The state funeral of Lord Nelson, 5-9 January 1806
|The lying in state|
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.
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.