George IV of Great Britain

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George IV of Great Britain (r. 1820-1830) was the fourth of the Hanoverian monarchs. He first reigned as Prince Regent from 1811 for his mad father George III of Great Britain (r. 1760-1820). George IV was an unpopular monarch for his many love affairs and overspending, but he was a great patron of the arts and architecture. He was succeeded by his younger brother William IV of Great Britain (r. 1830-1837).

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  • 12 Aug 1762
    Future George IV of Great Britian is born in St. James’ Palace.
  • 1785
    Prince George, future George IV, marries the actress Maria Fitzherbert without his father's permission.
  • 1787
    Prince George, future Geroge IV, commissions the building of Brighton's Royal Pavilion.
  • 8 Apr 1795
    After his first marriage is considered invalid, Prince George, future George IV, marries Caroline of Brunswick-Wolferbüttel.
  • 7 Jan 1796
    Charlotte Augusta, daughter of Prince George, future George IV, is born.
  • 1803 - 1815
    The Napoleonic Wars.
  • 6 Feb 1811
    Prince George becomes Prince Regent for his father George III of Great Britain after his mental illness worsens.
  • 18 Jun 1815
    Britain and Prussia defeat Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo, ending the Napoleonic Wars.
  • 6 Nov 1817
    Charlotte Augusta, daughter of Prince George, future George IV, dies during childbirth.
  • 1820 - 1830
    Reign of George IV of Great Britain.
  • 19 Jul 1821
    The lavish coronation of George IV of Great Britain is held in Westminster Abbey.
  • Aug 1822
    George IV of Great Britain becomes the first Hanoverian monarch to visit Scotland.
  • 1824
    Foundation of the National Gallery in Britain.
  • 26 Jun 1830
    George IV of Great Britain dies of illness at Windsor Castle.
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