. covered, and the carvers proceeded to The knightly appearance and gallant deassist his Majesty.
portment of the Champion obviously gave The Champion.—The first course having considerable pleasure to his Majesty, who, been removed, the attention of all present taking the goblet that was presented to hin was called to the Lottom of the Hall by a || by the Cup-bearer, drank to the bold challong and cheerful flourish of trumpets. The lenger with a corresponding air of gaiety. great gates were instantly thrown wide The Champion, on his part, having received open, and the Champion made his appear the cup, proposed the following toastance under the gothic archway, mounted "Long live his Majesty King George the on his piebald charger, Mr. Dymoke was
Fourth.” It would be impossible for us to accompanied on the right by the Duke of do justice to the scene which followed; it Wellington, and on the left by Lord Howard was the most animated, the most cheering, of Effingham; but his polished steel ar- and indeed the most subliine, that we ever mour, his plumes, and the trappings of his witnessed. A loud and involuntary cry of steed, instantly showed the capacity in “ God bless the King !” escaped at that which he appeared. He was ushered within moment from the Hall-the acclamation the limits of the Hall by two trumpeters, I was long and loud. Women, the loveliest with the arms of the Champion on their and fairest that ever Heaven formed, full of banners; by the Sergeant Trumpeter, and health and beauty, yet bending under the by two Sergeants at Arms, with maces. | brilliant burden of rich but unnecessary orAn esquire in half armour was on each naments—it was from this numerous and side, the one bearing his lance, and the noble assembly that a burst of applause other his shield or target: the three horse-issued, which seemed as it would rend men were followed by grooms and pages. the root of this ancient and magnificent
The first challenge was given at the en- | Hall. A thousand plumes waved in glorious trance of the Hall, the trumpets having pride-a thousand voices swelled the loud saunded thrice: it was read by the Herald acclamation-joy lighted up the counteattending the Champion.
nance of beauty-and the gaze of ardent After pausing for a few seconds, the loyalty beamed around the throne of a Champion drew off his gauntlet, and threw Monarch, who at that moment had much it upon the floor, with a very manly and reason to feel happy, and whose happiness chivalrous air. As no one appeared to ac- we trust will go on every day increasing cept the challenge, the Herald took up the with the prosperity of his noble-minded glove, and returned it to the Champion people. We should by the way have stated, The cavalcade then advanced half way up that on the first entrance of the Champion, the Hall, when it again halted, and the the greater part of those who stood in the trumpets having again sounded, the chal- body of the Hall paid their obeisance to the lenge was read as before, the gauntlet King, by kneeling on one knee. After the thrown down, and restored to the chal- Champion repeated his humble duties to lenger. At the foot of the throne, the same his Majesty, he departed from the Hall, acceremony was a third time repeated, the companied by those who entered it with him, Herald reading the challenge at the top of taking with him the Cup and Cover as the first fight of steps. We should here his fee. remark, that shouts of applause, and vo- Proclamation of the Styles.- Immediately ciferations of “ Long live the King," fol- afterwards, Garter, attended by Clarenceus, lowed each restoration of the gauntlet to Nortoy, Lyon, Ulster, and the rest of the the Champion. His charger was consider- Kings and Officers of Arms, proclaimed his ably alarmed by the noise, but he seemed Majesty's styles in Latin, French, and to have a complete command over him, and
English, three several times; the Oficers
of Arms, before each proclamation, crying the most dignified composure and self-pos" Largesse.” After each proclamation, the session, and his whole manner presented a company shouted “God save the King,” happy combination of princely loftiness and the ladies waved their handkerchiefs and pleasing affability of manner. The and fans.
current of feeling excited by his presence, Dinner being concluded, the Lord Mayor and the impressive pomp by which he was and twelve principal citizens of London, as surrounded, received no check from any of assistants to the Chief Butler of England, those untoward circumstances to which exaccompanied by the King's Cupbearer and tensive arrangements must always be liable. assistant, presented to his Majesty wine The most elaborate effort of language could in a gold cup; and the King having drank | convey but a faint idea of the scenes which thereof, returned the gold cup to the Lord were presented, and we can still less hope Mayor as his fee. The following services to succeed in our unpremeditated narrative-were also performed :-
The trace of every thing The Mayor of Oxford, with the Burgesses Would by a good discourser lose some life, of that city, (as assistants to the Lord Mayor Which actions' self was tongue to. All was and citizens of London), assisting the
Royal; Chief Butler of England in the office of
To the disposing of it nought rebelled, Butler, were conducted to his Majesty, pre
Order gave each thing view; the office did ceded by the King's Cupbearer, and having
Distinctly his full function. presented to the King a bowl of wine, re- The glories of the Coronation are over ; ceived the three maple cups for his fee. and what has attracted the eyes and ex
The peers then rose in their seats, and cited the admiration of tens and hundreds drank good health and a long and happy of thousands, is become one of those splenreign to the King, which was received with did recollections which would perish in a three times three by the whole company. few years with those by whom they are en
The Duke of Norfolk then said, “The tertained, were they not arrested in their King thanks his Peers for drinking his Aight, and made enduring as well as unihealth : he does them the honour to drink versal, by the pen of the bistorian. Our their health and that of his good people." Monarch is now the crowned and anointed His Majesty rose, and bowing three times King of a mighty and affectionate people ; to various parts of the immense concourse, and that day which his enemies vainly enhe drank the health of all present. It was deavoured to turn into one of alarm and succeedled by long continued shouts from bitterness, has proved a day of uninterall sides, during which the King resumed rupted peace and unalloyed festivity. It his seat on the throne.
