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FUNERAL OF His Royal HIGHNESS D. O'Brien, Esq., &c. &c. The carTHE DUKE OF KENT.

riages which carried the gentlemen

and tradesmen of Sidmouth, who had The body of his Royal Highness received an appointment from his Royal lay in state for a short time at Wool- Highness, followed his remains to a brook-cottage, Sidmouth, previous to mile beyond the town of Honiton. its final removal from a scene which, During that day the cathedral and but a few days before, was distinguish- parochial bells of Exeter tolled for ed by all the smiling joys of domestic one hour, and most of the shops in bliss and social happiness. This cere- the city were closely shut till 12. mony took place on Sunday se’nnight, Upon the arrival of the procession at in a spacious room, which was hung Bridport, the remains of his Royal with black cloth, and lighted with 30 Highness were placed in the church wax candles. The coffin and urn were there, under a military guard, during raised upon trestles, and covered with the night of Monday. a rich velvet pall, turned up at each On the following morning, at ten end to show the splendid materials of o'clock, the procession moved in the which they were composed.

same order, halting on Tuesday, the At the head of the coffin was raised 8th, at Blanford ; on Wednesday, the a superb plume of feathers, and three 9th, at Salisbury; and on Thursday, smaller plumes were placed on each the 10th, at Basingstoke ; the same side ; on the right and left of it were arrangement being observed for plathree large wax tapers, in solid silvercing the remains of his late Royal candlesticks, standing nearly five feet Highness, each night, as at Bridport. high. The number

of persons who As the mournful procession passed were admitted to this solemn spectacle through the cities and towns on the was immense for a country town. The road, the bells of the churches tolled, company

entered at one door, and, ha- and the shops were closed. The esving walked round the Royal remains, cort was occasionally formed by the made their egress by another. The yeomanry cavalry of the respective greatest order and regularity prevail-districts; and in several towns the ed.

local authorities received and joined On Monday the procession towards the cavalcade. Windsor commenced, attended by an On Friday it moved on in the same immense concourse of spectators from order to Cumberland-lodge, which is the surrounding country, who sincere. situated in the Great Park, on the ly lamented the early loss of one to south side of Windsor, and arrived whose future residence among them there at six o'clock in the evening. they had looked with the most plea- From 12 o'clock on Saturday mornsing anticipations.

ing untilits ultimate removalin the even. Nearly 30 carriages of the nobility ing, the body of his late Royal Highand gentry of the neighbourhood at- ness lay in state, and was visited by many tended the procession about 3 miles persons, who proceeded to the Lodge, out of town. Among them were those notwithstanding the distance was upof the Right Hon.

Lord Rolle, the wards of three miles from Windsor. Right Hon. Lord Graves, Sir J. Ken- The spectators entered at the great naway, Bart., Sir Joseph Scott, Bart., hall, from whence they proceeded to Sir Edward Stracey, Bart., Edward the drawing-room, a spacious apartLee, Esq., Henry Stewart, Esq., Tho- ment, hung with black draperies, and mas Dashwood, Esq., Mr Phillipps, lighted with wax tapers, fixed in silver

sconces on the walls. The body was be deposited, was placed

on the moveplaced under a canopy, ornamented able car, invented by Sir W. Congreve, with escutcheons ; and over the coffin, for the Queen's funeral. It was then which was covered with crimson vel- propelled by mechanical power to the vet, was a pall, also adorned with them. platform, from which, by impercepOn each side of the body four large tible machinery, it was afterwards let wax lights were burning in massive down into the tomb. This contrisilver candlesticks. At the head of vance was invented to alleviate the la. the coffin sat two gentlemen of his bour of the bearers, which on former late Royal Highness's household. The occasions had been found almost inspectators passed round the coffin, and supportable. then retired.

The Duke of York, as chief mourn. At 7 o'clock the several depart. er, sat at the head of the corpse, his ments of the procession, as it was to supporters on either side, and the bear. move from Cumberland-lodge, assem- ers of the canopy. The Rev. Dean bled on the lawn in front of that edi- then went through the ordinary ser. fice, where they were marshalled in vice for the dead; the responses being proper order. About half past nine made by the choir. During the pero o'clock the Duke of York, and

the formance of that part which begins Dukes of Clarence, Sussex, and Glo- with, “ Man that is born of woman," cester, together with his Royal High- the coffin was gradually lowered; and ness Prince Leopold, who had arrived at the pronouncing of the words, at the Dean's house about 8 o'clock, “ Earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust put on their mourning robes, and went to dust," a small quantity of conseto the Chapter-house to meet the pro- crated earth was dropped upon the cession from Cumberland-lodge. Here lid. The closing part of the solema it underwent a second arrangement, ritual was then read, and the style and and the

arrangement then fixed upon titles of the lamented Prince were prowas the arrangement observed in the claimed in the usual form by Sir Isaac chapel.

