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The state funeral of Lord Nelson, 5-9 January 1806

The death of Nelson
Bringing Nelson home
The lying in state
River procession
Street procession
Funeral service
Nelson's tomb
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The lying in state

Remains of Lord Viscount Nelson, laying in state in the Painted Chamber, at Greenwich Hospital
View full size imageNelson's body lying in state at Greenwich Hospital. © NMM

Greenwich viewing

From 5 January to 7 January 1806, Nelson's coffin lay in state in the Painted Hall at the Greenwich Hospital.

This is the famous institution for sick and wounded sailors on the bank of the River Thames.

Shields and trophies

Black hangings covered the vivid wall paintings. Brightly coloured shields and coats of arms gleamed in the glow from hundreds of candles.

The coffin was surrounded with trophies, including captured French and Spanish flags.

Remains of Lord Viscount Nelson laying in state in the Painted Chamber at Greenwich Hospital.
View full size imageThe remains of Lord Nelson lying in state in the Painted Chamber at Greenwich Hospital. © NMM

First mourners

The first mourner was the Princess of Wales, who paid a private visit.

Then the doors were thrown open and large crowds of people pressed in to see the spectacle.

There were so many people that the authorities feared there might be a riot.


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