To cover the scandals that have swirled around the court of the British Monarchy, this Art Shot would need to be several weeks long…however, after a drink in the café, we’ll rollick our way into the most saucy and scandalous of them all. We’ll start with King Henry VIII’s horrific and shameful power-wielding penchant for disposing of his wives, before moving into the succeeding Stuart court and James I’s shocking relationship with Steenie, the Duke of Buckingham. With a brief gossip about Charles II’s endless mistresses and 13 bastards, we’ll leapfrog into the Georgian period and consider King George I’s outrageous imprisonment of his wife in a tower (for thirty years) and perhaps cast a quick glance at his mistresses “The Maypole” (tall and thin) and “The Elephant” (short and rotund). We next come to the great high point in British Courtly Scandal: King George IV. George’s gluttony, womanizing, excess and debauchery led Britain through a ghastly period of embarrassment and humiliation. While this period was perhaps the worst, it doesn’t end there. We’ll move forward into modern history and look at the scandal that erupted around Queen Victoria and game-keeper John Brown, and consider the role the Queen played at the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.