became indeed “ a long summer's day” of Non nobis, Domine, having been sung by pleasure and gratification—the array of the Choir, various Peers paid their homage wealth and splendour and beauty within and respects to his Majesty; after which the scene of the pageant,the crowds of the King received from the Dukes of De- spectators in all the houses and buildings vonshire and Beaufort his Orb and Sceptre, that surrounded it—the fineness of the day and retired amidst loud and universal ex
-the faces and figures of all, dressed in pressions of public attachment and respect their brightest smiles, and in their gayest
The King quitted the Hall at a quarter apparel — the different amusements, prebefore eight o'clock: and after this the pared with a kind and proper anxiety for company was indiscriminately admitted to the comfort and happiness of the populace— partake of such refreshments as remained the mixture and blending of all these things, on the tables of the Peers, and the Hall rendered London a scene of such animation was cleared by nine o'clock. His Majesty and interest, that any description of ours
would convey but a faint and feeble idea. Throughout the long and fatiguing cere- Magnificent fireworks made the night its monies of the day, his Majesty preserved vehicle ; whilst a spontaneous and general
afterwards returned to Carlton-House.
illumination rendered this mighty metro- presented a spectacle which confounded the polis one blaze of light, of loyalty, and of senses. Even at that hour, those whose patriotism.
happy lot destined them to seats in the When the immense scale of preparation Abbey and the Hall, had commenced their for this ceremony is considered; the im- approach to the scene of celebration. From portance of the ceremony itself; the anxiety Charing-cross,as the converging centre to the with which it had been looked to by the metropolis, there were then two streams of public, and the Sovereign himself; the ex- | carriages directing their course through the pectations excited, the splendour and so- passages respectively marked out, the one lemnity of the ceremonial, and the sacred- appropriated to the visitors of the Abbey, ness of the engagement entered into by the and the other to those of the Hall. Through King with his people; the great national the grey mist of morning, the gay apparel objects to be attained in renewing that con- of the inmates was visible, and excited senfidence which it has been so long the ob- sations not to be described. The streets ject of the disaffected to impair; the im- were then crowded with foot passengers, pression likely to made on Foreigners hastening to the common centre of attracand Foreign Ministers present on the oc- tion, some eager to secure their seats on the casion; the assemblage of Statesmen and different platforms erected in the vicinity of Heroes, of names as imperishable as the Palace Yard, the Sessions-house, Parlianation whose destinies they regulate; the ment-street, &c. and others anxious to gain rank, title, beauty, wealth, and profusion, some standing-place, convenient for view. which gave so indescribable an interest and Arrangements, admirably calculated to precharm to the festivities attendant on the
serve order and decorum, had been preCoronation of our beloved Sovereign-we | viously adopted by the Committee of Mamay well say, that we never shall look uponnagement. His Majesty's Foot Guards, in the like again.
full dress uniform, had been under arms Numerous considerations crowd upon the during the whole night, and at the dawn of mind on this occasion, in which it is im- || day were stationed in the posts allotted to possible for us not hereafter to indulge: them. They formed a line from the grand Many minor branches of the enjoyment of entrance of the Hall to the west entrance the happy day remain for us yet to record; of the Abbey, and detachments were placed much anecdote worthy of history to relate; || for the like purposes in the interstices many interesting scenes to describe, to com- formed between the different pavilions and plete our sketch of the august and extraor- the open accesses to the Abbey and Hall. dinary ceremonial.
Parties of the Life Guards and Royal Horse
Guards (Blue) were also under arms, wearThe Out-door Proceedings.-Public cu- || ing their new caps, and decorated with their riosity and interest, heightened to the most new splendid cuirasses, made on purpose ardent intensity during the last ten days, || for this signal occasion, and they presented produced a sensation during the preceding | a splendid appearance. The Scotch Greys night, which, for animation and bustle, were also on duty. At two o'clock, three gave to the still season of rest the cheerful regiments of Volunteer Corps took the lite of day; and the metropolis, as if by one ground in Parliament-street, namely, the simultaneous consent, had agreed to post- | Artillery Corps, with their band and colours, pone even the most necessitous demands, the Loyal St. Margaret's, and the Duke of to that respect and attention due to the Cumberland's Sharp Shooters. Each of splendid celebration of this national jubilee. || these Corps were dressed in their full-dress
The rattling of carriages, the busy hum | uniforms. About five o'clock they were of man, and the cheerful note of prepara- respectively marched off under the orders of tion, marked the night as the continuation the General Officer on duty, and stationed of day. As early as one o'clock, Westmin- in different parts where their services would ster, the scene of this magnificent pageant, || be most effective in preserving order. As