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29 August 2007 @ 04:02 pm
George IV of the United Kingdom  
With all the joy and merriment the generations have been provided by the existence of such a person in the house of Hanover, one would do well to think on the Prince of Wales, Prince Regent, and King George IV with fondness. Whatever his personal faults, the lasting treasure of such a comical figure in history can never be one to regret. Where would we be without his inspiration? No Scarlet Pimpernel, to Blackadder the Third, no Beau Brummell either real or fantastical.

I would be quite content to have been George. In fact, the ever present worry in all of us living under the tyranny of the Western 21st century - (gasp) weight gain - is soothed in my mind by this example. You do not cease to exist once you have filled out a bit! No, it only becomes a symbol and reminder of your lavish and wasteful lifestyle! Observe..

A Prince (Gainsborough and pre The Body Dandiacal)

A King (and incidentally, post-Brummell)

See? Dashing, substantial.. is there no ugliness that cannot be masked by exquisite tailoring and a wind machine? (and it should be mentioned, Sir Thomas Lawrence. That helps too.)

One thing I have over the prince is that I have no inclination to gamble... though given lack of video games and permission to indulge in pantomime, who knows? At any rate I am just as likely to have built up as much debt, if not by the same means, then probably by others.

So before you go around (as I'm sure you do) calling out Fat George etc., you'd do well to remind yourself that he is responsible for the National Gallery, which if you're anything like me, is responsible for a good half of your involuntary wet dreams.

Thank God for a King like George. And on the subject of wet dreams, check out this Georgian tailoring. Morning gowns. Ho baby.

Submitted Humbly by Cosmo Brown, Sartorial and Satirical Adviser to the Crown
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