Royal revelation: How outrageous 19th century aristocrat 'was Elton John of his day'

AS his jewelled tiara goes on sale, the extraordinary story of Henry Paget whose outrageous costumes and lavish lifestyle made him Britain's most gloriously eccentric aristocrat...

LEGEND has it that when Field Marshal Henry Paget’s right knee was struck by one of the final cannon salvos during the Battle of Waterloo the ­cavalry commander turned calmly to the Duke of Wellington and said: “By God, Sir, I’ve lost my leg!” To which Wellington is reputed to have replied: “By God, Sir, so you have!” The Earl’s reaction to his wound – which later saw his leg amputated – has come to be regarded as a quintessential...
source: Express

2020-01-29 14:29
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