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!
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.