Maria Fitzherbert

Maria Fitzherbert

Mistress of British King
Born Jul 26, 1756

Maria Fitzherbert was the wife (in secret) 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.… Read More

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1756 Birth Born on July 26, 1756.


1772 15 Years Old The marriage was not valid 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 Fitzherbert 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 twice widowed Fitzherbert soon entered London high society. In spring, 1784, she 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 both parties were well aware – against the law, they 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, contracted an invalid marriage with Lady Augusta Murray in 1793 without the King's consent and had two children with her.
1794 37 Years Old On 23 June 1794, Fitzherbert 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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