Regency Man Monday – The Prince Regeny

We can’t have a theme of Regency men without the one man who made the Regency period, the Regency period.

His Royal Highness The Prince Regent

Born George Augustus Frederick on August 12,  1762, he was bestowed the titles of Duke of Cornwall and Duke of Rothesay automatically and became the Prince of Wales and Earl of Chester when he was a few days old. He was a good student and son, until he fell for Maria Fitzherbert, a Roman Catholic (shocked gasp).  The Act of Settlement 1701 would prevent her from succeeding to the throne and the Royal Marriages Act 1772 said that he would need his father’s permission. Going against both the couple married in secret in 1785.  (Then there was a lot of hubbub about his debts, his father’s disapproval, and his political standings.)

In 1788, King George III’s mental health greatly deteriorated and it began his ultimate decline and Parliament started to discuss the idea of a Regent and who would be a best choice to be Regent.  Before The Regency Bill could be passed King George III recovered.

In 1795, George married his cousin Princess Caroline of Brunswick.  In 1796, their only child, Princess Charlotte was born.  Shortly after her birth they formally separated and George continued his on and off relationship with Maria Fitzherbert.

In 1810, King George’s health declined again and this time the billed passed to become the Regency Act of 1811.  George became the Prince Regent on February 5, 1811. He ‘ruled’ in his father’s place until King George died in 1820.

The Prince Regent became King George the IV on July 19, 1821.
For more information on Prinny you can read his Wikipedia article – George IV of the United Kingdom
For further reading there is a list at the bottom of the page or you can jump to it right here – References and further reading

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