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George IV and Mrs. Fitzherbert

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George IV and Mrs. Fitzherbert

Post  Elena on Wed Nov 09, 2011 11:59 pm



From History and Other Thoughts:

http://historyandotherthoughts.blogspot.com/2011/11/george-prince-of-wales-secretly-weds.html
The Royal Marriages Act, a law passed by George's father, stated that members of the Royal Family couldn't marry without the King's consent. In addition, Maria was a Catholic and the English law banned those in the line of succession to the throne from marrying a Catholic. But in this case the saying "out of sight, out of mind" didn't prove true for Prinny. He was still in love with Maria, who, tired of spending time on the continent, returned to London in November 1785. She now agreed to marry him properly. On 15th December 1785, in her London home, the couple was married by Mr Bart, an Anglican priest. It was rumoured that he agreed to celebrate the wedding because the Prince had promised to pay his debts or even bail him out of prison.

The Devonshires had been invited to the wedding but thought best not to go. Instead, the bride's brother Jack Smythe and uncle Henry Errington served as witnesses. Although the marriage was null and void by English law, both the Catholic and Anglican Churches considered it legal and, for the rest of her life, Maria considered herself George's true wife. After living together (but not openly) for several years, the Prince, who had extravagant tastes and spent lavishly, was forced by the government to marry Princess Caroline of Brunswick and beget an hair in exchange for his debts being paid off. The marriage was a disaster though and Prinny continued to see Maria. When he died he wore a miniature of her. He was buried with it.

More here:
http://teaattrianon.blogspot.com/2008/09/mrs-fitzherbert.html
http://teaattrianon.blogspot.com/2009/07/maria-fitzherberts-house.html
http://teaattrianon.blogspot.com/2008/02/madness-of-king-george-1994.html


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Post  May on Thu Nov 10, 2011 5:44 pm

Morganatic marriages always intrigue me. Smile
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Post  Mata Hari on Sat Nov 12, 2011 8:47 pm

Me, too. I love you

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Post  Christina Croft on Sun Nov 20, 2011 8:01 pm

It is interesting that Queen Victoria did not see a distinction between morgantic or any other marriage. As she said, "Either they are married or they are not...."
(Having said that, when her son-in-law the Grand Duke of Hesse married his mistress whom the Queen - and many others! - viewed as an adventuress - the Queen was quick to arrange have the marriage annulled!).
George IV wasn't such a victim in all of this (he wasn't so much pressurised by the government into marrying Caroline, but rather because he was eager to silence his creditors and settle his debts!!). He also had a habit of threatening to kill himself if Mrs. Fitzherbert (or any other of his lovers) did not do as he asked....Basically, he behaved like a spoilt little boy who blamed everyone else for his misfortunes. He seemed to live in a fantasy world and - apparently - by the end of his life believed that he personally had won the Battle of Waterloo (although he wasn't there!). I don't honestly believe he was capable of loving anyone because he remained to immature....
On the positive side, he had some brilliant ideas for improving the appearance London - largely because he was in competition with Napoleon - and he created Regent's Park and made vast improvements to many of the buildings...For that I appreciate him!

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Post  Elena on Sun Nov 20, 2011 8:09 pm

Great reflections! I am sure you are right!! flower

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