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the box was constructed for the female old chair of St Edward the Confessor. The branches of the Royal Family admitted to floor of this platform was covered with the the ceremony ; at the opposite side, and most superb Persian tapestry, whilst the also at the royal platform, was the box ap- walls which surrounded and rose from it propriated to Foreign Ambassadors and were hung with the most beautiful damask. their Ladies ; over the former were the In the front of the throne was the Sacra. boxes subdivided between the Earl Mar. rium, which, as the place of the most select shal, the Lord High Steward, and the ceremony, was very superbly prepared. Lord High Constable ; and above the first The centre of the transepts on the left mentioned, boxes were fitted up for the was the pulpit, fixed to a pillar, and of a suites of the Foreign Embassies. The lower simple and elegant construction, though its gallery on the east side was devoted to materials were of gold and crimson velvet. persons having the Lord Great Chamber. The area of this Chapel was a square form. Jain's and Peers' tickets; the upper was
ed for the Ambassadors and the Princesses. divided into sections, for the public depart Two silk benches for the Bishops were on • ments. The lower tier at the west side the left side. In the centre of the side
was appropriated to Peeresses alone, for formed by the organ gallery was the altar, about one third of its length, and the re- a splendid table covered with large pieces mainder to Peers' tickets. The upper tier of gold plate under a slightly projecting was allotted to different official personages, canopy sustained by golden palm trees. principally for the tickets of the Lord On the right of the altar was an ottoman, Great Chamberlain and Lord Chamberlain. covered with the canopy of gold tissue to At each side of the Hall a long dinner be held over the King at his unction, and table was placed, with marked seats for the the robe which he was then to wear. On Peers. From the cantalivers ornamented the right side was a blue velvet chair and with angels bearing shields, which support desk, where the king was to offer his prithe antique roof, gult chandeliers were sus vate devotions, and in the centre of the pended, to shed a light upon the dining area stood King Edward's Throne, a statetables.
ly antique chair, covered with gold. All Westminster Abbey.--All the galleries those objects were admirable for their raised in this ancient pile, as well as the beauty, and from their historic recollections. benches situated just before them on the In gradual order, the seats of the choristers pavement of the aisle, were covered with and the gentlemen of his Majesty's band scarlet cloth, forming a magnificent pro. rose, fringed with scarlet ; and as a finale to spect to the eye of the spectator. Within the view from the grand western entrance, the choir were the benches on which the stood the majestic organ of the Abbey.
ights Commanders of the Bath, the Boxes for spectators were fitted up in the Privy Councillors, and Knights of the Gar- cornice galleries which run round the ter, not being Peers, the Judges and differ- whole extent of the Abbey, and were deent Law Officers of the Crown, took their corated in a superb manner. seats during the Coronation. In the centre But the external preparations were perof the cross was a raised foor, called the haps as much worthy of notice as the intheatre, and upon it a throne ; a magnifi. terior ones. From the north door of cent work. The theatre was under the Westminster Hall there was a winding tower of the Abbey, and on a platform of platform, which presented a lively appearfour steps, raised in the centre of it, cover The railing on each side of it was ed with cloth of gold, and surrounded by covered with purple cloth, and the flooring the richest Turkey carpets, stood the Coro was covered to the extent of sixteen feet, nation chair of the Kings of England, leaving about a yard on each side uncoverwhich has been so often described. On the ed, with the same sort of blue cloth. The north and south sides of the theatre were course over which the procession proceeded the north and south transepts of the Abbey from the Hall to the Abbey was about Church, in which seats covered with scar 1500 yards in extent, exclusive of the ex. Jet cloth were assigned for the Peers, and tent of the Hall and the Abbey, the former plain matted seats for the spectators who of which is about 240 feet long. Awnings sat behind them.-At each of the four pil. were drawn, but at short distances red lars, which support the main tower of the lines were placed, to close or spread them. Abbey, seats were reserved for the Heralds To each line and pulley was allotted one and Officers of Arms; and near to the man, with a particular dress, so that the south pillar stood the pulpit, out of which most rapid change could be effected, as the the Coronation Sermon was preached ; de- weather required, while a staff enabled each corated with crimson velvet and gold. man to act as a constable. There were Rising another flight of steps was the plat- also placed men with pincers, hammers, form on which was the altar and the com &c., to repair any damage.
