In its issue of February 20, 1956, Time magazine told the story of Caroline, Queen of England, in the early nineteenth century. George III was king, and after his death, his son, Caroline’s husband, became George IV. Years earlier, the king and queen had become estranged. But Caroline showed up at the coronation and attempted to claim her place as queen. Furious at his wife’s reappearance, the new King postponed his crowning and appealed to the House of Lords for a divorce. But the Lords were too frightened to act. When the coronation at last took place, Caroline did not receive a ticket. She went to Westminster Abbey anyway and attempted to enter, but guards blocked her path at every door. A pamphleteer of the day wrote: Most gracious Queen, we thee implore To go away and sin no more. But if that effort be too great, To go away at any rate. Like I said: Does this remind you of anyone we know?
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