THE PRINCE’S WEDDING OUTFIT – AND ‘THIS CHARMING MAN’

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I can now confirm absolutely that Louis Bazalgette made Prinny’s wedding outfit, as shown above.  The much delayed royal marriage between the Prince of Wales and Princess Caroline of Brunswick took place on the 8th April 1795, and as reported in The Times of the day after, the Prince wore a blue Genoa velvet coat and breeches, with a silver tissue waistcoat and coat cuffs, richly embroidered with silver and spangles.  The whole suit was covered with large and small spangles.  This suit was made by Louis and was delivered on 24th March, being listed in the accounts as a ‘Blue velvet coat & breeches & silver tissue waistcoat and coat cuffs, the suit elegantly embroid’d in silver, stones and the body all over with double spangles’, at a cost of ₤203/12/-.  A linen case was also provided for this suit.  The Duke of Clarence, (on the left in the picture above) who acted as the bride’s attendant,  wore a blue velvet coat and breeches, spotted with gold, and very richly embroidered with gold lace.  This is probably the first of the two suits that had been made for him by Louis that January, as gifts from the Prince. (See the previous description of this in the ROYAL MARRIAGE blog). 

Now let us contrast these facts with the opening sequence of ‘Beau Brummell: This Charming Man’: which can be seen on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QunT9eL-3Q&feature=related and other locations.

Apart from the fact that James Purefoy was about 42 when this was shot, while Brummell at the time (Spring 1795) was sixteen, he finds Prinny trying on his ‘wedding suit’, which is quite wrong.  What he is wearing is a ceremonial dress, which would have been worn on state occasions such as his coronation.  The actual wedding suit, whilst perhaps gaudy in Brummell’s eyes, was quite appropriate for a grand occasion such as the royal wedding.

See the picture below for comparison, which shows George’s coronation dress.

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2 Responses to THE PRINCE’S WEDDING OUTFIT – AND ‘THIS CHARMING MAN’

  1. Ian Kellr says:

    fair point. But drama is never history obviously

  2. chasbaz says:

    I suppose it made for a greater contrast. Thanks for your comment.

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