GREAT BRITAIN: Queen in Tights

"Married luff never lasts," mourned Britain's new Princess of Wales, in her thick German accent, to a lady in waiting. "Dot is not in de nature." But, alas for poor, playful Amelia Elizabeth Caroline, Princess of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, married love not only failed to last, it never even began. The Prince of Wales, later (1820) to become King George IV, was already secretly married to one woman and deep in the toils of another, his mistress, Lady Jersey, when he sent his emissary to ask Caroline's hand in marriage in 1794.

"Prinney," as fashionable friends like Beau Brummell knew him,...

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