BOOK ST JAMES'S HOTELS

Featured Destination

January 2019: Get Fit on the North York Moors

January is the traditional month for regretting the excesses of December and promising yourself and others that this year you are definitely going ...More
More Uk destinations

George III
- Favourite Briton.

Born in St James's, London
Born on 4th of June 1738
Died in Windsor, Berkshire
Died on 29th of January 1820

King George III was born on 4th June 1738 at Norfolk House, in London, his father was Frederick Prince of Wales, and his mother was Augusta of Saxe-Gotha, and he was the grandson of George II.

He was not a good scholar in his younger years, and his father died when he was just twelve years old , which made him heir apparent. In 1760 his grandfather George II died and he ascended to the throne at just twenty two years of age, he decided to marry Princess Charlotte of Meclenburg-Strelitz just six hours after first meeting with her.

The coronation in full pomp and ceremony was carried out on 22nd September 1761, at Westminster Abbey in London. George had a very happy marriage and their union produced nine sons, and six daughters.

He struggled with Parliament over many issues throughout his reign, and he supported policies that resulted in the American War of Independence in 1775 - 1783. George not only had issues with Parliament, he also started to have severe problems with his son George (the prince Of Wales) whose antics resulted in King George attacking him violently, wide eyed and frothing at the mouth. This unfortunate incident resulted in the king being placed in a straight jacket and a special restraining chair was commissioned. His medical treatment bordered on the barbaric, although against the odds he did seemingly recover and in 1789 was allowed to carry on his royal duties.

He became extremely unpopular when the war broke out between France and England in 1793 after France declared war on England, fighting ensued after the French Revolution and Napoleon Bonaparte's threatened invasion, the Duke Of Wellington and Horatio Nelson fought bravely for the British and victory was secured after Nelson's Battle Of Trafalgar, and in order to raise enough money to fight the war, taxes were raised. He was plagued by bouts of insanity, and in 1810, it was decided that this insanity was now permenent, his eldest son George Prince Of Wales, was declared as Prince Regent and carried out official Royal duties and the ruling of the country.

George III died on the 29th January 1820 at Windsor Castle, he was buried at St Georges Chapel Windsor, and George ascended to the throne and ruled as George IV for just ten years being succeeded by his brother William IV.

More famous Britons here

Contributors: Do you have a site related to George III?
Supply some content for this page and we will gladly add a link to your site. Email here.

5462 views since 12th June 2007

Brit Quote:
You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving. - Robert Louis Stevenson
More Quotes

On this day:
Hartley Pit Disaster - 1862, Britain drops out of the Exchange Rate Mechanism - 1992
More dates from British history

click here to view all the British counties

County Pages