Lord Pauncefote to Mr. Hay.

No. 74.]

Sir: With reference to my note No. 8, of January 13 last, I have the honor to inform you that on the occasion of the King’s coronation it would be pleasing to His Majesty to receive as his guest a representative of the United States of America to attend the ceremony, and that I have therefore been directed by the King’s command to inquire of you whether it would be convenient and agreeable to the President of the United States to be represented on the occasion; and if so, whom he would propose to designate for the purpose, in order that the pleasure of my august sovereign may be taken in regard to the arrangements to be made for his reception.

I have the honor to inclose herewith the order of precedence which will be observed at the King’s coronation.

I have, etc.,


Precedence at the coronation of the King.

Heirs to great powers (in order of consanguinity to their own sovereigns).
Princes representing sovereigns of great powers (also in order of consanguinity).
Heirs to kingdoms—other powers (in order of date of kingdoms).
Grand dukes being sovereigns.
Younger sons of kings.
Royal princes not sons of kings.
Heirs to reigning grand dukes and dukes.
Ambassadors, papal envoy, etc.