It’s three hundred years since George I ascended the throne and ushered in a new age. I’ve always liked the Georgians – maybe because they were a lot like us.
As the Daily Mail put it:
Think binge-drinking is a modern phenomenon? Think again.
Georgian Britain was pretty much drunk from dawn to dusk - and for several hours afterwards.
In fact, many aspects of modern life, from shopping to a rampant hunger for celebrity gossip, have their roots in Georgian Britain. The shopping mall was a Georgian invention, plus furniture catalogues, women’s magazines and a devotion to interior decoration
Be that as it may, there’s a lot of Georgian-related stuff going on this year and over Easter we visited the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace to see the The First Georgians: Art and Monarchy 1714 – 1760.
The exhibition runs until the autumn, so do go – and use the free audio guide to get the most out of the experience.
We exited via the gift shop and were rather amused by all the Buck House branded bling. I was also amused – having decided to buy a tin of biscuits – that they were on a ‘buy-one-get-one-free offer’.