The coronation of Queen Victoria in 1838 was eighteen years on from the most extravagant coronation ever staged and seven from the cheapest. Some £240,000 had been lavished on that of George IV. His brother, William IV's, in sharp contrast, cost a mere £30,000. It was, however, to be the latter that formed the template for that of his niece. Victoria's coronation represented a compromise between the two extremes, costing £79,000.