Born George Augustus Frederick on August 12th of 1762, George IV was the king of England from 1820 until his death. Prior to being the king, he also served as the Prince Regent while his father fell in to a vat of insanity. During this time period, George IV served as Prince Regent for a period of nine years that started in 1811 until his father’s death. When George III died in 1820, George IV took the throne as the monarch of the United Kingdom.
Although by this time the parliament was in full control of the rule of England and the Monarch was nothing more than a symbol of history and pride, George IV was stubborn as he was quite often found to be meddling in political affairs to which he had no reason to be.
King George IV was by no means a small king. Weighing in at 245 pounds and by 1824 featuring a waistline of more then 50 inches, he maintained an extravagant lifestyle which led to some immense weight gain. During his rule, he commissioned the construction of the Royal Pavilion, Buckingham Palace’s remodelling as well as the rebuilding of Windsor Castle.
Before King George III succumbed to insanity, George IV, the Prince of Wales led and exuberant lifestyle and quickly exhausted large sums of money which led to many issues between him and his father. Although the parliament was specifically banned from doing so, they called a meeting to discuss the Regency in which the Prince of Wales was chosen seeing as though it was an hereditary right.
As the debts continued to soar, his father King George III openly refused to assist him unless he was to marry his cousin who was Caroline of Brunswick. Agreeing to this demand, George III and Caroline were married in April of 1795. Throughout his life he had also fathered a great number of illegitimate children even after marriage to Caroline.
By the time that Prince George finally took to the throne, his relationship with Caroline had degraded significantly and although they had separated back in 1796, she returned for his coronation but King George IV refused to recognise her as the Queen of England. Furthermore, he had her name removed from the Church of England as well as prevented any foreign country from recognising her as the Queen. He also went as far as debating the possibility of a divorce but his personal advisors changed his mind for the fact that his personal adulterous lifestyle would be brought into the public’s prying eyes. Only a year afterwards, Caroline would fall ill and die. Today there is still a belief that she was poisoned.
Although much of his life as the king was spent in seclusion at Windsor Castle, he would constantly be found interfering with politics which was of course not allowed. It was at this time that the Catholic Emancipation was attempting to be pushed through Parliament, but with all of King George’s interference this was becoming a hassle.
By the end of the 1820’s between his heavy eating and increased weight, King George was also becoming a heavy drinker and this was beginning to really take its toll on George IV’s body. He was suffering from gout, cataracts, arteriosclerosis as well as many other things.
It was just after three o’clock in the morning of June 26th 1830 that King George IV would call out, “Good God, what is this?" As his page clasped his hands, George looked at him and stated, “My boy, this is death!” and passed away. Since all of his legitimate children had passed away, the only person left to take the throne upon his death was his brother Prince William who would become King William IV.
Original Authors: Nick (Globel Team)
Edit Update Authors: M.A.Harris
Updated On: 14/08/2008