A WEDDING SUIT

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On the 10th January 1795, the Prince of Wales commissioned Bazalgette to make a dress suit as a gift for his second younger brother the Duke of Clarence, who later became William IV.  The order was listed in a separate account under “His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales for Wedding Cloathes gave a Present to His Royal Highness the Duke of Clarence”.

The suit consisted of velvet, richly embroidered in gold and silver “all over the body”, lined with 10½ yards of rich satin and cost £72/4/-.

On the 29th January, another suit was ordered for him, also in velvet but this time embroidered in “silks, nett-work &c” and lined with coquelico (red poppy-coloured) satin and costing £42/-/9d.

We don’t know which of these suits the Duke wore to the wedding, which of course was not his wedding, but that of the Prince of Wales and Princess Caroline of Brunswick on 8th April 1795.

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