From Memoirs of George IV
by Robert Huish (1831)
On 19 June 1811, the Prince Regent held a lavish fête at Carlton House. His critics may have balked at the cost, but it was generally deemed to have been a great success and seen as an entertainment “worthy of a Prince”.
You can read about the Prince's fête here.
After the fête, the Regent graciously opened his palace to the public so that they could share in the magnificence of his home and the superb decorations specially built for the fête. The Gentleman’s Magazine reported that
...many thousands were delighted by the sight, which however, we are sorry to say, did not close without some serious accidents.1
...at the entrance, several ladies lost their scarves and mantles; cloaks, tippets, and other garments were torn off; some lost their shoes, and a variety of other ornaments were torn off and trod upon.2
Unfortunately this caused great pressure on the steps and several elegantly dressed ladies were in danger of being crushed. According to The Edinburgh Annual Register:
Lord Yarmouth very gallantly stood forward to their relief, and lifted them in at the windows of the great hall.3
|The Duke of Gloucester|
from A Biographical Memoir of Frederick,
Duke of York and Albany
by John Watkins (1827)
...when at last the crowd got inside the Carlton House gates, four females were found in a lifeless state, lying on their backs on the ground, with their clothes almost completely torn off.5
They were to be seen all round the gardens, most of them without shoes or gowns; and many almost completely undressed, and their hair hanging about their shoulders.6
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- The Gentleman's Magazine and Historical Chronicle (E Cave, 1811, London).
- The Edinburgh Annual Register (John Ballantyne & Co., 1813, Edinburgh).
Hibbert, Christopher, George IV (Longmans,1972, Allen Lane, 1973, London)
Huish, Robert, Memoirs of George IV (Thomas Kelly, 1830, 1831, London)
Stuart, Dorothy Margaret, Regency Roundabout (Macmillan & Co. Ltd, 1943, London)
The Edinburgh Annual Register (John Ballantyne & Co., 1813, Edinburgh)
The Gentleman's Magazine and Historical Chronicle (E Cave, 1811, London)