Biography of King George IV of Great Britain and Ireland 1762-1830

1806 Funeral of Horatio Nelson

1820 Death of King George III

1821 Coronation of King George IV

1830 Death of King George IV

1817 Death of Princess Charlotte

On 25 Oct 1760 King George II of Great Britain and Ireland 1683-1760 (76) died at Kensington Palace. His grandson [his father] King George III (22) succeeded III King Great Britain and Ireland.

In 1724 Charles Jervas Painter 1675-1739. Portrait of King George II of Great Britain and Ireland 1683-1760. Before 02 Nov 1739 Charles Jervas Painter 1675-1739. Portrait of King George II of Great Britain and Ireland 1683-1760. Before 1744 Enoch Before 25 Oct 1760 Thomas Hudson Painter 1701-1779. Portrait of King George II of Great Britain and Ireland 1683-1760. Before 25 Oct 1760 Thomas Hudson Painter 1701-1779. Portrait of King George II of Great Britain and Ireland 1683-1760. In 1744 Thomas Hudson Painter 1701-1779. Portrait of King George II of Great Britain and Ireland 1683-1760. In 1782 Thomas Gainsborough 1727-1788. Portrait of King George III. In 1781 Thomas Gainsborough 1727-1788. Portrait of King George III. In 1781 Thomas Gainsborough 1727-1788. Portrait of King George III. In 1782 Thomas Gainsborough 1727-1788. Portrait of King George III. Around 1768. Nathaniel Dance Holland Painter 1735-1811. Portrait of King George III. In 1804. Samuel Woodford Painter 1763-1817. Portrait of King George III. Around 1800. William Beechey 1753-1839. Portrait of King George III. Around 1762. Allan Ramsay 1713-1784. Portrait of King George III. In 1754 Jean Etienne Liotard Painter 1702-1789. Portrait of King George III.

On 08 Sep 1761 [his father] King George III (23) and Charlotte Mecklenburg Strelitz Queen Consort England 1744-1818 (17) were married at Chapel Royal St James's Palace. He a grandson of King George II of Great Britain and Ireland 1683-1760. She by marriage Queen Consort England.

Around 1766 Johan Joseph Zoffany 1733-1810. Portrait of Charlotte Mecklenburg Strelitz Queen Consort England 1744-1818. Around 1768. Nathaniel Dance Holland Painter 1735-1811. Portrait of Charlotte Mecklenburg Strelitz Queen Consort England 1744-1818. 1777. Benjamin West 1738-1820. Portrait of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Strelitz Queen Consort England 1744-1818. Around 1762. Allan Ramsay 1713-1784. Portrait of Charlotte Mecklenburg Strelitz Queen Consort England 1744-1818.

On 12 Aug 1762 King George IV was born to [his father] King George III (24) and Charlotte Mecklenburg Strelitz Queen Consort England 1744-1818 (18).

After 12 Aug 1762 Francis Hastings 10th Earl Huntingdon 1729-1789 incorrectly announced to [his father] King George III that his first born child King George IV was a girl. George III had promised £1,000 to the bearer of the news that he had a son and £500 that he had a girl; Francis received neither.

In 1765 King George IV (2) was appointed 584th Knight of the Garter by [his father] King George III (26).

On 1779 Mary Darby 1757-1800 (21) gained popularity when she played the role of Perdita in Florizel and Perdita, an adaptation of Shakespeare's Winter's Tale. It was during this performance that she attracted the notice of the young Prince of Wales, the future King George IV (16). At this time Amy "Emma Hart Lady Hamilton" Lyon 1765-1815 (13) sometimes worked as her maid and dresser at the theatre.

Before 1800 John Hoppner Painter 1758-1810 (attributed). Portrait of Mary Darby 1757-1800 as Perdita. Around 1782 George Romney Painter 1734-1802. Portrait of Amy Around 1782 George Romney Painter 1734-1802. Portrait of Amy Around 1782 George Romney Painter 1734-1802. Portrait of Amy Before 1815 Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun Painter 1755-1842. Portrait of Amy

In 1782 Thomas Gainsborough 1727-1788 (54). Portrait of King George IV (19).

