Panic-Dotes From Hysterical Historical People Through The Ages

When the Prince of Wales first set eyes on his future wife at St. James Palace in April 1795, he was appalled at her graceless appearance. As etiquette demanded it, he kissed her and then, stepping back, called out to his aide, "I am unwell. Bring me a glass of brandy."

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At her trial in 1820 before the House of Lords, various salacious details of Caroline's behavior on her foreign travels, were produced in evidence against her. One line of inquiry concerned her conduct with the dey (governor) of Algiers. The chief justice, Lord Norbury, remarked, "She was happy as the dey was long."

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When Caroline returned to England in 1820, popular enthusiasm for her was intense. George IV and his ministers, d etermiend to prevent her establishing her position as queen, were threatened by mobs on the London streets.

The Duke of Wellington was accosted by a group of men armed with pickaxes, who demanded that he express his loyalty to Caroline. The Duke replied, "Well, gentlemen, since you will have it so, 'God save the Queen' -- and may all your wives be like her!"

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George IV's groom of the bedchamber announced to him the portentious news of Napoleon's death: "Sir, your bitterest enemy is dead."

"Is she, by God?" exclaimed Caroline's husband.