September 8, 1715
Louis XIV’s coffin is brought from his apartments to the Marble Court of Versailles. At precisely seven o’clock in the evening the royal hearse leaves the château for Saint-Denis, the traditional burial-place of the French Kings. The Sun King will join his wife and legitimate children there, as well as his brother, and his first wife, their mother and father.
The royal hearse, a chariot draped in black velvet, is accompanied by the carriages of the Royal family and members of the church, the Ministers, officers and nobles, all flanked by guards, and all together about a thousand people.
It takes ten hours for the procession to reach the Cathédrale de Saint-Denis