On 30 Mar 1782 [his daughter] Georgiana Augusta Frederica Seymour 1782-1813 was born to King George IV (19) and Grace Elliott 1754-1823. Alternatively she may have been the daughter of George Cholmondeley 1st Marquess Cholmondeley 1749-1827 (32); both men claimed paternity. Paternity was also claimed by Charles William Wyndham 1760-1828 (21) among others.

Around 1778 Thomas Gainsborough 1727-1788. Portrait of Grace Elliott 1754-1823. Around 1778 Thomas Gainsborough 1727-1788. Portrait of Grace Elliott 1754-1823. Before 04 Feb 1787 Pompeo Batoni Painter 1708-1787. Portrait of George Cholmondeley 1st Marquess Cholmondeley 1749-1827.

In 1789 [his half-brother] King William IV of the United Kingdom 1765-1837 (23) was created as Duke Clarence and St Andrews.

Around 1830. William Beechey 1753-1839. Portrait of King William IV of the United Kingdom 1765-1837. 1830. James Lonsdale Painter 1777-1839. Portrait of King William IV of the United Kingdom 1765-1837.

In 1792 John Hoppner Painter 1758-1810 (33). Portrait of King George IV (29) when Prince of Wales.

Around 1792 Thomas Beach 1738-1806 (54). Portrait of King George IV (29).

In 1793 King George IV (30) began an affair with Frances Twysden 1753-1821 (39). He being thirty-one, she being forty, she being a mother to ten.

On 04 Apr 1793 [his brother] Prince Augustus Frederick Hanover 1st Duke Sussex 1773-1843 (20) and Augusta Murray Duchess Sussex 1768-1830 (25) were married at Rome. He a son of King George III of Great Britain and Ireland 1738-1820.

1817. James Lonsdale Painter 1777-1839. Portrait of Prince Augustus Frederick Hanover 1st Duke Sussex 1773-1843. 1837. Thomas Phillips 1770-1845. Portrait of Prince Augustus Frederick Hanover 1st Duke Sussex 1773-1843 sat in the chair of the President of the Royal Society.

On 05 Dec 1793 [his brother] Prince Augustus Frederick Hanover 1st Duke Sussex 1773-1843 (20) and Augusta Murray Duchess Sussex 1768-1830 (25) were married at St George's Church Hanover Square. He a son of King George III of Great Britain and Ireland 1738-1820.

In 1794 Georgiana Cottin Baroness Tabley 1794-1859 was born to Lieutenant-Colonel Josiah Cottin 1771-1843 (23) and Lavinia Chambers. Her godfather was the Prince of Wales (31).

Before 1825. William Owen 1769-1825. Portrait of Georgiana Cottin Baroness Tabley 1794-1859. Before 1825. William Owen 1769-1825. Portrait of Georgiana Cottin Baroness Tabley 1794-1859. Before 1830. Thomas Lawrence 1769-1830. Portrait of Georgiana Cottin Baroness Tabley 1794-1859 known as

In 1795 George Bussy Villiers 4th Earl Jersey 1735-1805 (59) was appointed Master of the Horse to the Prince of Wales, the future King George IV (32).

On 08 Apr 1795 King George IV (32) and [his wife] Caroline of Brunswick Queen Consort England 1768-1821 (26) were married at Chapel Royal St James's Palace. They were first cousins. He a son of King George III of Great Britain and Ireland 1738-1820. She a great granddaughter of King George II of Great Britain and Ireland 1683-1760.

In 1798. Thomas Lawrence 1769-1830. Portrait of Caroline of Brunswick Queen Consort England 1768-1821. 1819. James Lonsdale Painter 1777-1839. Portrait of Caroline of Brunswick Queen Consort England 1768-1821. 1820. James Lonsdale Painter 1777-1839. Portrait of Caroline of Brunswick Queen Consort England 1768-1821.

