After 18 years of ugly people running the country, Cromwell mercifully died in 1658. His son and successor, Richard, flubbed the deal and allowed the country to slip into anarachy. He skipped town in 1660, making way for the Restoration of the Monarchy.
Charles II, who had been living in France and Scotland since his father’s execution in 1649, returned to London on May 29, 1660 (his thirtieth birthday) to assume the throne. With him came all the pomp and splendor that had been missing for nearly twenty years. No more Puritan brown and conservative clothing. Petticoat britches and periwigs reigned supreme!
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