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Coronation Procession of Charles II

This is a ‘circumstantial account' of Charles II' s 1661 coronation, published in 1820. The Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, John Ayton, is pictured alongside the Lord Mayor of London and the Lord Great Chamberlain. They are part of a great procession that included the King and Queen, the King's herb woman, and the gentleman and lady of the bedchamber, as well as various Dukes and Viscounts. Charles II was the last sovereign to make the traditional procession from the Tower of London to Westminster Abbey the day before the coronation.