Category Archives: Social Events

Aspects of Regency Society and Social Events

Halloween in the Regency

Or not.   In fact, it depended upon the part of the British Isles in which one lived whether, or how, that particular holy day eve was recognized and/or celebrated. Halloween has ancient roots as a pagan new year and … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial: Queen Charlotte Officially Welcomes Wellington

Two hundred years ago, tomorrow, Field Marshal, His Grace the Duke of Wellington, was formally welcomed back to Great Britain by Queen Charlotte, at her London home, Buckingham House. With Napoleon safely in exile on the island of Elba, and … Continue reading

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The Fine Art of Toasting in the Regency

Of bread or wine, both were related to the drinking of the health of others. However, today’s article will focus on the history of the use of alcoholic beverages to honor or salute one’s fellows, or a special lady, at … Continue reading

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The Grand Carlton House Fête:   Aftermath and Ramifications

Last week, I posted here a description of the famous fête given at Carlton House in London, by the Prince Regent, on Wednesday evening, 19 June 1811. But in that article, I wrote only of the decorations and those who … Continue reading

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A Regency Bicentennial:   The Grand Carlton House Banquet

… the fête given at Carlton House on June 19, 1811, being then the only experiment ever made to give a supper to 2,000 of the nobility and gentry. So was described Prinny’s famous Carlton House fête in The Mirror … Continue reading

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The Wake in Regency England

The English wake during the Regency had nothing to do with the ceremony which many people in westernized nations today observe in honor and memory of someone recently departed. In fact, wakes in England by the early nineteenth century were … Continue reading

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The Glittering Regency Theatre

The theatres of the Regency did not only glitter with the talents of the great actors who trod their boards. They also glittered with the presence of the many members of the beau monde who flocked to the nightly performances … Continue reading

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