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the right of whom was a Gentleman, carrying the staff of the Lord High Steward ; and on both sides of this part of the Procession were Serjeants at Arms. Then followed.

THE KING, Having on his right hand the Bishop of Durbam, and on his left the Bishop of Hereford. His Majesty was in his Royal Robes, and a Crown of State, adorned with Jewels. He proceeded under a Canopy of Gold Cloth, supported by sixteen Barons of the Cinque Ports, his Train borne by six Lords, eldest sons of Peers : Gentlemen Pensioners on each side. On the right, immediately following, were soon Mandeville, Lord Howard, and Lord Beauchamp; on the left the Marquis of Hartington, Lord Grey, and Lord Newnham : following this part of the Procession was the Master of the Robes, the Honourable James Brudenell.

Then followed The Captain of the Horse in Waiting, in his Robes : baving on bis right the Captain of the Band of Gentlemen Pensioners, in his Robes; and on his left the Captain of the Yeoman of the Guards, also in his Robes : these were successively supported by the Lieutenant of the Band of Gentlemen Pensioners, and the Standard Bearer of the same Band.

Next followed A Gentleman of the King's Bedchamber; and Two Grooms of the Bedehamber, each successively supported by a Lieutenant of the Yeoman of the Guard, and an Ensign of the same. The Yeoman of the Guard follow

ing; and after them the Clerk of the Cheque to the same. It is perhaps unnecessary to add that all the Peers in this splendid and Royal Procession, were in their Robes of Estate; the Knights of the Garter, Thistle, and Bath, wearing the collars of their respective orders.

The manner of disposing, seating, and placing the several persons who came in the grand Procession, after their entrance into the church, was as follows:

· The drums staying at the west end of the church, the trumpets and kettle-drums first entered, and coming to the west door of the choir, turned up the stairs on the left hand into the gallery, over the door. After them, the six clerks entered the choir; and being conducted by two officers of arms, ascended the steps of the Theatre; and dividing themselves to the right and left, went to their seats in the galleries on either side of the choir, level with the theatre, to the west end of the benches, and stood before their seats (as all others did,) until their majesties were seated. Next, the king's chaplains, being dignitaries; the aldermen of London; the masters in Chancery; the king's serjeants at law, the king's solicitor and attorney, the king's antient serjeant; the esquires of the body, the gentlemen of the prizchamber; the barons of the Exchequer; and justices of both benches, together with the lord chief baron and the two chief justices, having ascended the theatre, were directed in like manner to divide to the right and left, and take their places also on each side the choir, the foremost going still towards the west part of the benches. Then the choir of Westminster, with the prebendaries and dean, having entered the church, fell off from the procession a little on the left hand of the middle aisle, and staid till their majesties entered the church, whilst the serjeant-porter and serjeant of the vestry passed over the theatre to their station on the north side of the altar : the children and gentlemen of his majesty's chapel repaired in the meantime to the galleries appointed for them on each side of the sacrarium, or area, before the altar, viz. the vocal music to the gallery between the two uppermost pillars on the south side of the altar, and the instrumental music to the gallery on the north side of the said area, in the arch next to the pulpit.

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The master of the jewel-house, and the privy-counsellors, not peers, passed over the theatre to the north side of the said area, the master of the jewel-house toward the north side of the altar, and the others to that end of the seats provided for the bishops, next to the polpit.

Then the baronesses, ascending the steps of the theatre, turned to the left hand, and were conducted by an officer of arms to the PART III, CONTIN.

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furthest of these six seats prepared for the preresses, on the north side of the theatre,

In like inanner the barons were conducted to the furthest of the six seats, on the south side of the theatre, and the bishops to their seats on the north side of the area or sacrary.

Then the viscountesses were conducted (by one of the officers of arms, who preceded them) to their seats next to the baronesses; and the viscounts (by the other officers of arms,) to the opposide side, next to the barons.

And so the countesses, earls, marchionesses, duchesses, and dukes, were conducted to their seats. iq like manner, viz. the peeresses to the seats on the north side of the theatre, and the peers to those on the south side.

