King George IV of the United Kingdom
(1762-1830)

father and 2nd King of the United Kingdom (1820-1830)

Died aged 67

George IV (George Augustus Frederick; 12 August 1762 – 26 June 1830) was King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and of Hanover following the death of his father, George III, on 29 January 1820, until his own death ten years later. From 1811 until his accession, he served as Prince Regent during his father's final mental illness. George IV led an extravagant lifestyle that contributed to the fashions of the Regency era. He was a patron of new forms of leisure, style and taste. He commissioned John Nash to build the Royal Pavilion in Brighton and remodel Buckingham Palace, and Sir Jeffry Wyattville to rebuild Windsor Castle. His charm and culture earned him the title "the first gentleman of England", but his poor relationship with both his father and his wife, Caroline of Brunswick, and his dissolute way of life, earned him the contempt of the people and dimmed the prestige of the monarchy. He even forbade Caroline to attend his coronation and asked the government to introduce the unpopular Pains and Penalties Bill in a desperate, unsuccessful attempt to divorce her. For most of George's regency and reign, Lord Liverpool controlled the government as Prime Minister, with little help from George. His ministers found his behaviour selfish, unreliable and irresponsible. At all times he was much under the influence of favourites. Taxpayers were angry at his wasteful spending at a time when Britons were fighting in the Napoleonic Wars. He did not provide national leadership in time of crisis, nor act as a role model for his people. Liverpool's government presided over Britain's ultimate victory, negotiated the peace settlement, and attempted to deal with the social and economic malaise that followed. After Liverpool's retirement, George was forced to accept Catholic emancipation despite opposing it. His only child, Princess Charlotte, died before him in 1817 and so he was succeeded by his younger brother, William.

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Commemorated on 4 plaques

George IV Prince of Wales 1762-1830 met his bride at the assembly rooms on this site

Cecil Square, Margate, United Kingdom where they was

The Dome built 1803-1808 as the royal stables for George, Prince of Wales. Architect William Porden

The Dome, Brighton, United Kingdom where they owned

The Pillared Houses. The Prince of Wales lodged here in 1806 when visiting the races. William Lindley architect 1801

19-21 South Parade, Doncaster, United Kingdom where they stayed (1806)

King George's Rest commemorating George IV's visit to Ross in 1821

, Ross-on-Wye, United Kingdom where they visited (1821)