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Monday, July 4, 2011

Georgie Boy

This statue of George IV in the New Town commemorates his visit to Scotland in 1822.

The wearing of the kilt wasn't done much anymore (and in fact had been banned for a while post-Jacobite rebellion) but news that the King planned to wear one on his visit sent all the Edinburghers scrambling to have their own kilts made.

The King's kilt was unfortunately more like a miniskirt, so to keep the crown jewels out of view he had to don a pair of tights. Which were pink.

The statue includes the tights, but mercifully, not their color, and George ends up looking far more dashing than he ever did in life.

1 comment:

Tandava (Carol Henning) said...

Until WWII, pink was a perfectly acceptable color for men and boys. In fact, according to The Straight Dope: "Some argued that pink was a close relative of red, which was seen as a fiery, manly color. Others traced the association of blue with girls to the frequent depiction of the Virgin Mary in blue."

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