George IV
George IV was King of Great Britain, Ireland, and Hanover from 1820 - 1830. He was the son and successor of his father, George III. Though he officially reigned for only ten years, he actually ruled longer than that, as he served as Prince Regent during his father's mental illness and final years.

George IV was admired for his impeccable style, fashion sense, and for his charm and culture, earning him the nickname "First Gentleman of England." However, his poor relationships with his family members, mistreatment and attempted divorce of his wife, obsesity and extravagent lifestyle made him a target of mirrored contempt, especially from the common people.

Full Name George Augustus Frederick IV
Who King of Great Britain
Birth Date August 12, 1762
Death Date June 26, 1830
Country England
Born London, England, UK
Died Windsor, Berkshire, England, UK
Cause of Death gastrointestinal bleeding / cancer / gout / many others
Education royal tutors
Father George III of England
Mother Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
Spouse Caroline of Brunswick

William IV of the United Kingdom

Edward, Duke of Kent & Strathearn

Ernest Augustus I of Hanover

Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge

Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex

Frederick, Duke of York & Albany

Charlotte, Princess Royal

Amelia of the United Kingdom

Augusta Sophia of the United Kingdom

Mary, Duchess of Gloucester & Edinburgh

Elizabeth of the United Kingdom

Octavius of Great Britain

Sophia of the United Kingdom

Children Charlotte of Wales


George was baptized as an infant by Thomas Secker.

George's honorary godparents were William, Duke of Cumberland (who was his great-uncle twice removed), and Augusta of Saxe-Gotha, his grandmother.

George's relationship with his father, King George III, was strained. While George III was a conservative ruler, his son was the opposite. The elder George was horrified by his son's extravagent spending, lavish lifestyle, and many mistresses. 

George was a supporter of Charles James Fox.

At the age of 21, in 1783, George - who had previously been a wild playboy with numerous casual mistresses - fell in love for the first time. He became fascinated by Maria Fitzherbert.

George was an early admirer of Jane Austen, who was at the time considered fashionable but controversial. He invited her to visit him at his Palace, while still the prince. Upon meeting Austen, he asked her to dedicate a copy of Emma to him, which she did. He then instructed his librarian to give her the plot of a new "perfect novel" that she was to write next. Austen would later say that she had greatly disliked George.

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