Special 101: King George IV

On Friday, I went to Buckingham Palace with my mum. The Palace was designed by King George IV.

And then I realised, I haven’t done a Monarch 101 for ages!

So, for a special Buckingham Palace 101, let’s talk about the creator of Buckingham Palace, George IV!

fat guy

This guy…. is FAT! He’s REALLY, REALLY FAT! His portrait showed him like a normal size man, but in reality he was FAT!

However, he was a great architect, designing Brighton Pavilion and Buckingham Palace. If you go to Buckingham Palace, you will see lots of George IV portraits.

As a young man, George was forced into the spotlight when his father, George III went mad.

So anyway, George IV became Prince Regent, and things went ‘pretty well’.

Of COURSE NOT! In 1785, he illegally married a Catholic, Maria Fitzherbert, without the king knowing. But 10 years later, the king chose a wife from Germany to help George pay off his dept. AND George didn’t like her. And when he became King, he banned her from his coronation.

As King, his reign was pretty solid except the war of 1814 with America. This war was significant in American history. When he died, he wasn’t mourned and one newspaper even insulted him, saying “There never was an individual less regretted by his fellow creatures than this deceased king”. Bit harsh.


9 thoughts on “Special 101: King George IV

  1. Was he the one that someone wrote about when he died:

    Here lies our sovereign George the king
    Whose word no man relies on
    He never said a foolish thing
    Or ever did a wise one

    Or was that the epitaph for Charles II? Er…. back to the history books…

    1. Not an epitaph, but a satirical poem. First line is “Here lies our sovereign lord the king”. This was supposedly written on the bedchamber door of Charles II by the Earl of Rochester, one of Charles closest friends (fortunately for Rochester!). Charles’ reprted response was even more memorable – “This is quite true for my words are my own, but my actions are my ministers”

  2. I have learned something new. I had always believed that George was only a patron of the arts and left the actual planning and execution to others like Nash and Holland. Thank you for putting me straight.

  3. I wrote a post about my visit with Ben to Buckingham Palace in this post Magnificent Display at Buckingham Palace.

    We visited the same place but we were attracted by different things. It was a wonderful day for us and I also stood at the Music Room, where the new royal baby boy George will be baptised. It’s a rather small room overlooking a huge garden.

    Inside the Palace, we also saw the Queen’s Coronation ceremony in colour. I believe people used to watch the Coronation on a black-and-white television. It was very interesting to see the event 60 years ago in full colour.

  4. Do you know that Maria Fitzherbert was local to you? There’s some information about her in one of the pubs in the town centre – but you’ll have to wait until you’re 18 to go and read it!

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