'One cannot realize at all the possibility of his being no longer with us, or think of England without him.'
THE DUKE'S BODY lay embalmed at Walmer Castle where the Lord Warden's flag flew above the battlements at half-mast as muffled church bells tolled. Death masks were taken and, since the Duke's false teeth had been removed, the casts, made by the sculptor George Gammon Adams -- who came to the castle equipped with a camera lucida 1 -- give to the mouth a sadly sunken appearance. The dead man's hands were modelled -- it was said that Lord Clanwilliam had asked for the right hand itself -- the false teeth of walrus ivory were given to his daughter-in-law, Lady Douro, now Duchess of Wellington, who had been abroad at the time of her father-in-law's death; locks of hair were cut off for numerous friends and relations, so much hair, indeed, that a manservant had to apologize to one recipient for the small amount he was able to send, the demands from the family and other friends 'being so great'.*2
' Lord Douro, the present Duke, told me that Her Majesty was desirous for a piece of the poor Duke's hair,' Kendall wrote on sending a few strands to Windsor where the Queen was to have them enclosed in a gold bracelet. 'The last Hand laid on the Body was mine to cut off a Lock of Hair from the Head . . . The coffin was instantly soldered down, the poor Duke's remains never to be seen more.' 3
For two days in the second week of November hundreds of local people were admitted to Walmer Castle to file past the coffin before____________________