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That Time Prince George Went to a Rodeo in Hollywood

The six kids of George V and Queen Mary, dressed in suits and sailor outfits.
The six kids of George V and Queen Mary, dressed in suits and sailor outfits.
Left to right, top: Bertie, Mary, David. Bottom: John, Henry, George. Photo by W. & D. Downey (1910), public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

In the Navy

A smiling Prince George in his naval uniform.
A smiling Prince George in his naval uniform.
George by an unknown photographer, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Destination: Monterey

A studio promo shot of Lily Damita with curly hair, dark lipstick, and smoky eye makeup.
A studio promo shot of Lily Damita with curly hair, dark lipstick, and smoky eye makeup.
Image by Photoplay magazine, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.
The Hotel Del Monte, a three-story building with a tower surrounded by palm trees.
The Hotel Del Monte, a three-story building with a tower surrounded by palm trees.
Image from a postcard by Detroit Photographic Company, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.
A golf green at the edge of the ocean, with a short rocky cliff leading down to the water.
A golf green at the edge of the ocean, with a short rocky cliff leading down to the water.
The 14th hole on the Dunes Course. Image by Nicholas Shanks, CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Destination: Santa Barbara

Marion Mack in costume with Buster Keaton standing next to her, also in costume.
Marion Mack in costume with Buster Keaton standing next to her, also in costume.
Marion Mack on set with co-star Buster Keaton in The General (1926). Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

“The only stars Prince George will see are those in the heavens and on the Stars and Stripes.” ¹

Destination: Hollywood, Day 1

His dad, you see, hadn’t said a word about not *driving* to Hollywood.

The stucco entrance gate of the Ambassador Hotel with the hotel building in the background.
The stucco entrance gate of the Ambassador Hotel with the hotel building in the background.
Image by Colourphoto, Boston; public domain via Wikimedia Commons.
Douglas Fairbanks dressed in a suit and Mary Pickford wearing a fox-fur stole over a casual blouse and skirt.
Douglas Fairbanks dressed in a suit and Mary Pickford wearing a fox-fur stole over a casual blouse and skirt.
Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford. Image by Harris & Ewing, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

The *Really* Exaggerated Account

Gloria Swanson wearing a cloche hat and dark suit with pearl buttons.
Gloria Swanson wearing a cloche hat and dark suit with pearl buttons.
Gloria Swanson. Image by Bain News Service, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.
Head shot of Roscoe Arbuckle. He’s smiling and wearing a suit and tie.
Head shot of Roscoe Arbuckle. He’s smiling and wearing a suit and tie.
Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle. Image by an unknown photographer, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

What Really Happened

Destination: Hollywood Day 2

June Collyer in a cloche hat, dark lipstick, fur stole, and dark suit.
June Collyer in a cloche hat, dark lipstick, fur stole, and dark suit.
June Collyer. Image by Cine Mundial, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.
HMS Durban on the water.
HMS Durban on the water.
HMS Durban by an unknown photographer, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Aftermath

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