Holland, Order of funeral


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Philip Holland, attrib.
Herald's book of precedence, ca.1605

The order for the procession at Queen Elizabeth's funeral is recorded in this herald's manuscript handbook, along with a drawing of the coffin.

On top of the coffin rested a replica "of her majesty's whole body in her parliament robes with a crown on her head, and a scepter in her hand." This figure lay on top of the purple-velvet-covered coffin, "borne in a Chariot drawn by four Horses Trapt in black velvet."

Behind the coffin, the earl of Worcester, Master of the Horse, led a riderless palfrey.

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