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King George III damp and nude

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Phoenician Trader

King George III swam in the sea at Weymouth without bathers on Sunday, 1 July 1789, with a band playing "God Save The King" (to keep things decent obviously). His wife Charlotte and various nobles often swam too. Apparently King George IV (1820-1830) swam nude at Brighton. With the opening of the railway line between London and Brighton in 1841, nude seashore bathing became quite popular.

Victoria was not amused by this and, with the help of the Established Church, caused the famous stripped bathing suit to be made compulsory. Not everyone joined in - if you read the delightful (Reverend) Kilvert's Diaries (possibly still in print), you can read about his response to the silliness.

smiley - lighthouse

King George III damp and nude

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>the famous stripped bathing suit

Hmmm . . . striped?

Yes indeed, a recent (2006) reprint of the Rev Francis Kilvert's diaries is advertised here http://www.kilverts-diary.com/

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