folly of royalty

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Blue Apple

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Persian (Iran)
Does folly of royalty here mean "the foolishness of the royalty" or "to make fun of the royalty"?

Context:
Satirical images proliferate in the history of Western art from Renaissance artists such as Hieronymus Bosch to eighteenth-century artists Thomas Rowlandson, George Cruikshank and William Hogarth and nineteenth-century political satirists Honoré Daumier and Gustave Doré. The effectiveness of their works lies in the superbly detailed folly of royalty, political figures and members of the Establishment, and their fashions, which could only have been accomplished through access to such social circles, keen observation of contemporary and social life, and an uncanny wit combined with a deliciously wicked pen.
 
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