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The grooms of the removing wardrobe in the interior spread a large carpet from the altar down below the half paces, as far as King Edward's chair : and the gentleman usher of the black rod, and the yeoman of his Majesty's wardrobe, assisted by the two grooms before mentioned, spread a rich carpet of cloth of gold over it, and laid cushions of the same for their Majesties to kneel on, at the steps of the altar,
Then the King rose from his chair (on the east side of the theatre below his throne) leaving the queen in hers; being supported by the two bishops, and attended (as always) by the Dean of Westminster, the great officers, and the noblemen who carried the four swords, and the regalia going before lim, put off his cap of estate, and went to the steps of the altar, and there kneeled down upon the cushion.
Here the pall of cloth of gold, was delivered to the lord great chamberlain, by the master of the great wardrobe, who, kneeling, presented it to his Majesty, and the King offered it.
Then the treasurer of his Majesty's household delivered to the lord great chamberlain, an ingot, or wedge of gold, of a pound weight, (viz ten ounces troy) which the King also offered.
The archbishop, assisted by the Dean of Westminster, (received them standing) from his Majesty, and laid them reverently on the altar: which done, the King arising made an obeisance towards the altar, and retired to his chair on the south side of the area, or sacrarium.
Then the Queen, supported as before by the bishops, was brought from her seat, (on the east side of the theatre below her throne) her regalia being borue before her; and, being come to the steps of the altar, kneeled down, and offered a like pall, with the saine ceremony as the King did before, and then retired to her chair, set for her likewise on the south side of the area, or on the king's left hand.
After which, their Majesties kneeling at their faldstools, placed before their chairs, the archbishop made the following prayer ;
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"O God, “ O God, who dwellest in the high and holy place, with them also who are of an humble spirit; look down graciously upon these thy servants, George our King, and Charlotte our Queen, here prostrate before thee at thy footstool, and mercifully receive these oblations," &c.
Which prayer being ended, the lords, who bore his Majesty's regalia, drew near to the steps of the altar, and every one, in order, presented what he carried, viz. the crown, the orb, the sceptre with a dove, the spurs, the sceptre with a cross, and St. Edward's .staff, unto the archbishop; who being assisted, as before, by the dean of Westminster, laid them decently upon the altar, and the lords who bore them retired to their respective seats,
In like manner, the lords who carried her Majesty's regalia, delivered them severally in manner as before, viz. first the crowu, then the sceptre with the cross, and lastly the ivory rod, with the dove, and retired to their respective seats.
Which done, the persons representing the Dukes of Aquitaine and Normandy, with the great officers, viz. the lord chancellor, the lord treasurer, the lord president of the council, and the lord privy seal, together with the lord high constable, and the earl marshal, repaired to their seats on the south side of the area, behind their Majesties chairs, where the lord high steward had im mediately before seated himself.
The Litany. Their Majesties arising from their chairs, and kneeling again at their faldstools, which were now placed facing the east, the Queen's on the left hand of the King's, the archbishop ordered the yeoinen of his Majesty's vestry to give notice to the Bishop of Chester and Chichester to read the Litany : which they accordingly sung.
O God the Father of Heaven, &c.
the responses, the Dean of Westminster kneel. ing on the left hand of the King, a little behind his Majesty, after which, viz. at the end of the collect,
“We humbly beseech thee, O Father, mercifully to look upon qur iufirmities.” The archbishop, being all this while at the north side of the altar, said these two prayers :
“ Almighty and everlasting God, creator of all things, King of kings, and Lord of lords, give ear we beseech thee unto our humble prayers; and multiply thy blessings upon this thy servant George, whom in thy name, with lowly devotion, we consecrate our King.”
"O God, who providest for thy people by thy power, and rulest over them in love, grant unto this thy scrvant · George, our King, the spirit of wisdom and government,”
After the Litany, the yeomen of the vestry carried back the desk and cushion into St. Edward's Chapel, where they waited to perform any occasional commands of bis Grace, the Archbishop of Canterbury.
