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The Procession being entered the Church, is to pass along down to the end of the North aisle, and then cross to the South aisle, and from thence to the said steps, and there to fall off on each side, until the Judges, the Knights of the Bath, the Privy Councillors, the Peers, the Body, and chief Mourners, &c. are placed in King Henry the Seventh's Chapel.
At the entrance within the Church, the Dean and Prebendaries in their copes, attended by the Choir, all having wax tapers in their hands, are to receive the Royal Body, and are to fall into the procession just before Clarenceux King of Arms, and so are to proceed, singing, into King Henry the Seventh's Chapel, where the Body is to be deposited on tressels (the Crown and Cushion being laid at the head), and the canopy held over it by the Gentlemen of the Privy Chamber, while the service, according to the liturgy of the Church of England, is read by the Bishop of Rochester Dean of Westminster, and the Chief Mourner and his two Supporters are seated on chairs placed for them at the head of the corpse, and the Lords Assistants, seated on stools on each side, and the Lords of the Bedchamber, &c. are seated, and the Peers and others take their seats in the stalls on each side of the Choir.
When the part of the service before the interment is read, the Royal Corpse is to be carried to the vault, preceded by the Lord Chamberlain of the Household, the Chief Mourner, his Supporters and Assistants following, Garter going before them, and the White Staff Officers of his late Majesty's Household, and place themselves near the vault.
The Royal Corpse being interred, the Dean of Westminster is to go on with the office of burial; which ended, and an anthem sung in the Choir,* Garter King of Arms proclaims his late Majesty's style as followeth :
Thus hath it pleased Almighty God to take out of this transitory life, unto his Divine Mercy, the late Most High, Most Mighty, and Most Excellent Monarch, GEORGE the Second, by the Grace of GoD, KING of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, and Sovereign of the Most
This Anthem was extracted from the Psalms and the Wisdom of Solomon; it was composed by Dr. Boyce, who was then the King's Organist, Composer, and Master of the Band. The vocal parts were performed by the Choirs of the Chapel Royal and Westminster, with the Rev. Mr. Mence, and Mr. Beard of Vauxhall Gardens.
Noble Order of the Garter, Duke of Brunswick and Lunenburgh, Arch-Treasurer, and Elector of the Holy Roman Empire.
Let us beseech Almighty GoD to bless and preserve with long life, health, and honour, and all worldly happiness, the Most High, Most Mighty, and Most Excellent Monarch, our Sovereign Lord GEORGE the Third, by the Grace of GoD, KING of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, and Sovereign of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, Duke. of Brunswick and Lunenburgh, Arch-Treasurer, and Elector of the Holy Roman Empire.
GOD SAVE KING GEORGE THE THIRD.
Such were the early ceremonials of this reign, but the magnificent proceeding which is the chief subject of this work, did not take place for nearly a twelvemonth afterwards. Delay, however, in many instances, and certainly in the present, served only to raise expectation the higher, and, accordingly, the approaching Coronation was a frequent subject not only in the regular periodical works, but also in the lighter essays of the time. There was likewise considerable interest excited by the expectation of the Queen from Germany, and anticipation was so great, that, says one of the monthly publications for 1761, "the impatience of the people for the arrival of their future Queen cannot be expressed."
It was on the 8th of July in that year, that His Majesty first announced to his Council his intention of demanding the Princess Charlotte of Mecklenbergh, youngest sister of Adolphus IV. Duke of that Principality, in marriage, in the following terms:
Having nothing so much at heart as to procure the welfare and happiness of my people, and to render the same stable and permanent to posterity, I have, ever since my accession to the Throne, turned my thoughts towards the choice of a Princess for my Consort; and I now with great satisfaction acquaint you, that, after the fullest information, and mature deliberation, I am come to a resolution to demand in marriage the Princess Charlotte of Mecklenberg Strelitz, a Princess distinguished by every eminent virtue and amiable endowment, whose illustrious line has constantly shewn the firmest zeal for the Protestant Religion, and a particular attachment to my family. I have judged proper to communicate to you these my intentions, in order that you may be fully apprised of a matter so highly important to me and to my Kingdoms, and which, I persuade myself, will be most acceptable to all my loving subjects.
In consequence of this declaration, on the following day the Earl of Harcourt was appointed His Majesty's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Court of Mecklenberg, to conduct to England the future Queen, in the Charlotte royal yacht, the command of which, with its accompanying squadron, was entrusted to Lord Anson.
The same day on which the King announced the above intention, he also signed a proclamation for his Coronation, and the meeting of the Court of Claims, of which the following is á copy.
Declaring His Majesty's Pleasure touching His Royal Coronation, and the Solemnity thereof.
