Susan here — let’s take a light look at the Prince Regent — the namesake of our beloved Regency period. Born in 1762, died 1830, King George the 4th (Prince Regent) was one of 15 children. The oldest son of King George the 3rd, he did not follow his father’s conservative ways. He was Prince Regent from 1811 to 1920, and then king for ten years.
Age he “left home”: 18
Favorite vacation spot: Brighton
Age at ascension to the Regency: 49
Age at ascension to the throne: 57
Number of concurrent marriages: 2 (Maria Fitzherbert, Caroline of Brunswick)
hated: flat roofs
Took unjust credit for: British victory in Spain, and the overthrow of Napoleon
Was firmly convinced that: he fought in the Battle of Waterloo
Favorite authors: Jane Austen, Sir Walter Scott
Famous book dedicated to him: Emma, by Austen
Waist measurement: 50″ (1824)
Health problems: gout, arteriosclerosis, dropsy, and possibly porphyria
Information about George the 4th (the Prince Regent) is accessible and understandable. I recommend a brief study of his life to better frame your Regency knowledge.
Who’s your favorite historical figure of the Regency?
Before I start, I’d like to break some news. The Duchess of Cambridge is with babe again!!! The future king will now have a sibling.
With the Succession Act passed in 2011 and all the hold outs territories of St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Canada changing their laws to allow a female to become ruler regardless of a subsequent male sibling, a baby George had been Georgette, she would someday be Queen of England. For now this new baby male or female will fourth in line to the throne.
NEW LINE OF SUCCESSION
Prince George (William and Catherine’s son)
The Lady Louise Windsor
Yeah progress. However, back in the Regency we so love, females taking their father’s position was rare, even more so for the lower titles.
Take a look at this list:
Upon the death of the title holder, the title passes in this order:
Eldest son’s eldest son
Eldest son’s eldest son’s eldest son (until there are none left)
Second son’s eldest son (until this is exhausted)
Any remaining son in order of birth
Eldest brother of the title holder
Eldest brother’s eldest son (or any other son until this is exhausted)
Second eldest brother (and so on until this is exhausted)
Eldest surviving male descended from the original title holder
Notice the lack of females. Titles were typically passed to males, not females. However, there have been rare exceptions. The 2nd Duchess of Marlborough, Henrietta Churchill is one. The 1st Duke of Marlborough was given special permission in 1706 to pass his title to his daughter. He was a war hero with no living sons. She became the Duchess of Marlborough in 1722.
So when ever you hear never, always realize that there may be some obscure exception lurking in the annals of history. In my latest release coming September 29th, Swept Away, Charlotte Downing is given her father’s title in this retelling of Cinderella with a Twist.
If you could inherit any title other than King or Queen what would it be? I for one, fancy duchess. The Duchess of Georgiaporchdom. What about you?