A Description of the Funeral for Princess Amelia

Princess Amelia was born on 7 August 1783, at the Royal Lodge, Windsor, the youngest daughter of George III and Queen Charlotte, and the youngest of their fifteen children. She is reputed to have been her father's favourite, and he called her "Emily." As the daughter of the monarch, she was styled HRH The Princess Amelia from birth. She became ill in 1795, and was known to suffer from consumption, from which she eventually died, and erysipelas, a painful type of skin infection. Her eldest brother, later George IV, was her godfather and is reputed to have requested her death mask. Amelia and her sisters, Charlotte, Augusta Sophia, Elizabeth, Mary and Sophia were over-protected and isolated, which restricted their meeting eligible suitors of their own age. Amelia fell in love with Hon. Sir Charles FitzRoy, an equerry 21 years older than herself, and the son of Charles FitzRoy, 1st Baron Southampton, but was forbidden to marry him by her mother Queen Charlotte. There is conflicting evidence as to whether or not the two did marry, but they did have one son, Hugh Huntly (d. 1829) Her death on November 2, 1810, led to a decline in her father's health which resulted in his insanity and the subsequent invocation of the Regency Act of 1811. She was buried in the royal vault in St George's Chapel, Windsor. While most funerals during the Regency were quiet affairs with only the male members of the family attending, a Royal Funeral called for special treatment. A Description of the Funeral for Princess Amelia The Lady's Magazine, or Entertaining Companion for the Fair Sex, Appropriated solely to their Use and Amusement, November 1810 During the service, which was read by the Honorable and Rev. the Dean of Windsor, his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, and his Royal brothers, as well as the Knights of the Garter present, occupied their respective stalls. The Nobility, Privy Councillors, and officers of the household, as well as others who had followed the body, were plasced in the vacant and intermediate stalls. The Ladies' attendants were in the seat below the stalls on the north side nearest the Altar; the Grooms of the bed-chamber, Physicians, Rector and Curate of Windsor, Surgeon, Apothecary, and Solicitor of her late Royal Highness, in the seat below the stalls on the south side, nearest the Altar; the equerries, and the Queen's and Princesses' other attendants, in the front seats on either side; the pages were arranged below the Altar. The part of the service before the interment, and the anthem, being performed, the procession moved out of the choir in the order in which it had entered, and proceeed up the north aisle of the choir, flanked by the Royal Horse Guards, blue, to the place of burial behind the Altar. The body being deposited in the vault, and the service concluded, Sir Isaac Heard Garter, after a short pause, pronounced, near the grave, the style of her late Royal Highness, as follows:-- Thus it hath pleased Almighty God, to take out of this transitory life unto his Divine Mercy the late most Illustrious Princess Amelia, 6th and youngest daughter fo Most Excellent Majesty George the Third, by the Grace of god, of the United Kingdom of Great-Britain and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith; whom God bless and preserve with long Life, Health, and Honor, and all worldly happiness. After which, the Royal Princes, the nobility, and others, who had composed the procession, returned, having witnessed that every part of this mournful and afflicting ceremony had been conducted with great regularity, decorum, and solemnity. Figure 1. FULL DRESS.--Black velvet, ornamented with jet and bugles, trimmed round the bosom with Vandyke lace; the sleeves confined on the shoulders by jet broaches, the under sleeve of white satin, with bugles; the waistband and head-dress the same: white kid gloves and shoes: fan of black crape. Figure 2. Morning Dress--Of raven-grey silk, made tight at the throat, with white crape ruff: bonnet, black silk and crape: black silk mantle; shoes and gloves same color as the dress: broach and ear- rings of jet. Historical information from Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia> Historical prints and descriptions from Cathy Decker's Regency Fashion Page. Enjoyed this article? Browse our book shop at janeaustengiftshop.co.uk

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