Heard, who has now arrived at the Upon its arrival in that place, the venerable age of 90, in a clear and disdrums and trumpets of the Royal tinct voice as follows : household, the Knight-marshal's men, “ Thus it hath pleased Almighty and the servants and grooms of the God to take out of this transitory life, Royal Family, filed off without the unto his divine mercy, the most high, door.

most mighty, and illustrious Prince Ed. At the entrance of the chapel the ward, Duke of Kent and Strathern, Dean and Canons, attended by the Earl of Dublin, Knight of the most choir, received the body.

noble Order of the Garter, Knight An awful silence pervaded the spec. Grand Cross of the most honourable tators in the chapel as the solemn ser. military Order of the Bath, and Knight vice commenced with the Dean of of the most illustrious Order of St Pa. Windsor's distinct and impressive de. trick, fourth son of his late most salivery of the opening verses of the cred Majesty King George III., of burial service, which occupied him un- blessed memory, and third brother of til he reached his stall. The proces- the most high, most mighty, and most sion then separated to the right and excellent Monarch, George IV., by left, and the coffin, which was of such the grace of God

of the United Kinga size as not to allow its passing with. dom of Great Britain and Ireland out some difficulty through the open. King, Defender of the Faith, King ing of the vault into which it was to of Hanover, and Duke of Brunswick


and Lunenburg, whom God bless and amid the affectionate attachment of a preserve with health, long life, honour, free people. The association of these and all worldly happiness."

feelings could not fail to arouse the Throughout the awful ceremony, acute sensibility of their Royal High. all eyes were turned upon their Royal nesses, under a combination of circum. Highnesses the Dukes of York, Cla. stances at once so melancholy and disrence, Sussex, and Prince Leopold, tressing. whose feelings it is almost impossible

FUNERAL OF HIS LATE MAJESTY. to describe. His Royal Highness the Duke of Sussex, so long the intimate

Heralds'-College, Feb 10. companion and resident under the same “ All Peers, Bishops, eldest Sons of roof at Kensington-palace with his la- Peers, and Privy Councillors, who mented brother, in vain rallied his propose to assist at the interment of firmness to support him under this try. his late Most Sacred Majesty King ing affliction. Their congenial feelings, George the Third, of blessed memory, the reciprocity of their active and be. which is appointed to be solemnized nevolent pursuits, rushed upon his in the Royal Chapel of George, at mind; the sudden rupture of their Windsor, on Wednesday evening next, earthly connexion, under circumstances the 15th instant, are requested to sigso peculiarly calculated to awaken the nify their intention by letter, addressmost poignant grief, called forth all ed to me at this College, on or before those sensations

which only the good Monday next the 14th instant, at 2 can feel, and his Royal Highness gave o'clock, in order that the necessary vent to his feelings in unrestrained and ticket of admission may be transmitoverwhelming anguish. The grief of ted to them respectively. Prince Leopold was manifested in a “ All Peers, eldest Sons of Peers, and calmer but not less

expressive manner. Privy Councillors, are to appear in His Royal Highness appeared sunk full dress, black; the Knights of the in abstract contemplation. He now several Orders wearing their respecmourned for the husband of his sister tive Collars ; and the Bishops will apwhen last in this chapel he wept pear in their Rochets. over the bier of his wife, the beloved « HENRY HOWARD MOLYNEUX and lamented daughter of England.

“ HOWARD, The Dukes of York and Clarence

“Deputy Earl Marshal.” seemed equally to feel the bitter se- We have now to describe the cereparation to which they were doomed monial of lying in state, which specfrom the object of their fraternal af. tators are admitted to see from ten fection. This melancholy scene was this morning till four in the afternoon. rendered still more poignant to them Numbers assembled early, at Queen by the sad impression, that mournful Elizabeth's Gate, leading to the Upas it was, it was but the prelude of per Castle-yard, on the north side of the more formal, though equally la- which are the state apartments, wheremented burial of a parent, who had in the royal corpse lay. The crowd endeared himself throughout a long increased from some unforeseen delay reign, by the exercise of the most last- in the arrangements, so that there was ing virtues. Three days will not elapse no admission till eleven, when the gates before these illustrious mourners will were opened. An unpleasant confu. have to stand on the same spot, tosion naturally ensued for awhile. A take a last view of the remains of a guard of honour was drawn up on the beloved parent, sinking into his tomb lawn in the Upper Castle-yard. But




the police officers in attendance direct. ture of Handel is placed, were cover. ed the public to take a diagonal path ed with black. from the outer gate to that in the At the head of the coffin sat Lord the north-east angle, which leads to Graves (one of the Lords in Waiting), the kitchen and buttery offices. At as chief mourner; he was supported this gate a guard was placed, who by Sir George Campbell and Colonel admitted a few at a time, to prevent Wotley. At the end of two hours confusion. They were assisted by Lord Graves was relieved by Lord Knight Marshals' men in black scarves, Delawarr, and the two supporters by

