Prince Octavius of Great Britain

Prince Octavius of Great Britain

Born Feb 23, 1779

The Prince Octavius was a member of the British Royal Family as the thirteenth child and eighth son of King George III and his queen consort Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Six months after the death of his brother Prince Alfred, Octavius was inoculated from the smallpox virus. Several days later, he became ill. His subsequent death at the age of four devastated his parents, and in particular his father.… Read More

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Octavius was christened on 23 March 1779, in the Great Council Chamber at St James's Palace, by Frederick Cornwallis, The Archbishop of Canterbury. … Read More
1780 1 Year Old Octavius was close to his nearest sister Sophia, who called Octavius "her son", and went with her and their siblings, Elizabeth and Edward to Eastborne on the Sussex coast, where he could take in the fresh seaside air during the summer of 1780. … Read More
Octavius was three years of age when Alfred died on 20 August 1782, and he again became the youngest surviving child. … Read More
1783 4 Years Old Six months after Alfred's death, Octavius and Sophia were taken to Kew Palace in London to be inoculated with the smallpox virus. While Sophia recovered without incident, Octavius became ill and died several days later, around 8 o'clock PM, on 3 May 1783, at Kew Palace. … Read More
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