These men munion-table, and on which were placed had a livery, with staves, and were sworn the chairs and fold-stool used by the King as constables. On each side of the platduring the sermon and litany, and also the form was a narrow standing-place, some
what under it, from the Hall to the Abbey; guards, which were stationed in several and on this sub-platform were stationed places near Westminster, but not in line parties of foot soldiers, flanked and sup with the platform. At this early hour car. ported by horse soldiers. Thus the view riages made their approach from several was not intercepted.
parts of the town, with persons entitled to To gain the best possible sight, every seats to see the solemn ceremony, and with house in view of the procession had either others who had paid for seats outside to see been let out upon speculation, or fitted up the procession. in front by the occupant with scaffoldings At five o'clock, a considerable number of stages of seats let at different prices, ac of the company had arrived. Large parties cording to their nearness to, or distance kept pouring in, and, as they entered, were from, the procession. The whole range of conducted by the persons in attendance to those houses opposite the Hall presented the places assigned them in the galleries. Dearly an uniform erection of series of seats, Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Glou. in the form of theatrical boxes, with a kind cester was the first of the royal family who of Chinese roofing over the uppermost of arrived in the Hall, taking her seat in the them. Some of them were neatly painted, royal box at a quarter before six. Her with festooned ornaments in distemper. Royal Highness was splendidly attired in a The stages erected on each side of the plat. rich dress of silver lama, over French lilac; form, from the Hall to the Abbey, were cal. head-dress, a white satin hat, with an elegant culated to 'accommodate at least 100,000. plume of white feathers, turned up with a persons, fitted up with awnings, and the diamond button and loop in front, and posts that supported them were covered appeared to be in excellent health and with crimson cloth, so that they made no un spirits. important part of the show. They were let About half-past five o'clock, her Majesat various prices, and designated by various ty, in her state carriage, drawn by six hor. names; such as the Royal Pavilion, the ses, and accompanied by Lord and Lady Bishops' Gallery, the Knights' Gallery, the Hood and Lady Ann Hamilton, followed by Grand Crescent, the Western and Eastern another carriage, entered St James's Park, Galleries, &c. Those persons, however, by Constitution Hill Gate. Her Majesty who had been at such expence in fitting was not observed by the public till she en. places for the accommodation of the public, tered the park ; but it immediately displaywere not sufficiently remunerated for their ed a busy scene, by persons running to trouble, as seats, which were expected to greet her Majesty, and by the time she ar. bring three guineas, were offered in the rived at Storey's Gate, a great concourse of morning of the coronation at 10s. Very persons had collected, who loudly cheered good seats were obtained at so low as 75. her, and the general exclamation was, “ God The working classes of the public did not bless your Majesty! stick up for your appear to take that interest in the corona rights, we will protect you.” T'he soldiers tion which was expected. The streets and at their different posts, as her Majesty pasneighbourhood of Westminster were not sed, presented arms to her. greatly crowded.
Her Majesty having driven round by the The firing of guns and ringing of bells west front of the Abbey, proceeded in her at one o'clock on Thursday morning an carriage by the side of the platform to. nounced the opening of this interesting day, wards the Hall. When the carriage drew and so early as two o'clock, the streets re up, Lord Hood alighted, and proceeded to sounded with the rattling of carriages of search for some means of ingress to the every description, passing to the scene of Hall, from which the carriage was separat. this gorgeous ceremony or its vicinity. ed by the platform. Having found a gate
At three o'clock, the platform leading in the rear of the Champion's stable, he refrom Westminster Hall to the Abbey was turned to the carriage; and her Majesty, thrown open to public view. The removal having alighted, was conducted by his of the boards, which formed its sides, com Lordship towards that gate, attended by menced on Wednesday night, and disclosed Lady Hood and Lady Ann Hamilton. the interior, like the celebrated Trojan On reaching the gate, the royal party horse, filled with soldiers. They were was informed that it was no thoroughfare. lying down with arms at their sides, except They then proceeded by the side of the a few who were on the alert to prevent the platform, till they arrived at the passage intrusion of the people. Thursday morn across it from the end of Parliament Street, ing the canvas covering was furled up close which was open for persons with Peers' to the top ridge, thus affording a view of tickets. Here an officer of the Guards prethe procession to the spectators in the most sented himself, and, half-drawing his elevated places. The ledge along the out sword, asked for their authority to pass ; side of the platform was occupied by a de when Lord Hood presented a ticket, and tachment of the grenadier guards. There they were allowed to pass over the platwere also in attendance several troops of form. They then proceeded towards the the 1st, 2d, and blue regiment of horse House of Lords, to try to enter the Hall
by some of the passages, but were debarred Lord Hood.Am I to understand that from all ingress to the Hall. They then you refuse her Majesty admission ? proceeded to the passage leading into the Door-keeper. We only act in conformi. Abbey from Poets' Corner. The guard ty with our orders. was at first drawn up to oppose her en Her Majesty again laughed. trance, but, by the command of their officer, Lord Hood. Then you refuse the they withdrew respectfully, and let her Ma- Queen admission ? jesty pass. One of the attendants of the A door.keeper of a superior order then Abbey now came forward, and, with mark came forward, and was asked by Lord ed respect, conducted her Majesty to the Hood whether any preparations had been Abbey door.
made for her Majesty ? He answered reHere Lord Hood desired admission for spectfully in the negative. her Majesty.
