Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen

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Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen
Portrait by Sir William Beechey, c.1831
Queen consort of the United Kingdom
and Hanover
Tenure26 June 1830 – 20 June 1837
Coronation8 September 1831
Born(1792-08-13)13 August 1792
Meiningen, Duchy of Saxe-Meiningen
Died2 December 1849(1849-12-02) (aged 57)
Bentley Priory, Middlesex, England
Burial13 December 1849
William IV of the United Kingdom
(m. 1818; died 1837)
Full name
Adelaide Amelia Louise Theresa Caroline
German: Adelheid Amalie Luise Therese Caroline
FatherGeorg I, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen
MotherLouise Eleonore of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
SignatureAdelaide of Saxe-Meiningen's signature

Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen (13 August 1792 – 2 December 1849) was the wife of King William IV of the United Kingdom. She was the daughter of George I, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen, and Luise Eleonore of Hohenlohe-Langenburg.

Life[change | change source]

Adelaide was born on 13 August 1792 at Meiningen, Thuringia, Germany. She was the first child of George I, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen and Luise Eleonore. At her baptism, she had twenty-one godparents, including:

On 11 July 1818, Adelaide married Prince William, Duke of Clarence. It was a double wedding with William's younger brother, Prince Edward Augustus, Duke of Kent and Strathearn, and Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld. When they married, William was second in line for the throne. He became first in line when his brother, Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany, died in 1827. William and Adelaide became King and Queen of the United Kingdom when William's older brother, king George IV died in 1830.

William and Adelaide were King and Queen until William died in 1837. Adelaide died on 2 December 1849, aged 57.

Things named after Adelaide[change | change source]

The following are some of the things named after Adelaide:

Settlements[change | change source]

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Children[change | change source]

Name Birth Death Notes
Princess Charlotte of Clarence 27 March 1819 Died a few hours after being baptised, in Hanover.[3]
Stillborn child 5 September 1819 Born dead at Calais[4] or Dunkirk.[3]
Princess Elizabeth of Clarence 10 December 1820 4 March 1821 Born and died at St James's Palace.[3]
Stillborn twin boys 8 April 1822 Born dead at Bushy Park.[5]

Ancestry[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. Sandars, p.17
  2. Rodney Cockburn, South Australia What's in a Name? Adelaide: Axiom Publishing. 3rd Edition. Reprinted 2002 Pg 3.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Weir, pp. 303–304.
  4. Ziegler, p. 126
  5. Ziegler, pp. 126–127.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 Genealogie ascendante jusqu'au quatrieme degre inclusivement de tous les Rois et Princes de maisons souveraines de l'Europe actuellement vivans [Genealogy up to the fourth degree inclusive of all the Kings and Princes of sovereign houses of Europe currently living] (in French). Bourdeaux: Frederic Guillaume Birnstiel. 1768. p. 104.

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Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen
Cadet branch of the House of Wettin
Born: 13 August 1792 Died: 2 December 1849
British royalty
Title last held by
Caroline of Brunswick
Queen consort of the United Kingdom
Title next held by
Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
as Prince consort
Queen consort of Hanover
Succeeded by
Frederica of Mecklenburg-Strelitz