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Happy! - Aug 12 (George IV)

Abby Sale 12 Aug 05 - 10:41 AM
Le Scaramouche 12 Aug 05 - 02:24 PM
Abby Sale 12 Aug 05 - 11:09 PM
katlaughing 12 Aug 05 - 11:41 PM
Le Scaramouche 13 Aug 05 - 04:30 AM
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Subject: Happy! - Aug 12 (George IV)
From: Abby Sale
Date: 12 Aug 05 - 10:41 AM


Happy Birthday!

George IV

born August 12, 1762
(d6/26/1830)

King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and Hanover from 1/29/1820. Sovereign de facto from Feb. 5, 1811, when he became regent for his father, George III. Four especially favoured The Royal Horse Guards (the Blues) Regiment.

        Our ship she is rigged and we all set sail,
        How sweetly the French horns play too
        And each one sets up a loud huzzah
        "Success to King George and his Blues."

                "The Rout of the Blues" recorded by Robin & Barry Dransfield,
                The Rout of the Blues, Trailer

Copyright © 2005, Abby Sale - all rights reserved
What are Happy's all about? See Clicky


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Subject: RE: Happy! - Aug 12 (George IV)
From: Le Scaramouche
Date: 12 Aug 05 - 02:24 PM

A quibble, if you may. Prinny's favoured regiment was the 10th Hussars, known as the Prince's Dolls. Most famous member was probably beau Brummell, who purportedly complained about the regiment's moving up north. "But really, Your Majesty, Manchester!"
There's an excellent book of that title by John Mollo. Subtitled "Scandals, Skirmishes and Splendours of the Hussars".


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Subject: RE: Happy! - Aug 12 (George IV)
From: Abby Sale
Date: 12 Aug 05 - 11:09 PM

Isn't any comment at all on trivia a quibble? :)

Actually, I think I must be making more misteaks than youse guys are catching.

I suppose a king could like more than one bunch. I got this bit from the Blues and Royals home page http://www.army.mod.uk/armcorps/royblues/index.html

The Blues and Royals were formed in 1969 from an amalgamation of The Royal Horse Guards (The Blues) and The Royal Dragoons (The Royals).

The Royal Horse Guards trace their origins to a force raised by Cromwell prior to the second invasion of Scotland, but the parliamentary officers were replaced by royalists in 1660. The Regiment then saw almost continuous service in Flanders, the Boyne, the War of Austrian Succession and the Seven Years War during which the Regiment was commanded by the celebrated Marquis of Granby. The Regiment went on to see service during the Peninsular Campaign, fighting at the decisive Battle of Vittoria in 1813, and as part of the Household Cavalry Brigade at Waterloo. The Regiment was especially favoured by King George IV and, with the appointment of the Duke of Wellington as its Colonel, was elevated to the status of Household Cavalry in 1820.


(Oddly, on the regimental site, http://www.householdcavalry.gvon.com/blues_royals.htm, the wording is identical except it says George III.)


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Subject: RE: Happy! - Aug 12 (George IV)
From: katlaughing
Date: 12 Aug 05 - 11:41 PM

Abby, thanks for the clicky to what are "Happy's" all about! I didn't know about the "origin."

kat


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Subject: RE: Happy! - Aug 12 (George IV)
From: Le Scaramouche
Date: 13 Aug 05 - 04:30 AM

That's wishful thinking on their part. The Blues were part of the Household Cavalry, so had lots of perks, including double rank. This ment that whatever their rank inside the regiment, officers were double that outside of it. For example, a captain in the Horse Guards was known as captain and lieutenant colonel Whathisname, so he took precedence over , say, a major of dragoons.
So yes, excellent regiment socially, but Geo IV's personal pets were the 10th Hussars, in fact he helped create them and design uniforms, among other things.


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Subject: RE: Happy! - Aug 12 (George IV)
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 13 Aug 05 - 04:39 AM

Never heard of a regiment being commanded by a pub before!
G.. ¦¬]


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