Charlotte Drives Like Crazy

‘This holiday was a success, and the following year a house was taken for Princess Charlotte and her establishment at Bognor. Here, she enjoyed a surprising amount of freedom. Huish describes her “tripping down to Richardson’s the baker’s, about the time when she knew his buns were ready”. Devouring the delicious hot buns, she would sit and chat to the baker about his business, seeming deeply interested in all he had to tell her. She then stepped into her carriage, “drawn by her beautiful grey poneys”, and, accompanied by Lady de Clifford, would herself take reins and drive off at top speed, turning into a very bumpy field, where the carriage swayed and jolted perilously, and Lady de Clifford shrieked. “Nothing like exercise, my lady”, cried Charlotte. “Nothing like exercise!”‘

[an extract from ‘Prinny’s Daughter: A Biography of Princess Charlotte of Wales’ by Thea Home]

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