WHEREAS We have resolved, by the favour and blessing of Almighty God, to celebrate the solemnities of Our Royal Coronation upon Tuesday the twenty-second day of September next, at Our Palace at Westminster: and forasmuch as by antient customs and usages, as also in regard of divers tenures of sundry manors, lands, and other hereditaments, many of Our loving subjects do claim, and are bound to do and perform divers several services on the said day, and at the time of the Coronation, as, in times precedent, their ancestors, and
those from whom they claim, have done and performed at the Coronations of Our famous progenitors and predecessors: We therefore, out of Our princely care for the preservation of the lawful rights and inheritances of Our loving subjects, whom it may concern, have thought fit to give notice of, and publish Our resolutions therein; and do hereby give notice of and publish the same accordingly and We do hereby further signify, that by Our Commission under Our Great Seal of Great Britain, We have appointed and authorized Our most dearly beloved Brother and Councillor EDWARD Duke of York; Our Dearly beloved Uncle and Councillor WILLIAM Duke of Cumberland; the Most Reverend Father in God, Our Right Trusty and Right entirely beloved Councillor Thomas Arch'bishop of Canterbury, Primate of all England, and Metropolitan; Our Right Trusty and well-beloved Councillor Robert Lord Henley, Baron of Grainge, Our Chancellor of Great Britain; Our Right Trusty and Right well-beloved Cousins and Councillors John Earl Granville, President of Our Council; Richard Earl Temple, Keeper of Our Privy Seal; Our Right Trusty and Right entirely beloved Cousins and Councillors William Duke of Devonshire, Lord Chamberlain of Our Household; Charles Duke of Bolton, Thomas Duke of Leeds, John Duke of Bedford, John Duke of Rutland, Master of Our Horse; Charles Duke of Queensbury, Peregrine Duke of Ancaster, Our Great Chamberlain; Thomas Holles Duke of Newcastle, First Lord Commissioner of our Treasury; Lionel Duke of Dorset, Lord Warden of Our Cinque Ports; Our Right Trusty and wellbeloved Councillor John Manners, Esq. commonly called Marquis of Granby, Lieutenant General of Our Ordnance; Our Right Trusty and Right well-beloved Cousins and Councillors William Earl of Talbot, Lord Steward of Our Household; Francis Earl of Huntingdon, Groom of the Stole; Basil Earl of Denbigh, Daniel Earl of Winchelsea and Nottingham, Philip Earl of Chesterfield, John Earl of Sandwich, Anthony Earl of Shaftesbury, Robert Earl of Holdernesse, William Henry Earl of Rochford, George Earl of Albemarle, William Earl of Jersey, Francis Earl of Godolphin, George Earl of Cholmondeley, Thomas Earl of Kinnoul, Chancellor of Our Dutchy of Lancaster; John Earl of Hyndford, John Earl of Bute, one of Our Principal Secretaries of State; George Dunk Earl of Halifax, Our Lieutenant General and General Governor of Our Kingdom of Ireland; James Earl of Waldegrave, William Earl of Bath, Granville Levison Earl Gower, John Earl of Buckinghamshire, Henry Arthur Earl of Powis, Comptroller of Our Household; Charles Earl of Egremont, Simon Earl Harcourt, Charles Earl Cornwallis,
Constable of Our Tower of London; Philip Earl of Hardwicke, John Earl Delawarr, John Earl of Egmont, Wills Earl of Hillsborough, Percy Earl of Thomond, Treasurer of Our Household; Our Right Trusty and well-beloved Cousins and Councillors, Hugh Viscount Falmouth, William Viscount Barrington, Chancellor and Under Treasurer of Our Exchequer; John Viscount Bateman, John Viscount Ligonier, Master General of Our Ordnance; Our Right Trusty and well-beloved Councillors Philip Yorke, Esq. commonly called Lord Viscount Royston; John Lord Berkeley of Stratton, Allen Lord Bathurst, Samuel Lord Sandys, George Lord Anson, First Lord Commissioner of Our Admiralty; William Lord Mansfield, Chief Justice of Our Court of King's Bench; George Lord Lyttleton, George Lord Melcombe, Thomas Lord Grantham, William Finch, Esq. Vice Chamberlain of Our Household; George Townshend, Esquire, Henry Bilson Legge, Esquire, George Grenville, Esquire, Treasurer of Our Navy; James Grenville, Esquire, Cofferer of Our Household; William Pitt, Esq. One of Our Principal Secretaries of State; Sir John Willes, Knight, Lord Chief Justice of Our Court of Common Pleas; Sir John Rushout, Baronet, Henry Fox, Esquire, Paymaster General of our Forces; Sir Thomas Clarke, Knight, Master of the Rolls; Charles Townshend, Esquire, Our Secretary at War; Robert Nugent, Esquire, Welbore Ellis, Esquire, and Sir Francis Dashwood, Baronet, Treasurer of Our Chamber; or any five or more of them, to receive, hear, and determine, the petitions and claims which shall be to them exhibited by any of Our loving subjects in this behalf: and we shall appoint Our said Commissioners for that purpose, to sit in the Painted Chamber of Our Palace at Westminster, upon Tuesday, the twenty-first day of this instant, July, at ten of the clock in the forenoon of the same day, and, from time to time to adjourn, as to them shall seem meet, for the execution of Our said Commission, which We do thus publish, to the intent that all such persons, whom it may any ways concern, may know when and where to give their attendance for the exhibiting of their petitions and claims, concerning the services beforementioned to be done and performed unto Us at Our said Coronation : and We do hereby signify unto all and every of Our subjects, whom it may concern, that Our will and pleasure is, and we do hereby strictly charge all persons, of what rank or quality soever they be, who either upon Our letters to them directed, or by reason of their offices or tenures, or otherwise, are to do any service at the said day or time of Our Coronation, that they do duly give their attendance accordingly, in all respects furnished and appointed as to so great a