Maria Fitzherbert

Mistress of British king Maria Fitzherbert

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.
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26 July 1756
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A lot more attention-grabbing than William and Kate mugs - Irish Times
Google News - almost 7 years
The couple being married are the prince of Wales (later the corpulent and intransigent George IV) and Maria Fitzherbert. The priest is the Irish writer, orator and politician Edmund Burke. The identity of one of the witnesses, who has wine bottles in
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Timeline of married monarchs - Yellow Advertiser
Google News - almost 7 years
The future George IV had already married the Catholic Maria Fitzherbert, but since the Act of Succession, imposed by William III in an attempt to banish Catholicism from Britain, meant the marriage was not valid, George had to find a Protestant bride
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The Royal Wedding: Trees, tiaras and trestle tables - The Independent
Google News - almost 7 years
Yet Henry was positively besotted compared with the future George IV (then Prince Regent), who in 1795 was forced for reasons of state to abandon his secret Catholic "wife" (Maria Fitzherbert) and marry his cousin, Caroline of Brunswick
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A royalist dream — Harry, King of Saxony - World Tribune
Google News - almost 7 years
... emitted unpleasant smells, and then eventually absconded to Italy with her manservant, Bartolomeo Pergami, leaving her husband, the debauched George IV, in the arms of Maria Fitzherbert whom he had secretly married before even meeting Caroline
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NYTimes - almost 14 years
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  • 1837
    Age 80
    Died on March 27, 1837.
  • 1833
    Age 76
    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.
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  • 1830
    Age 73
    Following the death of George IV on 26 June 1830, it was discovered that he had kept all of Fitzherbert's letters, and steps were taken to destroy them.
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    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.
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  • 1795
    Age 38
    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".
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  • 1794
    Age 37
    On 23 June 1794, Fitzherbert was informed by letter that her relationship with the Prince was over.
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  • 1793
    Age 36
    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.
  • 1784
    Age 27
    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.
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  • 1781
    Age 24
    She was widowed again on 7 May 1781.
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  • 1775
    Age 18
    Fitzherbert married Edward Weld, 16 years her senior, a rich Catholic landowner of Lulworth Castle in July 1775.
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  • 1772
    Age 15
    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.
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  • 1756
    Born on July 26, 1756.
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