In January 1809, La Belle Assemblee presented an article entitled 'Ladies' Dresses on Her Majesty's Birth-day'. I discussed and posted excerpts from this article on Nov. 12, 2009, here.
The July 1810 issue of the popular magazine published a very similar article but the celebration was for His Majesty's Birth-day. George III had been born on 4 June 1738, but the date of this celebration is not mentioned. Royalty has always celebrated its birthdays publicly on dates other than the actual birth date.
As with the account of dresses for Queen Charlotte's birthday celebration, we do not know what form the celebration took. A ball, or perhaps an evening party, a rout--whatever the event it would have been tinged with anxiety, as the king's health was not good, and was soon to worsen.
Nevertheless, the ladies were wonderfully dressed. The velvets of the January party are replaced by satins, and the rich colours have paled, but the opulence remains constant. The royal ladies were particularly magnificent:
The Princess Castelcicala, mentioned third below, was from the Grand Duchy of the same name--a principality near Naples, Italy. A Rowlandson cartoon of the Prince of the Duchy can be seen here
The Regency was not yet instituted, but the court already glittered. Fiction writers need not stint when they describe the scintillating Regency world.
'Til next time,