Sultry Lillie Langtry (1853-1929) The red-headed British beauty was considered the aesthetic ideal in Victorian England, and, though she was married, became the official mistress of the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII). The couple appeared at fashionable parties and at the racetrack together, until she appeared at a costume party wearing the same costume as the future King. He was furious. But instead of apologizing, Lillie dropped a piece of ice down his back. He ended the affair.