Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Happy Birth Anniversary, Regency!

Prinny, the Prince RegentSaturday, February 5 or 6, 1811 was the day the Prince of Wales, popularly known as Prinny, who was to become King George IV in 1820, officially became Prince Regent, thereby launching the nine-year Regency era.

The date in question is debatable. Some researchers claim it was the 5th, equally vocal dissenters claim it was the 6th. The Regency Act, known officially as the Care of King During his Illness etc. 1811 Act was passed by both houses of the parliament on the 5th. On the 6th the Prince of Wales took the oaths by which he became Regent. He was also required to provide the required certificate of church service attendance and communion participation.

Celebrate 200 years of Regency and Romance on the Harlequin Blog!Harlequin is celebrating the event with blog posts all month long by various Regency authors.

Author Diane Gaston blogged about it on the Risky Regencies. Kathryn Kane wrote about it in superb detail on Regency Redingote.

From author Nicola Cornick: "If you are in the UK, the Brighton Pavilion is running an amazing exhibition for the rest of the year called Dress for Excess, which displays fashions of the late Georgian period, exploring themes from the Regent’s life and the stylistic influences on the period. The exhibition shows items of dress the Regent wore, including ... George’s extravagant coronation robe, on loan from Madame Tussauds."


Kathryn Kane said...

There is another Regency-related event this year which is not to be missed. The Yale Center for British Art is hosting an exhibit of the work of Sir Thomas Lawrence, who is acknowledged to be the finest portrait painter of the Regency era. He painted many of the prominent people of that age, including the Prince Regent.

The exhibit is called Thomas Lawrence: Regency Power and Brilliance, and will run through 5 June 2011. It is the only North American stop for this collection, so, if you can make it to New Haven, do see the show.

Keira Soleore said...

Kathryn, thanks for visiting and for the Yale Center information. I've posted it on Twitter and hope some of the local people I know can make it there. Hope you're enjoying some of the Regency celebrations.