'Coronation Procession of His Majesty George the Fourth', 19 July 1821.
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Coloured etching by William Heath after his original drawing, showing the coronation procession on its way to Westminster Abbey in London with Charles Green's (1785-1870) balloon in the distance. George IV (1762-1830) was crowned King of England on 21 July 1821. The coronation was a lavish affair and the king's clothes alone cost £24,000. He wore a Spanish hat topped with Ostrich feathers and his velvet robes were complete with ermine trim and a 27 feet long train. His coronation crown was adorned with over 12,000 diamonds, including the Hope diamond. The procession to Westminster Abbey took place on a raised awning covered in blue cloth. Published 19 July 1823 by Richard Holmes Laurie of 53 Fleet Street, London.