So keen was he to display this magnificence that for three days afterwards, tickets were issued permitting visitors to visit Carlton House On the final day some thirty-thousand availed themselves of this privilege.
They had already separated before the birth in January 1796 of their only child, Princess Charlotte. In 1811, the princess lived with her mother at Kensington. In November 1811 however, the Prince Regent is recorded as leading off the dance with his daughter at a party given by the Duchess of York at Oatlands. According to the Morning Chronicle, he ‘gave his leg a twist and sprained his ankle’ while dancing. This injury required him to recuperate at Oatlands for almost a month. Nobody believed in the sprain; the most popular story being that he had grossly insulted Lady Yarmouth at the ball and been soundly thrashed by her husband.
But just as the protestors were unsuccessful in blocking the march of technology, so were the authorities unable to prevent workers from continuing to fight for better pay and working conditions. Although it would take a century, eventually Labour would replace the Whigs (by then known as the Liberals) as one of the two major parties in the UK parliament.
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