By Michael Farquhar
Spanning 500 years of British background, a revealing examine the key lives of a few nice (and not-so-great) Britons, courtesy of 1 of the world’s most tasty royal historians
Beleaguered through scandal, betrayed via faithless spouses, bedeviled via formidable youngsters, the kings and queens of serious Britain were many stuff, yet they've got by no means been boring. a few sacrificed every thing for romance, whereas others met a merciless destiny on the fringe of an axman’s blade. From the reality in the back of the intended insanity of King George to Queen Victoria’s strangely bold flavor in sculpture, in the back of the Palace Doors ventures past the rumors to inform the unvarnished heritage of Britain’s monarchs, highlighting the original mixture of tragedy, comedy, romance, heroism, and incompetence that has made the British throne a seat of such unheard of fascination.
• tales overlaying each monarch, from randy Henry VIII to reserved Elizabeth II
• ancient myths debunked and mind-blowing “Did you recognize . . . ?” anecdotes
• 4 kinfolk bushes spanning each royal condo, from the Tudors to the Windsors
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No longer every person was once as ecstatic as Victoria over her selection of a wife. “The ultra-Tories are choked with prejudices opposed to the Prince, during which i will be able to essentially hint the impression of Ernest Augustus of Hanover,” Baron Stockmar stated to King Leopold. “They supply out that he's an intensive and an infidel, and say that George of Cambridge [Victoria’s first cousin], or a Prince of Orange, should were the Consort of the Queen. ” It used to be certainly the queen’s uncle, Ernest Augustus of Hanover*—the notorious Duke of Cumberland accused of killing his valet (see bankruptcy 22)—who labored so much assiduously opposed to Victoria’s needs. She sought after Albert to take priority over all individuals of the royal kin, yet that “old wretch,” because the queen referred to as her uncle Ernest, totally refused to yield to what he termed a “paper Royal Highness” from a mere duchy. the problem was once eventually resolved while it was resolute that the queen may furnish Albert priority by means of use of the royal prerogative, which used to be a constitutional correct retained by way of the sovereign, a vestige of the giant powers English kings as soon as possessed. cash used to be one other topic, notwithstanding. in simple terms Parliament may approve of the fifty-thousand-pound source of revenue for Albert that the queen asked. And after years of investment the lavish existence of Victoria’s debauched Hanoverian uncles, really George IV, the lawmakers have been loath to indulge yet one more royal parasite. Albert was once given just a little greater than half what were anticipated. “Everybody … thinks the allowance proposed for Prince Albert very exorbitant,” Charles Greville famous. “Fifty thousand a 12 months given for pocket-money is sort of titanic, and it'll were prudent to suggest a extra reasonable supply for the sake of his acceptance. ” a little satirical verse mirrored the temper of a few towards the penniless German prince Victoria meant to import: He comes, the bridegroom of Victoria’s selection, The nominee of Lehzen’s† vulgar voice He involves take “for higher or for worse” England’s fats Queen and England’s fatter handbag. … Saxe-Coburg sends him from its paltry race, With overseas words and mustachio’d face, To win from Hymen, and a school-girl’s love, Treasures, his sire’s entire profit above. … The hoyden Sovereign of this effective isle Welcomes her German with enraptured smile, Telleth her “faithful Commons” to supply offers, to make him invaluable of his bride; And hence transforms, through magic conjuring, A fortunate beggar to a puissant king. The queen blamed the Tories for many of her problems, together with the “wicked previous silly” Duke of Wellington, who had voted down Albert’s subsidy or even dared query no matter if he used to be Protestant. “Poor expensive Albert, how cruelly they're utilizing that dearest Angel! Monsters! You Tories can be punished. Revenge! Revenge! ” but whereas the queen railed opposed to all of the indignities her cherished was once made to undergo by the hands of these “abominable, notorious Tories,” she used to be herself thwarting Albert in a couple of methods, lording her sovereignty over him.