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St. Edward's Chair, in which the Monarchs of England are inaugurated.
OBSERVED IN THE
KINGS & QUEENS OF ENGLAND.
T ARLY in the morning of the day appointed for the coronation,
y the Lord Great Chamberlain of England repairs to the King, and with the assistance of the Lord Chamberlain of the Housebold puts on his Majesty's shirt, opened for the anointing, as also hi breeches and stockings of crimson silk, and the sattin surcoa'
opened likewise for anointing, and the other upper apparel fit fi the season.
Whereupon his Majesty, having performed his devotions, and being attended with several noblemen and officers, is invested with the surcoat of crimson velvet : and after some time, with his royal robe or mantle, of crimson velvet, turned up with ermine.
The Queen, in the mean time, having performed her devotions also, and been fully attired, and apparelled in the royal robes of purple velvet, furred with ermine, by the ladies of her bed-chamber, assisted by her women, and on her head a cap of purple velvet turned up with ermine, with a circlet of gold, richly adorned with precious stones, repairs to the Court of Wards, where she reposes herself, whilst the proceedings are set in order in the Hall, being attended by the ladies of the bed chamber, her Lord Chamberlain, &c.
The peers, about eight in the morning, pursuant to his Majesty's orders, published by the Earl Marshal, repair to Westminster, either by water or in chairs, (no coaches being permitted to pass through the adjacent street,) and assemble in the House of Lords, and there put on their robes, and take their coronets in their hands. And the peeresses coming in their chairs to the great north door of Westminster-hall, pass up the said hall, and through the Court of Requests, and assemble in the Painted Chamber, in pursuance of the said orders, all ready dressed and robed, and with their coronets in their hands.
The archbishops and bishops, assemble about the same time, and vest themselves in their rochets, in the House of Lords, and chạmbers adjacent.
The judges, and others of the long robe, together with the gentlemen of the privy chamber, esquires of the body, serjeants at