On 07 Jan 1796 [his daughter] Princess Charlotte Augusta Hanover 1796-1817 was born to King George IV (33) and Caroline of Brunswick Queen Consort England 1768-1821 (27) at Cartlon House. Coefficient of inbreeding 6.31%.

In 1799 [his brother] Ernest Augustus King Hanover 1771-1851 (27) was created 1st Duke Cumberland and Teviotdale.

On 24 Apr 1799 [his brother] Edward Augustus Hanover 1st Duke Kent and Strathearn 1767-1820 (31) was created 1st Duke Kent and Strathearn.

In 1787 Thomas Gainsborough 1727-1788. Portrait of Edward Augustus Hanover 1st Duke Kent and Strathearn 1767-1820.

In 1801 [his brother] Adolphus Hanover 1st Duke Cambridge 1774-1850 (26) was created 1st Duke Cambridge 4C 1801.

On 09 Aug 1801 John Weld Forester 2nd Baron Forester 1801-1874 was born to Cecil Weld Forester 1st Baron Forester 1767-1828 (34) and Katherine Mary Manners Baroness Forester -1829 at Sackville Street. King George IV (38) was his godfather.

On 24 Nov 1801 [his brother] Prince Augustus Frederick Hanover 1st Duke Sussex 1773-1843 (28) was created 1st Duke Sussex. Augusta Murray Duchess Sussex 1768-1830 (33) by marriage Duchess Sussex.

Around 1806 Isabella Anne Ingram Marchioness Hertford 1759-1834 (46) came to the notice of King George IV (43). The Prince visited Isabella Anne Ingram Marchioness Hertford 1759-1834 (46) at Temple Newsam Leeds giving her some Chinese wallpaper and the Moses tapestries.

In 1781 Joshua Reynolds 1723-1788. Portrait of Isabella Anne Ingram Marchioness Hertford 1759-1834. Around 1784 John Hoppner Painter 1758-1810. Portrait of Isabella Anne Ingram Marchioness Hertford 1759-1834.

Funeral of Horatio Nelson

The London Gazette 15881. 09 Jan 1806. Early in the Morning of Thursday the 9th Instant, His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales (43), Their Royal Highnesses the Dukes of the Blood Royal, with several of the Great Officers, and the Nobility and Gentry, in their Carriages; the Relations of the Deceased, with the Officers and others of his Household, the Officers of Armss, and a Number of Naval Officers, in Mourning Coaches, assembled in Hyde Park; having been admitted at Cumberland and Grosvenor Gates upon producing Tickets issued from the College of Arms.; and, having there been marshalled within the Rails, proceeded, One by One, across Piccadilly, into St. James's Park, by the Gate at the top of Constitution Hill, and onwards, through the Horse Guards, to the Admiralty, in the Order in which they were to move in the Procession.

The Chief Mourner, with his Supporters and Train-Bearer, and the several Naval Officers to whom Duties were assigned in the Solemnity, assembled at the Admiralty: the Seamen and Marines of the Victory, the Pensioners from Greenwich Hospital, the Watermen of the Deceased, the Six Conductors, the Messenger of the College of Arms, and the Marshal's-Men, with the Trumpets and Drums, were stationed in the Admiralty Yard.

In 1807 John Hoppner Painter 1758-1810 (48). Portrait of King George IV (44) in his Garter Robes and Leg Garter.

In 1807 Francis Ingram Seymour-Conway 2nd Marquess Hertford 1743-1822 (63) took his wife Isabella Anne Ingram Marchioness Hertford 1759-1834 (47) to Ireland in an attempt to prevent King George IV (44) taking her as a mistress. By the summer King George IV (44) was a regular visitor at Ragley Hall Alcester and Hertford aka Manchester House Manchester Square Marylebone.

