The arrival of a baby at any time is a joyous event and with the arrival of the latest royal baby girl, Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, we simply had to take a quick look back at the children of King George III and his consort Queen Charlotte. They produced a staggering 15 children. So here’s a brief look at them all through their portraits.
1. Their eldest child and first in line to the throne was George, later to become the notorious King George IV (1762 – 1830). As you may know, George, Prince of Wales, was named as the father of our favourite Georgian courtesan Grace Dalrymple Elliott’s daughter, but that’s another story, with Prince George featuring in our book An Infamous Mistress.
2. Frederick, Duke of York, now gave the couple the requisite ‘heir and a spare’. (1763 – 1827).
At number 3 we have William, who would eventually become William IV (1765-1837). So the monarchy was safe, ‘an heir and now 2 spares’.
As if three children weren’t enough the couple produced their first daughter, Charlotte, The Princess Royal (1766 – 1828).
The couples fifth child was to be yet another son, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn (1767 – 1820). In due time, Edward’s daughter Victoria would ascend to the throne, and you can discover more about Queen Victoria and her descendants here.
At number six and almost a year to the day, Augusta Sophia was to make her appearance into the royal family, followed by their seventh child, another daughter, Princess Elizabeth (1770 – 1840).
Numbers eight & nine were Prince Ernest (1771 – 1851) and Prince Augustus Frederick (1773-1843), who was to become the 1st Duke of Sussex, the title being conferred upon him on November 24th, 1801. This was the last time this title was used, but it is rumoured to be the one that will be conferred upon Prince Harry when he marries.
These two were followed a year later by their tenth child Prince Adolphus (1774 – 1850). At number eleven there was Princess Mary, Duchess of Gloucester (1776 – 1857) and at twelve, Princess Sophia (1777 – 1848).
At thirteen we have the young Prince Octavius (1779 – 1783) whose life was tragically cut short only six months after the death of his younger brother Prince Alfred. To find out more about the tragically short lives of Octavius and Alfred and the Queen’s mysterious pregnancies click on this link.
14. Prince Alfred (1780 – 1782)
Finally, at number fifteen there was Princess Amelia (1783 – 1810).
Our final offering, King George III, Queen Charlotte, the group portrait, accompanied by their surviving 13 children.