On this day, May 2nd, 1816, one hundred and ninety-five years ago, HRH Princess Charlotte, the Prince Regent’s daughter, married Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg. After revisiting some primary historical sources, I have discovered the rather surprising conclusion that Kate and Wills have much in common with the most popular royal couple from the Regency era.
Of course, we can be reasonably sure of at least two major differences. I refer to them below using my favorite scenes from Monty Python for purposes of illustration only.
1) We know that the heir-presumptive will not have to undergo the rigors of childbirth at the hands of nineteenth century obstetrics. But if he should want to, please see I want to be a woman at :22.
2) Kate won’t have to become King of the Belgians. You see, they’ve already got one! See the French taunting King Arthur at 1:22. Well, some Belgians do speak French.
Sorry, sorry! I just get carried away.
In the coming weeks some curious connections and common paths between the Regency and modern royal wedding will be presented. Courtship, houses, dresses, manners and other momentous concerns will be examined. With the help of some characters from my Notorious series.
Will you join me?