Royalty and public grief in Britain: an historical perspective 1817-1997

Wolffe, John (1999). Royalty and public grief in Britain: an historical perspective 1817-1997. In: Walter, Tony ed. The Mourning for Diana. Oxford: Berg, pp. 53–64.

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Abstract

It is thus the purpose of this chapter to survey and analyse the public responses to three prominent, unexpected, and untimely royal deaths which occurred during the nineteenth century: those of Princess Charlotte in 1817; of Prince Albert in 1861; and of Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale, in 1892. Another aspect of the response to Diana's death will then be set in perspective by examining the aftermath of a fourth royal death in this period, that of Queen Caroline, the estranged wife of George IV, in 1821. The limitation of the present analysis to selected examples of British royalty is dictated by constraints of space, and a corresponding need for a sharpness of focus if any useful conclusions are to be drawn.

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