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FRANCIS LANCELOTT, ESQ. Queens of England. Vol.1.

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FRANCIS LANCELOTT, ESQ.
Queens of England. Vol.1.
page 399



claret and red, all the afternoon. Tims the Queene with her company, and the maior, rode past Temple-bar, where stood divers singing men and children, till she came to Westminster-hall, which was richly hanged with cloth of arras, and newly glazed ; and in the middest of the hall she was taken out of her litter, and led up to the high dais under the cloth of estate, on whose left hand was a cupboard of ten stages high, marvellous rich and beautiful to behold. Shortly afterwards was brought to the Queene, with a solemn service, in great standing, spiceplates, a voide of spice and subtleties, with ipocrasse, and other wines, which slice sent down to her ladies, and when the ladies had drankc, she gave hearty thanks to the lordes and ladies, and to the maior, and others that bad given attendance on her, and then withdrew with a few ladies to Whitehall, and there shifted herself, after which she went in her barge secretly to the Kinge at his manor of Westminster, where she rested that night. u On the following day, being Whitsunday, the 1st of June, the maior, clad in crimson velvet, with his collar, and all the aldermen, and sheriff es in scarlet, and the counsell of the city, took their barge at the Crane at seven in the morning and came to Westminster, to give their attendance upon the Queenc : between eight and nine o'clock Anne came into the hall, and stood under the cloth of estate, and presently afterwards entered the monks of Westminster, in rich copes, and many bishops and abbots in copes and mitres ; then a ray cloth was spread through the hall, the palace and the sanctuary, to the high altar of Westminster ; after which the procession set forth as follows, first went Gentlemen, tbe Esquires, tbe Knights, the Aldermen of London, in clokes of scarlet over their gownes of scarlet. After them the Judges, in mantles of scarlet and coifes : then followed the Knights of the Bath, being no Lords, every man having a white lace on his left sleeve : then followed the Barons and Viscounts in robes of scarlet : after them came Earles, Marquesses, and Dukes, in robes of crimson velvet, furred with ermine, poudred according to their degrees ; after them came the Lord Chancellor in a robe of scarlet,open before, bordered withlettice; after him came the Kinge's chaypell, and the monks solemnly singing, then came Abbots and Bishops mitred, then Sergeants and Officers at Armes ; then the Maior of London with his mace, and Garter, in his coate of armes : then the Marques Dorset, bearing the Queen's scepter, and the Earl of Arundel, with the rod of ivorie, and the dove ; then the Earl of Oxford, high chamberlaine of England, bearing tbe crowne ; after him came the Duke of Suffolk, who for that day was high steward of England, with a white rod in his hand ; and the Lord William Howard, with the rod of the marshall-ship. " Then proceeded forth the Queene, in a robe of purple velvet, furred with ermine ; and over her was borne the canopye, by foure of the cinque portes all in crimson, with points of blew and red banging over their sleeves, and the Bishops of London and Winchester bare up the lappets of the Queene's robe: and her train, which was very long, was borne by the old Duchesse of Norfolk; after her followed Ladies, in circotes of scarlet, with narrow sleeves, the breast all lettice, with barres of poudres, according to their degrees, and over that they had mantles of scarlet, furred, and every mantle had lettice about the necke, like a neckerchiefe, likewise poudered, so that by their poudcrings, their degrees might be knowne. Then followed Knights' wives, in gownes of scarlet, with narrow sleeves without traînes, and only edged with lettice. When the Queen was thus brought to the high place erected in the middest of the church between the queere and the high altar, she was set in a riche chaire, and after she had rested awhile, shee descended to tho high altar, and there prostrated herself, while the Archbishop of Canterbury said certain collects over her. Then she rose, and the Archbishop anointed her on the head and on the breast : and shee was led up agayn to her chayre, where, after divers orisons, the Archbishop placed the crown of St. Edward on her head, and delivered to her the


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