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William IV was King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and of Hanover from 26 June 1830 until his death. William, the third son of George III and younger brother and successor to George IV, was the last king and penultimate monarch of Britain's House of Hanover. He served in the Royal Navy in his youth and was, both during his reign and afterwards, nicknamed the "Sailor King".
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20 June 1837

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    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 1837
    Age 71
    Queen Adelaide attended the dying William devotedly, not going to bed herself for more than ten days. William IV died in the early hours of the morning of 20 June 1837 at Windsor Castle, where he was buried.
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    A watercolour sketch made by her during her pregnancy in early 1837 shows how frail he had become.
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  • 1836
    Age 70
    The King, angered at what he took to be disrespect from the Duchess to his wife, took the opportunity at what proved to be his final birthday banquet in August 1836 to settle the score.
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  • 1834
    Age 68
    In 1834, the ministry was facing increasing unpopularity and Lord Grey retired; the Home Secretary, William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne, replaced him.
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    For the remainder of his reign, William interfered actively in politics only once, in 1834, when he became the last British sovereign to choose a prime minister contrary to the will of Parliament.
  • 1833
    Age 67
    In 1833, William signed a new constitution for Hanover, which empowered the middle class, gave limited power to the lower classes, and expanded the role of the parliament of Hanover.
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  • 1832
    Age 66
    His reign saw several reforms: the poor law was updated, child labour restricted, slavery abolished in nearly all the British Empire, and the British electoral system refashioned by the Reform Act 1832.
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  • 1831
    Age 65
    The crisis saw a brief interlude for the celebration of the King's Coronation on 8 September 1831.
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    When the House of Commons defeated the First Reform Bill in 1831, Grey's ministry urged William to dissolve Parliament, which would lead to a new general election.
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  • 1830
    Age 64
    When King George IV died on 26 June 1830 without surviving legitimate issue, William succeeded him as King William IV.
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    George IV's health was increasingly bad; it was obvious by early 1830 that he was near death.
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  • 1828
    Age 62
    Things finally came to a head in 1828 when, as Lord High Admiral, he put to sea with a squadron of ships, leaving no word of where they were going, and remaining away for ten days.
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  • 1827
    Age 61
    When the Duke of York died in 1827, William, then more than 60 years old, became heir presumptive.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1818
    Age 52
    At Kew on 11 July 1818, William married Princess Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen, the daughter of George I, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen.
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  • 1817
    Age 51
    Following the death of William's niece Princess Charlotte of Wales, then second-in-line to the British throne, in 1817, the king was left with twelve children, but no legitimate grandchildren.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1813
    Age 47
    In 1813, he came nearest to any actual fighting, when he visited the British troops fighting in the Low Countries.
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  • 1811
    Age 45
    The couple had ten illegitimate children—five sons and five daughters—nine of whom were named after William's siblings; each was given the surname "FitzClarence". Their affair lasted for twenty years before ending in 1811.
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    In 1811, he was appointed to the honorary position of Admiral of the Fleet.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1798
    Age 32
    In 1798 he was made an admiral, but the rank was purely nominal.
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  • 1797
    Age 31
    George III was accepting of his son's relationship with the actress (though recommending that he halve her allowance); in 1797, he created William Ranger of Bushy Park, which included a large residence, Bushy House, for William's growing family.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1793
    Age 27
    When Britain declared war on France in 1793, he was anxious to serve his country and expected a command, but was not given a ship, perhaps at first because he had broken his arm by falling down some stairs drunk, but later perhaps because he gave a speech in the House of Lords opposing the war.
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  • 1791
    Age 25
    From 1791 William lived with an Irish actress, Dorothea Bland, better known by her stage name, Mrs. Jordan, the title "Mrs." being assumed at the start of her stage career to explain an inconvenient pregnancy and "Jordan" because she had "crossed the water" from Ireland to Britain.
  • 1790
    Age 24
    William ceased his active service in the Royal Navy in 1790.
  • 1789
    Age 23
    Appalled at the prospect of his son making his case to the voters, George III created him Duke of Clarence and St Andrews and Earl of Munster on 16 May 1789, supposedly saying: "I well know it is another vote added to the Opposition."
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  • 1788
    Age 22
    He was given command of the frigate in 1788, and was promoted to rear-admiral in command of the following year.
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  • 1786
    Age 20
    In late 1786, he was stationed in the West Indies under Horatio Nelson, who wrote of William: "In his professional line, he is superior to two-thirds, I am sure, of the Naval list; and in attention to orders, and respect to his superior officer, I hardly know his equal."
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1785
    Age 19
    He became a lieutenant in 1785 and captain of the following year.
  • 1780
    Age 14
    At the age of thirteen, he joined the Royal Navy as a midshipman, and was present at the Battle of Cape St Vincent in 1780.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1772
    Age 6
    William was part of the first generation to grow to maturity under the Royal Marriages Act 1772, which forbade descendants of George II from marrying unless they either obtained the monarch's consent or, if over the age of 25, gave twelve months' notice to the Privy Council.
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  • 1765
    Born
    He was baptised in the Great Council Chamber of St James's Palace on 20 September 1765.
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