Prince William Henry, Duke of Gloucester and Edinburgh

Prince William Henry, Duke of Gloucester and Edinburgh

Duke and Field Marshal
Born Nov 25, 1743

Prince William, Duke of Gloucester and Edinburgh was a member of the British Royal Family, a grandson of George II and a younger brother of George III.

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1743 Birth Born on November 25, 1743.


1760 16 Years Old He succeeded as George III on 25 October 1760, and created William Duke of Gloucester and Edinburgh and Earl of Connaught on 19 November 1764.
1762 18 Years Old He had been made a Knight of the Garter on 27 May 1762, and invested on 22 September of that year.


1764 20 Years Old In 1764 he began to court Maria Walpole, the Dowager Countess of Waldegrave, an illegitimate granddaughter of Sir Robert Walpole.
1766 22 Years Old He initially wished for active service in the military, but his health and intelligence both proved insufficient. Instead he was appointed colonel of the 13th Regiment of Foot in 1766. That same year he and Maria married in secret in his home on Pall Mall. This marriage only became known to the King after the passing of the Royal Marriages Act 1772. … Read More
1767 23 Years Old In 1767 he was promoted to major-general and made colonel of the 3rd Regiment of Foot Guards.
1771 27 Years Old The same year he was made Warden of Windsor Forest, gaining the post's official residence at Cranbourne Lodge He was made the thirteenth Chancellor of Trinity College, Dublin in 1771, holding the post until 1805.
1773 29 Years Old The Duke and Maria's first child Princess Sophia of Gloucester (Sophia Matilda; 29 May 1773 - 29 November 1844) was born in 1773. … Read More


1776 32 Years Old The Duke and Maria had a third and final child in 1776, Prince William Frederick (15 January 1776 - 30 November 1834). … Read More


1793 49 Years Old He later transferred to the 1st Regiment of Foot Guards, and he became a field marshal on 18 October 1793.


1796 52 Years Old He went on to be General Officer Commanding Northern District in 1796, a command that he held until 1802. … Read More
1803 59 Years Old Louisa was married on 29 December 1803 in Norwich, Norfolk to Godfrey Macdonald, 11th Baronet Macdonald of Slate, later the 3rd Baron Macdonald of Slate. … Read More


1805 62 Years Old The Duke died at Gloucester House in London in 1805 and was succeeded as duke by his son William Frederick, who went on to marry his cousin Princess Mary in 1816, meaning that he and Sophia then received the style of Royal Highness. … Read More