On 21 Sep 1808 [his son-in-law] Charles Cavendish-Bentinck 1780-1826 (27) and Georgiana Augusta Frederica Seymour 1782-1813 (26) were married. She a daughter of King George IV of Great Britain and Ireland 1762-1830.

In Dec 1809 Georgiana Elphinstone 1809-1892 was born to George Keith Elphinstone 1st Viscount Keith 1746-1823 (63) and Hester "Queenie" Thrale Viscountess Keith 1764-1857 (45). Her godparents were King George IV (47) and [his half-brother] King William IV of the United Kingdom 1765-1837 (44).

After 1815. George Sanders 1774-1846. Portrait of George Keith Elphinstone 1st Viscount Keith 1746-1823. Before 1825. William Owen 1769-1825. Portrait of George Keith Elphinstone 1st Viscount Keith 1746-1823.

After the death of John Hoppner Painter 1758-1810 on 23 Jan 1810 William Owen 1769-1825 became portrait painter to the Prince of Wales.

On 28 Oct 1811 George Leicester aka Warren 2nd Baron Tabley 1811-1887 was born to John Fleming Leicester 1st Baron Tabley 1762-1827 (49) and Georgiana Cottin Baroness Tabley 1794-1859 (17). King George IV (49) was his godfather. He was educated at Eton College and Christ Church College.

Around 1830. Margaret Sarah Carpenter 1793-1872. Portrait of George Leicester aka Warren 2nd Baron Tabley 1811-1887.

In 1812 James Graham 3rd Duke Montrose 1755-1836 (56) was appointed 637th Knight of the Garter by King George IV (49) during the Regency.

In 1812 Charles Lennox 4th Duke Richmond 1764-1819 (47) was appointed 636th Knight of the Garter by King George IV (49) during the Regency.

In 1812 Henry Pelham Clinton 4th Duke Newcastle under Lyme 1785-1851 (26) was appointed 639th Knight of the Garter by King George IV (49) during the Regency..

In 1812 Francis Charles Seymour-Conway 3rd Marquess Hertford 1777-1842 (34) was appointed 657th Knight of the Garter by King George IV (49).

In 1823. Thomas Lawrence 1769-1830. Portrait of Francis Charles Seymour-Conway 3rd Marquess Hertford 1777-1842.

In 1812 Francis Rawdon-Hastings 1st Marquess Hastings 1754-1826 (57) was appointed 638th Knight of the Garter by King George IV (49) during the Regency.

Around 1784 Thomas Gainsborough 1727-1788. Portrait of Francis Rawdon-Hastings 1st Marquess Hastings 1754-1826. Around 1795 John Hoppner Painter 1758-1810. Portrait of Francis Rawdon-Hastings 1st Marquess Hastings 1754-1826. Before 23 Jan 1810 John Hoppner Painter 1758-1810. Portrait of Francis Rawdon-Hastings 1st Marquess Hastings 1754-1826.

In 1813 Alexander Holstein Gottorp Romanov 1777-1825 (35) was appointed 641st Knight of the Garter by King George IV (50) during the Regency.

In 1813 Arthur Wellesley 1st Duke Wellington 1769-1852 (43) was appointed 640th Knight of the Garter by King George IV (50) during the Regency.

1839. John Lindsay Lucas 1807-1874. Portrait of Arthur Wellesley 1st Duke Wellington 1769-1852. Around 1816. Thomas Lawrence 1769-1830. Portrait of Arthur Wellesley 1st Duke Wellington 1769-1852.

In 1814 Robert Stewart 1st Marquess Londonderry 1739-1821 (74) was appointed 646th Knight of the Garter by King George IV (51) during the Regency.

1757. Anton Raphael Mengs Painter 1728-1779. Portrait of Robert Stewart 1st Marquess Londonderry 1739-1821. Before 10 Feb 1808. Hugh Douglas Hamilton 1740-1808. Portrait of Robert Stewart 1st Marquess Londonderry 1739-1821.

