Wellington died on 14 September 1852, aged 83, his body was then taken by train to London, where he was given a state funeral, one of only a handful of British subjects to be honoured in that way along with Lord Nelson and Winston Churchill and the last heraldic state funeral to be held in Britain. The funeral took place on 18 November 1852. At his funeral there was hardly any space to stand because of the number of people attending, and the effusive praise given him in Tennyson's "Ode on the Death of the Duke of Wellington" attests to his stature at the time of his death. He was buried in a sarcophagus in St Paul's Cathedral next to Lord Nelson.
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