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Funeral of the Duke of Wellington

The Duke of Wellington died on 14 September 1852 at the age of 83. A national outpouring of grief greeted his death. At Queen Victoria's insistence he was given a state funeral on an unprecedented scale, with Parliament voting £100,000 to fund it.

After a lavish lying-in-state at Chelsea Hospital, on 18 November a vast procession watched by over a million people made its way from Horse Guards to St Paul's Cathedral. In this evocative lithograph, the massive funeral car is shown passing between Wellington's London home, Apsley House (on the left), and the Wellington Arch, which was later moved to stand at the top of Constitution Hill.