Charlotte’s Family: George IV


George IV

George Augustus Frederick (12 August 1762 – 26 June 1830), the eldest son of George III of the United Kingdom and Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Stirlitz, Prince of Wales (1762 – 1810), Prince Regent (1810 – 1820) and King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland as George IV (1820 – 1830) and of Hanover (1820 – 1830), Charlotte’s father

His mother [Queen Charlotte] urged him to display “the highest love, affection and duty towards the King”; but it became increasingly difficult to display these feelings to a father so obstinately determined to misunderstand him. The King was aware that his sons, as they grew into manhood, were full-blooded, passionate inquisistive, filled with a zest for life; and he accordingly gave orders that they must be sheltered from the world, and live a simple, spartan life (as he had done), being taught the virtues of hard work and regular hours. Their tutors were ordered to punish them for laziness, untruthfulness and disobedience, and punishment was corporal: the princes were held down and flogged with a long whip – ‘like dogs’, said one of their sisters.’

An extract from ‘Prinny’s Daughter: A Biography Of Princess Charlotte of Wales’ by Thea Holme

Picture: Portrait of The Prince of Wales in 1790 by John Russell taken from|-John-Russell-RA

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