The Duchess of Berry and the Court of Charles X eBook

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The royal insignia have been placed upon the table which is served by the great officers and the officers of the household.  The marshals of France stand before the sovereign ready to resume the insignia.  Around about are five other tables, where are placed the members of the diplomatic corps, the peers of France, the deputies, the cardinals, archbishops, and bishops.  The royal banquet lasts half an hour to the sound of military music.  In the evening the city of Rheims is everywhere illuminated.



After his coronation Charles X. remained at Rheims during the 30th and 3lst of May.  On the 30th the ceremony of the Order of the Holy Spirit was celebrated in the Cathedral.  The interior presented the same aspect as the day before.  At 1 P.M. the order passed in procession through the covered gallery as follows:  the usher, the herald, Marquis d’Aguessau, Grand Master of Ceremonies of the order, having at his right the Count Deseze, Commander Grand Treasurer, at his left Marquis de Villedeuil, Commander Secretary, the Chancellor, two columns of Knights of the Holy Spirit.  In the right hand column, the Viscount of Chateaubriand, the Duke of San-Carlos, the Prince of Castelcicala, the Viscount Laine, the Marquis of Caraman, the Marquis Dessole, Marshal Marquis of Viomesnil, the Duke d’Avaray, the Marshal Duke of Ragusa, the Marshal Duke of Taranto, the Marshal Duke of Conegliano, the Duke of LEvis, the Duke of Duras, the Duke d’Aumont, the Duke of Luxembourg, the Prince of Hohenlohe, the Duke de La Vauguyon.  In the left column, the Marquis of Talaru, the Duke of Doudeauville, the Count of Villele, the Marshal Marquis of Lauriston, the Count Charles de Damas, the Baron Pasquier, the Duke of Blacas d’Aulps, the Marquis of Riviere, the Marshal Duke of Reggio, the Duke of Dalberg, the Prince de Poix, the Duke de Gramont, Prince Talleyrand, the Duke de La Rochefoucauld.  Then came the Dauphin, the Duke of Orleans, the Duke of Bourbon, the King.

The vestments of the monarch, of a silver stuff, were covered by a mantle of the order in black velvet, lined with green silk stitched with gold.  His headdress was also in black velvet, surmounted by an aigrette of heron plumes.  The knights of the order had their mantles with the Holy Spirit in silver spangles on the shoulder; the grand collar, the facings of their mantles, caught up in front, were of green velvet sown with gold flames.  They made their entry into the Cathedral in two columns, which deployed on either side of the altar.  The King, who followed them, seated himself on a throne in the choir and they arranged themselves in their stalls to the right and left.  The princesses occupied the same gallery as the day before.  The clergy chanted the vespers.  Then the two columns formed in a double rank and the ceremony commenced.  There was a long series of obeisances.  The King made twenty himself, eleven before vespers, nine after.  The reception began with the ecclesiastical commanders and the laymen came afterwards.

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