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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 531



train, and dressed in a splendid robe brocaded in gold, with a long trainbor dercd with diamonds and pearls, and in scarlet shoes, a coif ornamented with large diamonds, and a black velvet scarf, walked in procession from the palace to the cathedral; Margaret Douglas and Sir John Gage bore her train. In the choir she met the bridegroom, who was attended hy sixty Spanish grandees, and wore a robe of rich brocade, white satin hose, and the insignia of the Order of the Garter and of the Golden Fleece. Immediately before the ceremony, Figucrva, an imperial councillor, stepped forward and said, " That the Emperor Charles the Filth, thinking it beneath the dignity of the Queen of England to marry one who was not a King, had resigned to his son the kingdom of Naples with the Duchy of Milan." He then, after a short pause, exclaimed aloud, "I f any of you know of any impediment between the contracting parties, now is the time to state it." As no one chose to oppose the marriage, after a silence of several minutes' duration, it was proceeded with, and the Marquis of Winchester, and the Earls of Derby, Bedford, and Pembroke, gave away the bride in the name of the nation at large. After mass, Philip and Maryproceeded from the church to the bishop's palace, walking hand in hand under a canopy, the Queen on the right and Philip on the left, with two naked swords carried before him. The bridal banquet took place in the hall of the episcopal palace. Mary and her spouse sat on a stately dais under one canopy ; only Bishop Gardiner dined at the royal table, on the side of which, and in full view, was placed a cupboard of nine stages, containing for show ninety-six superb vases and dishes of gold and silver ; a band în a gallery opposite regaled the company at intervals with joyous music ; between the courses congratulatory addresses wore delivered and epithalamiums recited. At six in the evening the pleasures of the table were followed by the delights of the dance ; but the Queen being no advocate for late hours, she and her royal lord retired from the ball at nine, when the festivity of the day terminated. The next day, the Spanish fleet, after landing eighty splendid genets for Philip's use, sailed i'roin Eugland with his retinue of foreigners. From Winchester the rovai pair proceeded by slow stages to London. On the fifth of August they held a festival of the Order of the Garter at Windsor. On the ninth they removed to Kicbmond, and on the twenty-seventh they made a pompous voyage down the Thames to Southwark, landed at Gardiner's Palace, and passed on to Suffolk Place, where they tarried for the night. The day following, they rode through Southwark and over London Bridge into the city, where they were received with pageants and rejoicing;* the cross in Oheapside was regilded, and "as they passed through St. Paul's Church-yard, a man came sliding, as it were flying upon a rope, from St. Paul's steeple down to the Dean's wall." King Philip much pleased the wealth-loving Londoners, who had long suffered from the evils of a depreciated currency, by bringing over with him ninety-seven chests, each chest being three feet four inches long, full of silver bullion, which was piled on twenty carts, carried to the Tower, and coined. Whilst Mary was holding court at Whitehall, the Duke of Norfolk died; and as she sincerely respected him, she broke up the festivities, dismissed the nobles and gentry who had assembled to do honour to her marriage, ordered the court to go into mourning, and proceeding to Hampton Court, passed some time with her husband in deep seclusion. No English lord remained at Court but Gardiner, and although it had been the custom for the gates of the palace where the Sovereign resided to be kept open the day through, that anyone who chose might enter, the hall doors were now continually shut, so that no man * "Such," says Fox, " was the fulsome desire to gratify the prince, that in one place were some verses describing the five worthies of the world, namely—Philip of Macedon, Philip the Emperor, Philip the Bold, Philip the Good, and 1'kilip Prince of Spain and King of England. In another place he was saluted by a.n image representing Orpheus, and the English people likened to savage beasts, following after Orpheus'd harp, and dancing after K-ing Philipp pipe."


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