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Ground plan of part of the City of Westminster as it appeared at the coronation of King George III, 1761. From Roque's scarce plan of London

Ground plan of part of the City of Westminster as it appeared at the coronation of King George III, 1761. From Roque's scarce plan of London

Publisher: Major, John

Medium: Engraving

Date: 1820

Shelfmark: Maps Crace Port. 11.39.(3)

Item number: 39.(3)

Length: 229

Width: 267

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Plan

Map scale description: Scale not given

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This is a proof plan details the procession platform, covered in blue cloth, that led from Westminster Hall to the Abbey and the Coronation Theatre within the Abbey. With 60 years as king, George III had the second longest reign in British history. He was third Hanoverian monarch, but the first to be born in England and use English as his first language. His reign was curtailed by bouts of mental instability, blamed by many contemporary commentators on the strain of the American conflict, but more likely caused by the hereditary physical disorder porphyria. He was a cultured monarch who donated to the nation a collection of books as the nucleus of a national library, now held in the King's Tower in the British Library.

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