In 1814 Frederick William II King Prussia 1770-1840 (43) was appointed 644th Knight of the Garter by King George IV (51) during the Regency..

In 1814 William Orange Nassau I Prince Orange 1772-1843 (41) was appointed 648th Knight of the Garter by King George IV (51) during the Regency.

In 1814 Robert Jenkinson 2nd Earl Liverpool 1770-1828 (43) was appointed 645th Knight of the Garter by King George IV (51) during the Regency..

Around 1825. Thomas Lawrence 1769-1830. Portrait of Robert Jenkinson 2nd Earl Liverpool 1770-1828.

In 1814 Louis XVIII King France 1755-1824 (58) was appointed 642nd Knight of the Garter by King George IV (51) during the Regency.

In 1814 Ferdinand VII King Spain 1784-1833 (29) was appointed 647th Knight of the Garter by King George IV (51) during the Regency.

In 1815 [his brother] Ernest Augustus King Hanover 1771-1851 (43) and Frederica Mecklenburg Strelitz Queen Consort Hanover 1778-1841 (36) were married. They were half first cousins. He a son of King George III of Great Britain and Ireland 1738-1820. She by marriage Duchess Cumberland and Teviotdale.

In 1816 Leopold Georg Christian Frederick I King Belgium 1790-1865 (25) was appointed 649th Knight of the Garter by King George IV (53) during the Regency.

On 22 Jul 1816 William Frederick Hanover 2nd Duke Gloucester and Edinburgh 1776-1834 (40) and [his sister] Mary Hanover Duchess Gloucester and Edinburgh 1776-1857 (40) were married at St James's Palace. They were first cousins. He a great grandson of King George II of Great Britain and Ireland 1683-1760. She a daughter of King George III of Great Britain and Ireland 1738-1820. [his sister] She by marriage Duchess Gloucester and Edinburgh.

In 1817 Henry Bathurst 3rd Earl Bathurst Sussex 1762-1834 (54) was appointed 650th Knight of the Garter by King George IV (54) during the Regency.

In 1818 Henry William Paget 1st Marquess Anglesey 1768-1854 (49) was appointed 651st Knight of the Garter by King George IV (55) during the Regency.

In 1818. Thomas Lawrence 1769-1830. Portrait of Henry William Paget 1st Marquess Anglesey 1768-1854. Around 1800 John Hoppner Painter 1758-1810. Portrait of Henry William Paget 1st Marquess Anglesey 1768-1854.

On 29 May 1818 [his brother] Edward Augustus Hanover 1st Duke Kent and Strathearn 1767-1820 (50) and Marie Luise Victoria Saxe Coburg Gotha Duchess Kent and Strathearn 1786-1861 (31) were married at Ehrenburg Palace. They were fourth cousins. He a son of King George III of Great Britain and Ireland 1738-1820. She by marriage Duchess Kent and Strathearn.

1841. John Lindsay Lucas 1807-1874. Portrait of Marie Luise Victoria Saxe Coburg Gotha Duchess Kent and Strathearn 1786-1861. 1835. George Hayter 1792-1871. Portrait of Marie Luise Victoria Saxe Coburg Gotha Duchess Kent and Strathearn 1786-1861. Around 1857. Franz Xaver Winterhalter 1805-1873. Portrait of Marie Luise Victoria Saxe Coburg Gotha Duchess Kent and Strathearn 1786-1861. Around 1832. Richard Rothwell Painter 1800-1868. Portrait of Marie Luise Victoria Saxe Coburg Gotha Duchess Kent and Strathearn 1786-1861.

On 01 Jun 1818 [his brother] Adolphus Hanover 1st Duke Cambridge 1774-1850 (44) and Princess Augusta Hesse Kassel Duchess Cambridge 1797-1889 (20) were married. They were second cousins. He a son of King George III of Great Britain and Ireland 1738-1820. She a great granddaughter of King George II of Great Britain and Ireland 1683-1760. She by marriage Duchess Cambridge.

