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GEORGE I (1660-1727). King of Great Britian and Ireland. Elector of Hanover.
The printed Ceremonial for the Reception of His Most Sacred Majesty GEORGE by the Grace of God King of Great Britain, etc., 2 sides folio, 1714.

The arrival in England of the first Hanoverian king was accomplished amongst great ceremonial, much of which is detailed in this document, printed by John Nutt in the Savoy and priced at two pence.
'... The King being arrived at Greenwich, and the Day fixed for His MAJESTY'S ROYAutograph Letter ENTRY, Publick Notice thereof is to be given by the LORD MARSHAutograph Letter of the Times and Place, where the Nobility, the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Citizens of London, etc. are to meet, in order to attend his MAJESTY ... IN THE FOLLOWING Order, viz. Four of the Knight Marshal's Men on Horseback / Coaches of Esquires with Six Horses each. / Coaches of Knights Bachelors... etc.
The final paragraph begins:
'During the whole Proceeding from Street Margaret's-Hill, the Conduits at Stocks-Market, and other Parts of the City, are to run with Wine as usual. And the great Guns at the Tower are to be twice discharged ...'
This crowd-pleasing convention was a regular feature of royal and other ceremonial events, and is described by Shakespeare in 2 Henry VI: 'Now is Mortimer lord of this city. And, here sitting upon London Stone, I charge and command that, of the city's cost, the Pissing Conduit run nothing but claret wine this first year of our reign'.
[No: 26463]


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