November 25th. 1743 at Leicester House in London.
His parents were Frederick, Prince of Wales and Princess Augusta
His grandparents were inter alia King George II and Caroline of
On October 25th. 1760, Prince William's brother succeeded his
father as King George III.
On November 19th. 1764, Prince William was styled Duke of
Gloucester and Edinburgh and Earl of Connaught.
Love and Marriage
In 1764, Prince William began to court Maria Walpole, the
Dowager Countess of Waldegrave.
In 1766, he and Maria maria married in secret in his home on
the Pall Mall.
This marriage only became known to the King after the passing
of the Royal Marriages Act 1772. The couple would have 3
children. He also had a illegitimate daughter, born with his
However, their marriage was valid, Maria never was received
at court due to the anger of the King.
Prince William initially wished for active service in the military,
but due to his health and his intelligence, this wasn't a great
However in 1766, he was appointed colonel of the 13th
Regiment of the Foot.
In 1767 he was promoted to major-general. He also was made
the 13th. Chancellor of Trinity College, Dublin in 1771. He held
this post until 1805.
With the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War, the Duke
hoped for a field command but King George refused.
The Duke died at Gloucester House in London on August 25th. 1805.
He was buried at St. George 's Chapel in Windsor on
September 4th. 1805.
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