1839. John Lindsay Lucas 1807-1874. Portrait of Princess Augusta Hesse Kassel Duchess Cambridge 1797-1889. 1818. William Beechey 1753-1839. Portrait of Princess Augusta Hesse Kassel Duchess Cambridge 1797-1889.

On 11 Jul 1818 [his half-brother] King William IV of the United Kingdom 1765-1837 (52) and Queen Adelaide of England 1792-1849 (25) were married at Kew. He a son of King George III of Great Britain and Ireland 1738-1820. She by marriage Duchess Clarence and St Andrews.

On 17 Nov 1818 [his mother] Charlotte Mecklenburg Strelitz Queen Consort England 1744-1818 (74) died.

Around 1819 Elizabeth Denison Marchioness Conyngham 1770-1861 (48) replaced Isabella Anne Ingram Marchioness Hertford 1759-1834 (59) as the mistress of King George IV (56).

Before 1830. Thomas Lawrence 1769-1830. Portrait of Elizabeth Denison Marchioness Conyngham 1770-1861.

In 1819 Hugh Percy 3rd Duke Northumberland 1785-1847 (33) was appointed 652nd Knight of the Garter by King George IV (56) during the Regency.

1817. Thomas Phillips 1770-1845. Portrait of Hugh Percy 3rd Duke Northumberland 1785-1847.

On 18 Oct 1819 [his nephew] George Fitzclarence 1st Earl Munster 1794-1842 (25) and Mary Wyndham Countess Munster 1792-1842 (27) were married. He a son of King William IV of the United Kingdom 1765-1837.

In 1820 Richard Temple-Nugent-Brydges-Chandos-Grenville 1st Duke of Buckingham and Chandos 1776-1839 (43) was appointed 653rd Knight of the Garter by King George IV (57).

On 23 Jan 1820 [his brother] Edward Augustus Hanover 1st Duke Kent and Strathearn 1767-1820 (52) died at Woolbrook Cottage Sidmouth.

Death of King George III

On 29 Jan 1820 [his father] King George III (81) died at Windsor Castle. His reign the third longest after Victoria and Elizabeth II. His son King George IV (57) succeeded IV King Great Britain and Ireland. Caroline of Brunswick Queen Consort England 1768-1821 (51) by marriage Queen Consort England.

Coronation of King George IV

On 19 Jul 1821 King George IV (58) was crowned IV King Great Britain and Ireland.

William Cavendish 6th Duke Devonshire 1790-1858 (31) carried the Orb at Westminster Abbey.

Kenneth Alexander Howard 1st Earl Effingham 1767-1845 (53) attended as Deputy Earl Marshal as a result of Henry Howard Molyneux Howard 1766-1824 (54).

Edward Boscawen 1st Earl Falmouth 1787-1841 (34) was created 1st Earl Falmouth 2C 1821.

In 1815. Thomas Lawrence 1769-1830. Portrait of William Cavendish 6th Duke Devonshire 1790-1858.

On 01 Aug 1821 [his wife] Caroline of Brunswick Queen Consort England 1768-1821 (53) died.

Before 18 Oct 1821 William Hay 18th Earl Erroll 1801-1846 and [his niece] Elizabeth Fitzclarence Countess Erroll 1801-1856 were married. She a daughter of King William IV of the United Kingdom 1765-1837. [his niece] She by marriage Countess Erroll.

In 1822 George Cholmondeley 1st Marquess Cholmondeley 1749-1827 (72) was appointed 656th Knight of the Garter by King George IV (59).

In 1822 Frederick VI King Denmark and Norway 1768-1839 (53) was appointed 654th Knight of the Garter by King George IV (59).

On 16 Jul 1823 Thomas Thynne 2nd Marquess Bath 1765-1837 (58) was appointed 658th Knight of the Garter by King George IV (60).

