|The funeral car that carried Vice Admiral Lord Viscount Nelson to St Pauls Cathedral, 9 January 1806. © NMM|
Nelson's funeral car
The following day, 9 January, the coffin was placed on an ornate funeral car.
It was designed to look like HMS Victory and hung with Nelson's trophies.
|The figurehead of Nelson's funeral carriage. © NMM|
A huge procession made up mainly of soldiers escorted the coffin.
The only naval people taking part were:
- Greenwich pensioners
- Nelson's fellow officers
- members of the Victory's crew.
A public spectacle
Vast numbers of people lined the streets to view the procession.
| Nelson's funeral procession through the streets. |
Stands were built and tickets sold for some of the best seats along the route.
The procession was so long that by the time the head of the column arrived at St Paul's Cathedral the funeral car had still not left Whitehall.
|The arrival of Nelson's funeral carriage for interment at St Paul's Cathedral. |
Arrival at St Paul's
It was getting dark as Nelson's body arrived at the cathedral.
A special lantern, mounted with 130 individual lamps, was suspended inside the dome.