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The Royals at Monte Carlo (Part 2)

By November 11, 2023No Comments

Queen Victoria often visited the French Riviera but – as described in my book, ‘The Man who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo‘ – she considered that the Casino in Monaco was an evil place with the potential to cause much harm to those who gambled there.

On the other hand, her eldest son, “Bertie” (later King Edward VII) had no such qualms. He enjoyed gambling of all kinds and was a popular and frequent guest at the Casino.

Incidentally, just a few weeks before Charles Wells first broke the bank at Monte Carlo, “Bertie” had been strongly criticised in the British press for gambling with a group of friends in London. Most games of chance were outlawed in Britain at the time, and a court case ensued. However, “Bertie” and his friends were found to be ‘not guilty’.

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