The death of Louis XIV. was announced by the captain of the bodyguard from a window of the state apartment. Raising his truncheon above his head, he broke it in the centre, and throwing the pieces among the crowd, exclaimed in a loud voice, Le Roi est mort! Then seizing another staff, he flourished it in the air as he shouted, Vive le Roi!Pardoe: Life of Louis XIV., vol. iii. p. 457.