George III of the United Kingdom
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George III of the United Kingdom

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George III was King of Great Britain and King of Ireland from 25 October 1760 until the union of these two countries on 1 January 1801, after which he was King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland until his death. He was concurrently Duke and prince-elector of Brunswick-Lüneburg ("Hanover") in the Holy Roman Empire until his promotion to King of Hanover on 12 October 1814.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of George III of the United Kingdom.

CHILDHOOD

1738 Birth Born in 1738.

TEENAGE

1751 13 Years Old George's grandfather, King George II, disliked the Prince of Wales and took little interest in his grandchildren. However, in 1751 the Prince of Wales died unexpectedly from a lung injury, and George became heir apparent to the throne. … Read More
1756 18 Years Old In the spring of 1756, as George approached his eighteenth birthday, the King offered him a grand establishment at St James's Palace, but George refused the offer, guided by his mother and her confidant, Lord Bute, who would later serve as Prime Minister. … Read More

TWENTIES

1759 - 1762 4 More Events
1763 25 Years Old …  In 1763, after concluding the Peace of Paris which ended the war, Lord Bute resigned, allowing the Whigs under George Grenville to return to power. … Read More
1766 28 Years Old Lord Rockingham, with the support of Pitt and the King, repealed Grenville's unpopular Stamp Act, but his government was weak and he was replaced in 1766 by Pitt, whom George created Earl of Chatham. … Read More
1767 29 Years Old Lord Chatham fell ill in 1767, and the Duke of Grafton took over the government, although he did not formally become Prime Minister until 1768. … Read More

THIRTIES

1770 32 Years Old In 1770, his brother Prince Henry, Duke of Cumberland and Strathearn, was exposed as an adulterer, and the following year Cumberland married a young widow, Anne Horton. … Read More
1772 34 Years Old The subsequent bill was unpopular in Parliament, including among George's own ministers, but passed as the Royal Marriages Act 1772. … Read More

FORTIES

1781 - 1782 2 More Events
1783 45 Years Old …  In 1783, the House of Commons forced Shelburne from office and his government was replaced by the Fox–North Coalition. … Read More
1785 47 Years Old When John Adams was appointed American Minister to London in 1785, George had become resigned to the new relationship between his country and the former colonies.
1786 48 Years Old After George’s recovery, his popularity, and that of Pitt, continued to increase at the expense of Fox and the Prince of Wales. His humane and understanding treatment of two insane assailants, Margaret Nicholson in 1786 and John Frith in 1790, contributed to his popularity. … Read More

FIFTIES

1793 55 Years Old France declared war on Great Britain in 1793; in the war attempt, George allowed Pitt to increase taxes, raise armies, and suspend the right of habeas corpus. The First Coalition to oppose revolutionary France, which included Austria, Prussia, and Spain, broke up in 1795 when Prussia and Spain made separate peace with France. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

1801 - 1803 2 More Events
1804 66 Years Old In 1804, George's recurrent illness returned; after his recovery, Addington resigned and Pitt regained power. … Read More
1809 71 Years Old George III made no further major political decisions during his reign; the replacement of the Duke of Portland by Perceval in 1809 was of little actual significance.
1810 72 Years Old In late 1810, at the height of his popularity but already virtually blind with cataracts and in pain from rheumatism, George III became dangerously ill. … Read More
1811 73 Years Old 1 More Event
He accepted the need for the Regency Act of 1811, and the Prince of Wales acted as Regent for the remainder of George III's life.
1819 81 Years Old At Christmas 1819, he spoke nonsense for 58 hours, and for the last few weeks of his life was unable to walk.
1820 82 Years Old He died at Windsor Castle at 8:38 pm on 29 January 1820, six days after the death of his fourth son, the Duke of Kent. … Read More
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