By this time the king and queen having entered the church, were received by the deau and prebendaries, who, with the choir of Westminster, proceeding a little before their majesties, sang

an anthem.

The anthem being ended, the children and chair of Westminster turned to the left hand, to the back side of the choir, and went up into their gallery.

Then the prebendaries, entering the choir, ascended the thea. tre, and passed over it to their station, oŅ the south side of the altar, beyond the king's clair.

After which the Deau of Westminster, the grand officers, and two archbishops, with the Dukes of Aquitaine and Normandy, ascended the theatre, and stood near the great south-east pillar Thereof.

Then the queen, preceded by her vice-chamberlain, two gen. tlemen-ushers, and her lord-chamberlain, and by the lords whe bore her majesty's regalia; and, being attended as before, ascend. ed the theatre, leaving the gentlemen pensioners (wbe guarded her majesty,) below in the choir, and the serjeant-at-arms at the rail on the west side of the theatre, and passed on the north side of her throne, to the chair of state and faldstool provided for her on the cast side of the theatre, below her throne, and stood.

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by the said chair till his majesty came.

When the queen entered the choir, the king's scholars of Westminster school, in number forty, all in surplices, being placed in a gallery adjoining to the great organ-loft, entertained her majesty with this short prayer, or salutation, Vivar REGINA, [naming her majesty's name,] which they continued to sing until his majesty entered the choir, whom they entertained in like manner with this prayer or salutation Vivat (naming his majesty's name,] Rex; which they continued to sing until his majesty ascended the theatre. Then the king, preceded as before, having left the barons of the Cinque Ports, who bore bis majesty's canopy, at the entrance into the choir, and the gentlemen pensioners in the choir, ascended the theatre, leaving the rest of the serjeants-atarms at the rail aforesaid; and passing by the south side of his throne, to his chair of state set for him on the east side of the theatre, near the foot of the throne, and kneeled down at his faldstool, just before his chair, and used some private devotions; the Queen doing the like; and then, arising, placed himself in his chair of state; and being seated, the Queen also sat down in her chair of state; the lord chancellor; the lord great chamberlain, the lord high constables and earl marshal, with the two bishops who supported his Majesty, the Dean of Westminster, and the lords who carried the regalia and swords, with garter and the gentleman usher; all standing about his Majesty, viz. The bishops on either side, the lords who bore the swords on the right hand, and the lord great chamberlain on the left hand.

The Queen's officers, and those who bore her Majesty's re. galia, with the two supporting bishops, and the lady who bore ber Majesty's train, with the two ladies assistants, all standing' likewise about her Majesty, viz. the bishops on either side, her lord chamberlain on the right hand, and her vice-chamberlain on the left; and the ladies, that attended her, behind.

Thus their Majesties being seated, and all the nobility and others duly placed; the two provincial kings of arms, with the heralds and pursuivants of arms, repaired to their stations at the four great corner pillars of the theatre.

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The Recognition. Then the Archbishop of Canterbury, standing near the King on the east side of the theatre, bis Majesty, attended as before, rose out of his chair, and stood before it, whilst the archbishop, having his face to the east, said as follows:

Sirs, 1 here present onto you King George, the rightful inheritor of the Crown of this realm: wherefore all ye that are come this day to do your homage, service, and bounden duty, are ye willing to do the same?

From thence the said archbishop, accompanied with the lord chancellor, the lord great chamberlain, the lord high constable, and the Earl Marshal, (garter king of arms going before them) proceeded to the south side of the theatre, and repeated the same words; then proceeded to the west; and lastly, to the north side of the theatre, in like manner : the king standing all this while by his chair of state, toward the east side of the theatre, and turning his face to the several sides, at such time as the archbishop at every presentation spoke to the people.

The people signified their willingness and joy by loud acelama.. tion, saying,

GOD SAVE KING GEORGE!

At the last recognition the trumpets sounded and drums beat.

After this ceremony, a full anthem was sung by the choirs, while their Majesties reposed themselves in their chairs of state.

The First Oblation. The archbishop, in the meantime going to the altar, revested himself with a rich cope, and placed binself at the north side of the altar; as did also the bishops, who bore any part in the office.

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