Duke of Wellington, Peace of Paris
The 2005 publication "Beau Brummell- The Ultimate Dandy" gives a good explanation as the the background to this event.Jean Baptiste Watier was the personal chef of the Prince of Wales and in 1814 under the direction of Brummell who acted as perpetual president a club was established known as Watier's. The intention being to provide a club of quality which would also be a great improvement on the quality of food normally served in clubland.
In Harriette Wilsons Memoirs, she described in great detail the ball that was held at Burlington House, in celebration of the English victory over Napoleon.
Harriette, along with her sisters, Amy and Fanny managed to obtain tickets, but their friend Julia was unable to obtain a lady's ticket, so in order to attend she dressed as a boy.
The event was covered in minute detail in most of the newspapers of the day, such was the magnitude of the event, with about 1,700 guests attending the supper which was said to have been most magnificent thing of the kind ever seen.
Following the defeat of Napoleon in 1814 and the signing of the Peace of Paris, Louis XV111 came to London as did The Tsar of Russia and the King of Prussia. Balls in their honour were thrown throughout the summer one of the first being at White's on 21st June.Watier's was not to be outdone and the date was set for July 1st, a week after White's. To liven things up a bit it was a masquerade and as well as the society ladies who were invited so were courtesans.Guests queued in their carriages for hours for the chance of arriving at nine or ten o'clock. Everyone was in fancy dress apart from the members of Watier's who dressed as light blue dominoes.
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