The company ascended by a by Colonel King and the Hon Canarrow old spiral staircase, leading to vendish Bradshaw. an old apartment opening into St At the foot of the coffin were plaGeorge's-hall, through which specta. ced two heralds, Francis Martin, Esq., tors passed into the Great Guard Windsor; Joseph Hawker, Esq., Rich. Chamber facing the Terrace, by a mond. These gentlemen were attired passage enclosed by a rail covered with in their official costume, and were likeblack, and were directed by some of wise relieved occasionally by two other the Life Guards. Thence they pro- Heralds, Edmund Lodge, Esq. Lanceeded on the left through the Au. caster ; George Martin Leake, Esq. dience Chamber into the Presence Chester. In other parts of the chamChamber. These apartments, and the ber, and within the railing by which drawing-room, were lined, ceiling and the royal coffin was separated from the walls, with dark purple cloth, partly public, were four of the late King's disposed in folds, or festooned. The Gentlemen Ushers, four Pages, two Audience Chamber was lighted with Grooms of the great Bed-chamber 20 double branches on silvered es- (Messrs Chalmers and Seymour) tocutcheons; the floor was partly railed gether with ten Gentlemen Pensionoff, covered with black, within which ers, all clad in deep mourning, and was a party of the yeoman in deep wearing silk scarves. mourning.

'The Presence Chamber was lighted At half past five o'clock, a strong by twenty silver sconces, each contain. body of cavalry, composed of detaching two wax lights. On the left, a ments from the 1st and 2d Lifenumber of the yeomen of the Guards, Guards and the Oxford Blues, formdressed in deep mourning, their bal- ed two lines, extending from the enberts hung with black crape, were trance to the lower court, down Castledrawn up in a line. You now enter- street, and for a considerable distance ed the Audience Chamber, which was up High-street and Park-street. The that in which the remains of our ve- space in the centre of the two lines verable Sovereign were placed. Here was kept clear for the convenience of a mournful splendour was thrown over those who had tickets of admission to the scene by a profusion of wax lights the lower court. Some confusion arose displayed in rows on each side, and at while the cavalry were taking their the end of the room. A temporary position, and the feet of one or two throne was erected, richly hung with individuals suffered from the trampling black cloth, under which the coffin of the horses. But, on the whole, as was placed on a platform. Captain much order and regularity were preCipriani attended in close waiting served as could possibly be expected The throne, steps, and footstool, un- under the peculiar circumstances of der the organ gallery, where the pic- the case, when an immense concourse


of people was rushing forward to ob- mounted by a crown and cushion. tain admittance to the lower court, The cornice was formed of a richly through which the funeral procession gilt Gothic scroll, from which dependwas to pass to St George's Chapel. ed festoons, each charged with a royal On the terrace, to the right of the en- escutcheon. This kind of canopied trance into the court, a large detach- temple, or baldaquin, had a very imment of the Life Guards and Oxford posing effect. Blues were stationed. They after- The ordinary lights of the Chapel wards formed a line within a few feet being insufficient to render the cereof the platform, and thus protected mony distinct, the number of candles from excessive pressure those persons was increased ; branches were affixed who were fortunate enough to procure to every Knight's stall and around the stations immediately adjoining to that altar, and three large brass chandeliers temporary erection. At six o'clock

were suspended from the ceiling, cach orders were given to admit those who containing an immense number of wax had procured tickets from the Groom lights. This had the desired effect, of the Stole, and a furious rush im- and the effulgence was sufficient to mediately took place. Sufficient pre- enlighten every part of the building. cautions had, however, been taken to Additional seats were raised on each prevent any person forcing his way side of the altar for the foreign mi. without the necessary credential. Those nisters, and for those illustrious indiwho came to see the procession at first viduals who attended the funeral. Belounged up and down the Castle.yard, sides this, the Organ-loft, which conas if uncertain as to the point from tained 94 persons, was prepared for which it could be seen to the best ad. the reception of people of distinction. vantage; but, at last, the necessity of These were the only places allotted settling in some one fixed point or for spectators; consequently the num. other, became apparent to them, and bers admitted to witness the funeral in many cases they fixed upon the very service were extremely limited. Such worst points of view which could have was the demand for tickets, that we possibly been selected. The platform have heard of even fifty guineas having was similar to that erected on the oc- been offered for one to the aisle, withcasion of the funeral of the late Queen, out success. The Choir was prepaand extended down the south aisle to red with a magnificence far exceeding the west-gate, and up the nave to the what had been witnessed at the late choir. It was covered entirely with Royal funerals. black cloth, with a railing on each Soon after 8 o'clock the 3d regiside of about three feet in height, also ment of Guards, in white gaiters, were covered with black. Immediately with marched on that portion of the platout this railing a space was left for the form which joined the Gothic porch, soldiery, by whom it was afterwards from whence the funeral procession lined, and for the Eton boys, who were was to issue, without the south door permitted to be present, to the num- of St George's Chapel. Some diffiber of near a hundred. In the north culty was encountered in marshalling aisle, benches were erected in a gradual them, and a considerable delay was the ascent to a considerable height, for the consequence. They were ultimately accommodation of those who had re- formed in two lines, one on each side ceived tickets, who formed part of the of the platform. They rested on their procession. Over the descent to the reversed arms. Many of them carried Royal cemetery, a magnificent canopy flambeaux, but the lights were not disof purple velvet was erected, sur. tributed with any degree of regularity.

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