Maria Fitzherbert

Prince + Pope
Born Jul 26, 1756
Hometown Shropshire
Died Mar 27, 1837
Death Place Steine House

Maria Fitzherbert was a mistress of George, Prince of Wales. The future George IV secretly underwent a form of marriage with her when he was 23. Though Maria had been disinherited by her first husband, his nephew persuaded Pope Pius VII to declare the marriage valid. The Pope's opinion was irrelevant.… Read More

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1756 Birth Born on July 26, 1756.


1772 15 Years Old The marriage was illegal because it had not received the prior approval of King George III and the Privy Council as required by the Royal Marriages Act 1772. … Read More
1775 18 Years Old Maria married Edward Weld, 16 years her senior, a rich Catholic landowner of Lulworth Castle in July 1775. … Read More


1781 24 Years Old She was widowed again on 7 May 1781. … Read More
1784 27 Years Old The young twice widowed Mrs. Fitzherbert soon entered London high society. In spring, 1784, Maria was introduced to a youthful admirer: George, Prince of Wales, six years her junior. The prince became infatuated with her and pursued her endlessly until she agreed to marry him. Secretly, and – as all parties were well aware – against the law, they both went through a form of marriage on 15 December 1785, in the drawing room of her house in Park Street, London. … Read More


1793 36 Years Old His brother, Prince Augustus Frederick's first marriage to Lady Augusta Murray, daughter of the Earl of Dunmore, took place (twice) in 1793 without the King's consent and produced a son and a daughter but was never recognized.
1794 37 Years Old On 23 June 1794, Maria was informed by letter that her relationship with the Prince was over. … Read More
1795 38 Years Old So the Prince married Caroline on 8 April 1795. In 1796, three days after Caroline gave birth to their daughter, Princess Charlotte of Wales, on 10 January, the Prince of Wales wrote his last will and testament, bequeathing all his “worldly property... to my Maria Fitzherbert, my wife, the wife of my heart and soul”. … Read More


1830 73 Years Old 1 More Event
In June 1830, when the King was dying, he eagerly seized her “get well soon” letter and, after reading it, placed it under his pillow. … Read More
1833 76 Years Old Some scholars have suggested that Maria Fitzherbert had one, possibly two, children by her marriage to the future king. "In 1833, after the King's death, one of his executors, Lord Stourton, asked her to sign a declaration he had written on the back of her marriage certificate. … Read More
1837 81 Years Old Died on March 27, 1837.
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