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This Waistcoat Offers Clues to George III?s Mental State

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This Waistcoat Offers Clues to George III?s Mental State

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From the enlarged sleeves to the foot stains on the front; each detail on the waistcoat of George III is revealing, and paints a picture of a prolonged, agonizing descent into madness.

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After mental illness sent George III into a steep decline, Parliament handed power down to his son, the Prince Regent, a lascivious, hard-drinking, heavy-gambling bully. Soon afterwards, England's Georgian Era came to a disastrous end. What is the true story behind these two kings? We uncover new analyses that are changing long-held theories about "Mad" King George's condition and reveal how George IV's redesigns of Buckingham Palace made it the royal residence we know today.

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