I know King Charles II had fun, and so did a great many of his successors. George III, extremely monogamous, sired 15 legitimate children, and presided over what was reputed to be one of history's most boring courts. His sons, on the other hand, really liked to party. But shortly after Victoria ascended the throne—after she married Albert—the party element seems to have gone into decline in the British monarchy, with the emphasis shifting to Duty & Service.
And so I watch the present Queen of England visit child care centers and award titles and host parties and make small talk endlessly and look interested in deadly dull speeches and plow through mountains of letters and political documents and give speeches here there and everywhere (and let's not even start on the family issues) and I think, "Yes, I know she's really rich and owns a bunch of palaces & stuff, but I'm not sure I'd want that life."
So I was tickled to find this little video, which I hope will make you smile, too.
1610 "Newes from Virginia" by Richard Rich
2 years ago