The Sermon. Then the Bishop of Salisbury (nominated to the see of York) ascended the pulpit; and the King and Queen, arising, seated themselves again in their chairs on the south side of the area, where they heard the sermon, the King now putting on again his velvet cap of estate.
During the sermon, the two bishops, who supported the King, stood on each side of him : the lords who carried the swords bore them erect, near the King, on the right side; and the lord great chamberlain stood on the King's left hand.
On the east side of the Queen stood the two bishops who supe ported her, and the two great ladies near the chair; her chamberlain on her right hand, and her vice chamberlain on her Jeft.
The archbishop of Canterbury sat in a chair, on the north side of the altar, and the bishops on the benches on the north side of the area : and near the archbishop stood garter king of arms, with several of the King's servants, who attended to do service, also the serjéant and two yeomen of the vestry before mentioned, in-scarlet mantles: on the same side, near the pulpit, stood the Lord Mayor of London, and the master of the jewelhouse; and at the angles, or corners of the thrones, stood the four gentlemen-ushers daily waiters, richly habited.
On the south side, east of the King's chair, and nearer to the altar, stood the dean and prebendaries of Westminster; and near
them the commissioners of the great wardrobe, as also the yeo. men and grooms of bis Majesty's removing wardrobe, in their scarlet gowns, to place the chairs, faldstools, &c. as occasion re. quired; and King Edward's chair, in which his Majesty was crowned, was placed about the middle of the area before the altar.
In the lord great chamberlain's seat, being a large box on the south side of the area, between the great south east pillar of the theatre, and the next pillar eastward, were seated the princes and princesses of the Royal Family, and over them, in a large gallery between the said two pillars, ambassadors and foreign mi. nisters, and strangers of quality.
The Oath. Sermon being ended, the King uncovered his head, and the archbishop repaired to his Majesty, and asked him, “Sir, Are you willing to take the oath usually taken by your predecessors ?
And the King answered, “ I am willing."
Then the archbishop ministered these questions; to which the King (having a book in his hand) answered as followeth.
Archb. “Sir, will you grant and keep, and by your oath confirm to the people of England, the laws and customs to them granted, by the Kings of England, your lawful and religious predecessors; and namely, the laws, customs, and franchises granted to the clergy by the glorious St. Edward, your predecessor, according to the laws of God, the true profession of the gospel established in this kingdom, and agreeing to the prerogative of the kings thereof, and the ancient customs of this realm? King. " I grant and promise to keep them,"
Archb. "Sir, will you keep peace and godly agreement, en- • tirely according to your power, to the holy church, the clergy, and the people ?'
King. “ I will keep it.”
Archb. • Sir, will you grant to hold and keep the rightful customs which the commonality of this your kingdom have? And will you defend and uphold them, to the honour of God, so much as in you lyeth ?? King. “I grant and promise so to do."
Then the petition, or request of the bishops to the King, was read by one of that sacred order, with a clear voice, in the name of the rest standing by: 0 Lord and King, we beseech you to pardon us, and to grant and preserve unto us and the churches committed to our charge, all canonical privileges, and due law and justice, aud that you will protect and defend us, as every good king in his kingdom ought to be protector and defender of the bishops and churches under their government.'
The King answered, “With a willing and devout heart I promise and grant you my pardon, and that I will preserve and maintain to you and the churches committed to your charge, all canonical privileges, and due law and justice; and that I will be your protector and defender to my power, by the assistance of God, as every good king in his kingdom ought in right to protect and defend the bishops and churches under their goverument.”
Then the King rose from his chair, and, being attended by the lord great chamberlain, and supported by the two bishops, and the sword of state carried before him, went to the altar, and, laying his bands upon the Evangelists, took the oath following:
“The things, which I have here before promised I will perform and keep. So help me God, and the contents of this book;" and then he kissed the book.
The Anointing. This being done, the King went to his faldstool (which was placed towards the altar) and kneeled thereat; the Queen in the meantime came from her chair to her