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At Temple Bar

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The lord mayor and the city officials, m horseback, arrived ten minutes before the queen was due, and very striking were their appearance. Sir FaudelPhillips wore the earl's rcbe to whlch lord mayors are entitled when crowned heads visit the city- a cloak of ruby silk, velvet lined, with white silk and edges with ermine. Sheriffs Ritchie and Hogers wore the sheriff's velvet court dress, scarlet gowns and chains. The "Verye Goodbye sword," known as "Queen Elizabeth's pearl sword," presented to the Corporation by the maiden queen at the opening cf a royal exchange, A. D. 1570, was carried by the lord mayor. The sword is three feet eleven inches long with a fine Damascus blade. On the arrival of the queen the lord mayor uncovered. Approaching the carriage of her majesty his lordship, with all due obeisance, presented the hilt of the city's pearl sword, which was undrawn. This was the ancient ceremony of öutiful submission. The queen Iightly touched it, thus returning it to the lord mayor ir. token that his submission was gracious-ly accepted by his sovereign. Her majesty then commanded the lord mayor and sheriffs to proceed and the procession moved towards St. Paul's amid roars of cheers that seemed in the narYow streets to be echoed and re-echced. Arrival at St. Paui's. The great bells of St. Paui's broke out in happy chorus as the queen's carriage started from Temple Bar and only ceased as her majesty's carriage stopped in front of the steps cf the city eathedral. The ecelesiastics who had issued from the great west door as the queen approached standing beside the improvised altar now began the simple service. A Te Deum by Dr. Martin, organist of St. Paul's, componed for the occasion, was sung. As the sonorous "Amen" died away the sweet voices of the cathedral clergy were heard chanting "O Lord Save the Queen," to which the great choir, in a wondrous volume of harmonious sound, "And Mercifully Hear Us When We Cali Upon Thee." The bishop of London, in full canonicals, then read a short Collect, after which, as her majesty sat with bowed head, the archbishop of Canterbury announced the benediction. Then, amidst the further ringing of bells, the nationalanthem was sung and the queen drove on into other scènes, and then to Buckingham palace, where she arrived at 1:30 p. m. It was the greatest day London had ever seen.


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