Lord Hood.-Will your Majesty enter The door-keepers drew across the en the Abbey without your ladies? trance, and requested to see the tickets. Her Majesty declined.
Lord Hood.— I present you your Queen. Lord Hood then said, that her Majesty Surely it is not necessary for her to have a had better retire to her carriage. It was ticket?
clear no provision had been made for her Door-keeper. Our orders are to admit accommodation. no person without a Peer's ticket.
Her Majesty assented. Lord Hood. This is your Queen. She Some persons within the porch of the is entitled to admission without such a form. Abbey laughed, and uttered some expres
The Queen smiling, but still in some sions of disrespect. agitation. Yes, I am your Queen. Will Lord Hood. We expected to have met you admit me ?
at least with the conduct of gentlemen. Door-keeper.--My orders are specific, Such conduct is neither manly nor manand I feel myself bound to obey them. nerly. The Queen laughed.
Her Majesty then retired, leaning on Lord Hood. I have a ticket.
Lord Hood's arm, and followed by Lady Door-keeper. Then, my Lord, we will Hood and Lady Hamilton. She was prelet you pass upon producing it.
ceded by constables back to the platform, Lord Hood now drew from his pocket a over which she returned-entered her car. Peer's ticket for one person. The original riage, and was driven off, amidst rename in whose favour it was drawn was iterated shouts of applause and disapproba. erased, and the name of Wellington sub- tion. stituted.
Her Majesty was dressed in white, and Door-keeper. This will let one person had on her head a cap or bandeau, with a pass, but no more.
large plume of white ostrich feathers; she Lord Hood. Will your Majesty go in appeared in full health, and returned the alone ?
congratulations of the public by bowing to Her Majesty at first assented, but did not them in the most gracious manner. persevere.
The following account of the Procession, the Ceremonial of the Coronation, and the
Banquet, was published in a Supplement to the London Gazette:Heralds' College, Thursday, July 19, 1821.-His Majesty having, on Wednesday evening, repaired to the residence of the Speaker of the House of Commons, where he remained during the night, was this day crowned in the Abbey Church of Saint Peter, Westminster, with the rites and ceremonies accustomed to be observed upon occasions of such great and glorious solemnity.
The Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and his Royal Highness the Prince Leopold of Saxe Cobourg, were assembled at eight o'clock in the morning in the House of Lords : Deputy Garter, the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, the Trainbearers of the Princes of the Blood Royal, the Attendants on the Lord High Steward, and on the Lord Chancellor, Lord High Constable, Earl Marshal, and Lord Chamberlain of the Household, and the Gentlemen Ushers of the White and Green Rods, in the space below the Bar ; the Gentlemen of the Privy Chamber, the Attorney and Solicitor-General, Serjeants at Law, Masters in Chancery, the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, Recorder, and Sheriffs of London, the King's Chaplains having dignities, and the six Clerks in Chancery, in the Paint. ed Chamber; the Vice-Chamberlain, Treasurer and Comptroller of the Household, the Marquis of Londonderry, K. G., the Register of the Order of the Garter, the Lord Chief Justice of the King's Bench, the Master of the Rolls, the Vice-Chancellor, the Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, the Lord Chief Baron, the rest of the Judges, and the Privy Councillors, not being Peers, and the Clerks of the Council in Ordinary, in the Chamber formerly called the Prince's Chamber, or Robing Room, near the former
House of Lords; the Knights Grand Crosses and the Knights Commanders of the Order of the Bath, and the Officers of the said Order, in the Chamber formerly the House of Lords; the Trainbearers of his Majesty, the Master and Groom of the Robes, in his Majesty's Robing Chamber, near the south entrance into Westminster Hall; the Lords and Grooms of the Bed Chamber, the Keeper of the Privy Purse, the Equerries and Pages of Honour, and the Gentlemen Ushers and Aides-de-Camp, in the Room of the Chairmen of Committees adjoining the House of Lords; the Physicians, Surgeons, and Apothecaries, in the Witness-Room adjoining the House of Lords; the Officers and Band of Gentlemen Pensioners, the Serjeants at Arms, the Officers and Yeomen of the Guard, in the House of Commons and the Lobbies thereof; the King's Heralds, and Pursuivants of Arms, the Lobby between the House of Lords and the Painted Chamber; the sixteen Barons of the Cinque Ports, with the Canopy, the Knight Marshal and his Officers, his Majesty's Band, in Westminster Hall, at the lower end ; and all who were to precede the Knight Marshal in the procession, without the north door of the Hall.
