Today marks the bicentenary of the English Regency. King George III was seventy two and after many years of illness was declared insane. On 5th February, 1811 the Prince of Wales took the oaths of office as Regent and assumed charge of the government. To celebrate the bicentenary, Harlequin is running a special series of Regency features on its blog. An introduction to the celebrations is here! I have blogged about Antonin Careme, the Prince Regent’s chef and the first chef to be a celebrity in his own right. If you would like to read my blog piece about Careme and the amazing feasts he served up for the Prince, click here. There’s also a recipe for Regency Orange Flower and Pink Champagne Jelly! Throughout the week my fellow Harlequin authors will be blogging on regency related topics so please drop by with your comments on how you became interested in the Regency period, what your favourite aspects of it are, and anything else Regency-related you would like to share!
If you are in the UK, the Brighton Pavilion is running an amazing exhibition for the rest of the year called Dress for Excess, which displays fashions of the late Georgian period, exploring themes from the Regent’s life and the stylistic influences on the period. The exhibition shows items of dress the Regent wore, including a beautifully printed banyan of the 1770s and also his huge breeches worn towards the end of his life (you can blame Careme and his delicious banquets for that!) The most spectacular item is George’s extravagant coronation robe, on loan from Madame Tussauds. I can’t wait to get down to Brighton to see the exhibition!
So on Regency Day let’s raise a glass (of pink champagne, of course!) to the Prince Regent, and please let me know – What is it about the Regency period that appeals to you? I’m giving away a book from my backlist to one commenter in honour of the celebration!