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Daily Snippet #15: Page 134 / 100 Words

Flora Fraser. The Unruly Queen: The Life of Queen Caroline. London: Papermac, 1999 [pb edition of the first edition published by Macmillan in 1996].

“The Princess of Wales had no intention of giving way. She countered the Prince’s accusations of extravagance, and wrote to the King in November of her ‘uncomfortable situation.’ In June 1800, she said, the Prince had added £12,000 to her £5000 ‘pin-money’ appointed by Parliament in 1795. However, when her establishment in town had been paid for by the Lord Cholmondeley on the Prince’s behalf, it has cost £17,000, including payments direct to the Princess, but excluding the Parliamentary allowance. This brought the total running costs to some £22,000. ‘I have endeavored…to reduce the expenses of my Household to this….”


Princess Caroline of Brunswick (1768-1821) married the Prince Regent (later George IV) in 1795; they separated in 1796 – the story of their very public and harrowing relationship is fascinating. You can read more about her here (or on the other hand, read all 537 pages of Fraser’s biography!): https://www.historic-uk.com/HistoryUK/HistoryofBritain/Queen-Caroline/

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