1820 His Majesty King George IV Artist Unknown, After John Hoppner. via National Gallery,
George IV (George Augustus Frederick; 12 August 1762 – 26 June 1830) was King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and King of Hanover from the death of his father, King George III, on 29 January 1820 until his own death ten years later. He was the eldest child of King George III and Queen Charlotte.
From 1811 until he took the throne in 1820, George IV served as Prince Regent while his father, the King, suffered from mental illness. He led an extravagant lifestyle that contributed to the fashions of the Regency era and was a patron of new forms of leisure, style and taste. He spent his last years in seclusion at Windsor Castle and had little involvement in government. His only child, Princess Charlotte had died in childbirth in 1817, so the crown passed to George’s brother, William. His postmortem in 1830 showed that he’d suffered from arteriosclerosis for many years and a ruptured blood vessel in his stomach caused his death. When he died on 26 June 1830 without surviving legitimate issue, William succeeded him as King William IV. Aged 64, William was the oldest person yet to assume the British throne.1820 His Majesty King George IV Artist Unknown, After John Hoppner. #Regency #Royalty #BritishHistory Click To Tweet