George IV of the United Kingdom

George IV of the United Kingdom

King of the United Kingdom

George IV was the King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and also of Hanover from the death of his father, George III, on 29 January 1820 until his own death ten years later. From 1811 until his accession, he served as Prince Regent during his father's relapse into mental illness. George IV led an extravagant lifestyle that contributed to the fashions of the British Regency.… Read More

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1762 Birth Born on August 12, 1762.
1772 9 Years Old This was in spite of the Act of Settlement 1701, which barred the spouse of a Catholic from succeeding to the throne, and the Royal Marriages Act 1772, which prohibited his marriage without the King's consent, which would never have been granted. Nevertheless, the couple went through a marriage ceremony on 15 December 1785 at her house in Park Street, Mayfair. … Read More


1787 24 Years Old The Prince was plunged into debt by his exorbitant lifestyle. His father refused to assist him, forcing him to quit Carlton House and live at Fitzherbert's residence. In 1787, the Prince's political allies proposed to relieve his debts with a parliamentary grant. … Read More


1795 32 Years Old The Prince of Wales's debts continued to climb, and his father refused to aid him unless he married his cousin Princess Caroline of Brunswick. In 1795, the Prince acquiesced; and they were married on 8 April 1795 at the Chapel Royal, St James's Palace. … Read More
1796 33 Years Old The two were formally separated after the birth of their only child, Princess Charlotte, in 1796, and remained separated thereafter. … Read More


1804 41 Years Old In 1804, a dispute arose over the custody of Princess Charlotte, which led to her being placed in the care of the King, George III. … Read More
1810 47 Years Old In late 1810, George III was once again overcome by his malady following the death of his youngest daughter, Princess Amelia. … Read More
1811 48 Years Old The Prince of Wales became Prince Regent on 5 February 1811. … Read More
1812 49 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1812, when it appeared highly unlikely that the King would recover, the Prince of Wales again failed to appoint a new Whig administration. … Read More


1814 51 Years Old On 30 December 1814, the Prince Regent signed and ratified the Treaty of Ghent which ended the War of 1812 with the United States. … Read More
1817 54 Years Old 1 More Event
…  His only child, Princess Charlotte, died before him in 1817 and so he was succeeded by his younger brother, William. … Read More
1820 57 Years Old When George III died in 1820, the Prince Regent, then aged 57, ascended the throne as George IV, with no real change in his powers. … Read More
1821 58 Years Old George IV decided, nonetheless, to exclude his wife from his coronation at Westminster Abbey, on 19 July 1821. … Read More


1824 61 Years Old By 1824 he was denouncing Catholic emancipation in public. … Read More
1827 64 Years Old The second son of George III, Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany, had died childless in 1827, so the succession passed to the third son of George III, Prince William, Duke of Clarence, who reigned as William IV. … Read More
1828 65 Years Old 1 More Event
Lord Goderich left office in 1828, to be succeeded by the Duke of Wellington, who had by that time accepted that the denial of some measure of relief to Roman Catholics was politically untenable. … Read More
1829 66 Years Old In mid-1829, Sir David Wilkie reported the King "was wasting away frightfully day after day", and had become so obese that he looked "like a great sausage stuffed into the covering". … Read More
1830 67 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1830 his weight was recorded to be. … Read More
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