In 1826 Charles Sackville 5th Duke Dorset 1767-1843 (58) was appointed 660th Knight of the Garter by King George IV (63).

In 1827 Brownlow Cecil 2nd Marquess Exeter 1795-1867 (31) was appointed 664th Knight of the Garter by King George IV (64).

In 1827 George William Frederick Osborne 6th Duke Leeds 1775-1838 (51) was appointed 662nd Knight of the Garter by King George IV (64).

In 1827 William Cavendish 6th Duke Devonshire 1790-1858 (36) was appointed 663rd Knight of the Garter by King George IV (64).

In 1829 Charles Gordon Lennox 5th Duke Richmond 1791-1860 (37) was appointed 665th Knight of the Garter by King George IV (66).

In 1829 George Ashburnham 3rd Earl Ashburham 1760-1830 (68) was appointed as 666th Knight of the Garter by King George IV (66).

Before 1830. Thomas Lawrence 1769-1830 (60). Portrait of King George IV (67).

In 1830 William Feilding 6th Earl Desmond 7th Earl Denbigh 1796-1865 (33) was appointed Gentlemen of the Bedchamber to King George IV (67).

Death of King George IV

On 26 Jun 1830 King George IV (67) died. His brother [his half-brother] King William IV of the United Kingdom 1765-1837 (64) succeeded IV King Great Britain and Ireland. Queen Adelaide of England 1792-1849 (37) by marriage Queen Consort England.

On 02 Mar 1835 Francis Lorraine II Holy Roman Emperor 1768- (67) was appointed 643rd Knight of the Garter by King George IV (72) during the Regency. at Vienna.

Death of Princess Charlotte

My Recollections by Adeline Horsey Countess Cardigan 1824 1915 Chapter V: Country House Visits. After my dear mother's death I visited a great deal with my father (53), and one year we went for the shooting to Lord Huntingfield's place, Heveningham Hall. I slept in the bedroom once occupied by the famous Chevalier d'Éon, who had been a frequent guest at Heveningham, and about whom there were many stories told. It was said that the Chevalier was the one and only lover of cross-grained [his mother] Queen Charlotte (98), and that her son, George IV (80), was the result of their intimacy, although his paternity was of course admitted by King George III. The animosity always displayed by the old [his mother] Queen (98) to her grand-daughter, Princess Charlotte (46), was supposed to arise from the fact that as heiress to the throne she innocently dispossessed the other Royal Dukes from the succession. It is certainly a fact that the Princess's (46) untimely death in childbirth was attributed to foul play at the time, and when later the accoucheur Sir Richard Croft (80), committed suicide, all classes of society were loud in condemnation of the [his mother] Queen (98) and the Prince Regent (80). I do not vouch for the accuracy of [his mother] Queen Charlotte's (98) love affair. I only give the Heveningham gossip as I heard it.

As D'Eon was undoubtedly one of the most picturesque and mysterious personages ot the eighteenth century I was naturally interested in these somewhat scandalous stories.

The Chevalier died when he was eighty-three years of age, after a most extraordinary career. He was at one time aide-de-camp to the Comte de Broglie, and fought in the French army; but later on for some mysterious reason he discarded man's attire and passed as a woman for thirty-four years. Often when I went into my room I half expected to see a ghostly figure seated at the escritoire where the Chevalier wrote his secret cipher communications, and I wondered whether the brocade crowns and frills and furbelows that he wore as a woman had ever hung in the old wardrobe which I used.

My father and I also stayed with the Westmorlands at Apethorpe Hall; we visited the Earl (38) and Countess of Chichester (36) at Stanmer Park, and we were welcome guests at Cadlands, Silverlands, Chiswick House, West Park, and my uncle Lord Stradbroke's place, Henham Hall, which was afterwards burnt down.

I had visited Deene Park with my mother in 1842, but I must deal with my future home in the chapter devoted to Deene and its associations.

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