Soon after eight o'clock the Peers were called over in the House of Lords by Deputy Garter, and proceeded to the Hall, where the other persons appointed to walk in the procession had been previously marshalled on the right and left by the Officers of Arms.
At about ten o'clock his Majesty, preceded by the Great Officers of State, entered the Hall and took his seat in the Chair of State ; which was announced by the firing of a gun.
The Deputy Lord Great Chamberlain, the Lord High Constable, and the Deputy Earl Marshal, ascending the steps, placed themselves at the outer side of the table : the Lord High Steward, the rest of the great Officers, Deputy Garter, and Black Rod, arranged themselves near the Chair of State ; the Royal Trainbearers on each side of the Throne.
The Vice-Chamberlain of his Majesty's Household, in the absence of the Lord Cham. berlain, assisted by Officers of the Jewel-Office, then brought the Sword of State to the Lord High Constable, who delivered it to the Deputy Lord Great Chamberlain, by whom it was laid upon the table ; then Curtana, or the Sword of Mercy, with the two Swords of Justice, being in like manner presented, were drawn from their scabbards by the Deputy Lord Great Chamberlain, and laid on the table before his Majesty ; after which the Gold Spurs were delivered, and also placed on the table. Immediately after, a procession advanced up the Hall from the lower end thereof, with the usual reverences, in the following order:
Serjeant of the Vestry, in a scarlet mantle.
Choir of Westminster, in surplices, four abreast.
Sub-Dean of the Chapel Royal.
York Herald. Somerset Herald.
The two Provincial Kings of Arms.
First Prebendary of Westminster, carrying the Orb.
Fourth Prebendary, carrying St Edward's Staff.
Sixth Prebendary, carrying the Bible. The Dean and Prebendaries, having arrived at the foot of the steps, and Deputy Garter preceding them, ascended the steps, and approaching near the table before the King, the Dean presented the Crown to the Lord High Constable, who delivered it to the Deputy Lord Great Chamberlain, and by him it was placed on the table before the King. The rest of the Regalia were severally delivered by each Prebendary, on his knee, to the Dean, by him to the Lord High Constable, by him to the Deputy Lord Great Chamberlain, by whom they were laid on the table. The Regalia being thus delivered, the Prebendaries and Dean returned to the middle of the Hall. His Majesty then command. ed Deputy Garter to summon the Noblemen and Bishops who were to bear the Regalia ; and the Deputy Lord Great Chamberlain delivered the same to the Lords by whom they were to be severally carried.
The Bishops of Oxford and Lincoln, who were to support his Majesty, for the Blshops of Durham and Bath and Wells, were then summoned by Deputy Garter, and, ascending the steps, placed themselves on each side of the King.
The second gun was then fired; and the procession, flanked by the Earl Marshal's Gold Staff Officers, moved forward upon blue cloth spread from the Throne in West
minster Hall, to the great steps in the Abbey Church ; the Anthem, “ O Lord, grant the King a long life," &c. being sung in parts, in succession with his Majesty's Band play. ing, the sounding of trumpets, and the beating of drums, until the arrival in the Abbey.
ORDER OF THE PROCESSION. The King's Herb-Woman, with her six Maids, two and two, strewing the way with herbs. 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. The High Constable of Westminster in a scarlet cloak, with his staff. Two Household Fifes, with banners of velvet fringed with gold, and five Household Drummers in royal liveries, 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 : their silver trumpets with banners of crimson
damask embroidered and fringed with gold. Kettle Drums, drum-covers of crimson damask embroidered and fringed with gold.
Eight Trumpeters in liveries, as before.
Serjeant-Trumpeter with his Mace.
The six Clerks in Chancery.
The Sheriffs of London.
Recorder of London.
Masters in Chancery.
The King's Ancient Serjeant.
Gentlemen of the Privy Chamber.
Children of the Choir of Westminster, in surplices.
Choir of Westminster, in surplices.
Sub-Dean of the Chapel Royal, in a scarlet gown.
The Dean of Westminster, in a surplice and rich cope.
mantles, chains, and badges, viz. Secretary
Officer of Arms.
their hats and feathers in their hands.
The Messenger of the Order.
abreast in the full habit of their Order, their hats and feathers in their hands, those being Members of His Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council, wearing a blue scarf, fringed with gold, around the right arm.
Rouge Dragon Pursuivant of Arms, in his tabard.
Barons of the Exchequer.
Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer.
The Vice-Chancellor of England.
The Master of the Rolls.
The Clerks of the Council in Ordinary.