Prince George of Denmark
|George of Denmark|
|Duke of Cumberland|
Portrait by Michael Dahl, c. 1705
|Consort of the British monarch|
|Tenure||8 March 1702 – 28 October 1708|
|Born||[a]2 April 1653|
Copenhagen Castle, Denmark
|Died||28 October 1708 (aged 55)|
Kensington Palace, London, England, Great Britain
|Burial||13 November 1708|
Anne, Queen of Great Britain (m. 1683)
|Prince William, Duke of Gloucester|
|Father||Frederick III of Denmark|
|Mother||Sophie Amalie of Brunswick-Lüneburg|
Prince George of Denmark and Norway, Duke of Cumberland (2 April 1653 – 28 October 1708), was the husband of Anne, Queen of Great Britain.
Life[change | change source]
In 1674, George was a candidate to be elected King of Poland. King Louis XIV of France wanted him to be elected. George was a Lutheran, but Poland was Roman Catholic, so John Sobieski was chosen instead.
Because George was Protestant, people thought he would be a good husband for Anne, Queen of Great Britain. She was just Lady Anne at the time. George and Anne were married on 28 July 1683. The wedding was in the Chapel Royal at St James's Palace, London. The guests included King Charles II, Queen Catherine, and the Duke and Duchess of York.
When King William III died in 1702, Anne became queen.
George died on 28 October 1708. Anne lived until 1714.
Titles, styles, honours and arms[change | change source]
Titles[change | change source]
- 2 April 1653 – 10 April 1689: His Royal Highness Prince George of Denmark and Norway
- 10 April 1689 – 28 October 1708: His Royal Highness Prince George of Denmark and Norway, Duke of Cumberland
Honours[change | change source]
Arms[change | change source]
The royal coat of arms of Denmark with a label of three points Argent, each with three Ermine points. The whole surmounted by a crown of a prince of Denmark. His crest was "out of a coronet Or, a demi-lion rampant guardant Azure, crowned of the first".
Children[change | change source]
|1||Stillborn daughter||12 May 1684|
|2||Mary||2 June 1685||8 February 1687|
|3||Anne Sophia||12 May 1686||2 February 1687|
|4||Miscarriage||21 January 1687|
|5||Stillborn son||22 October 1687|
|6||Miscarriage||16 April 1688|
|7||William, Duke of Gloucester||24 July 1689||30 July 1700|
|8||Mary||14 October 1690|
|9||George||17 April 1692|
|10||Stillborn daughter||23 March 1693|
|11||Stillborn child||21 January 1694[b]|
|12||Miscarried daughter||17 or 18 February 1696|
|13||Miscarriage||20 September 1696[c]|
|14||Miscarriage||25 March 1697|
|15||Miscarriage||early December 1697[d]|
|16||Stillborn son||15 September 1698|
|17||Stillborn son||24 January 1700|
Ancestry[change | change source]
Notes[change | change source]
- The date is occasionally given as 29 February, 21 April or 11 November 1653, but 2 April is the date on his coffin plate.
- Narcissus Luttrell, who wrote at the time, did not say whether the child was a boy or a girl. He said only that Anne "miscarried of a dead child". Modern historians Edward Gregg and Alison Weir do not agree on whether it was a son or possibly a daughter.
- Luttrell said Anne "miscarried of a son". Dr Nathaniel Johnson told Theophilus Hastings, 7th Earl of Huntingdon, in a letter dated 24 October 1696, "Her Royal Highness miscarried of two children, the one of seven months' growth, the other of two or three months, as her physicians and midwife judged: one was born the day after the other." If so, the smaller foetus was probably a blighted twin.
- According to L'Hermitage, the Dutch resident in London, Anne miscarried twins who were "too early to determine their sex". Other sources say the pregnancy ended in a stillborn son, or "two male children, at least as far as could be recognised".
References[change | change source]
- Weir, p. 267
- Wójcik, p. 215
- Beatty, p. 103
- Speck, W. A. (2004). "George, prince of Denmark and duke of Cumberland (1653–1708)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/10543. Retrieved 6 October 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) (subscription or UK public library membership required)
- Green, p. 34; Gregg, p. 34
- "No. 2443". The London Gazette. 11 April 1689. p. 2.
- Matikkala, p. 239
- "No. 1891". The London Gazette. 31 December 1683. p. 2.
- Pinches and Pinches, p. 288
- Fisher, p. 355; Green, p. 335; Gregg, p. 36; Weir, p. 268
- Fisher, p. 355; Green, p. 335; Gregg, pp. 46–47; Weir, p. 268
- Fisher, p. 355; Gregg, pp. 46–47; Weir, p. 268
- Calendar of State Papers Domestic Series: James II (1964). London: HMSO, vol. II, p. 347; Gregg, p. 46; Weir, p. 268
- Gregg, p. 52; Weir, p. 268
- Green, p. 335; Gregg, p. 55; Weir, p. 268
- Fisher, p. 355; Green, pp. 54, 335; Gregg, pp. 72, 120; Weir, p. 268
- Green, p. 335; Gregg, p. 80; Weir, p. 268
- Fisher, p. 355; Green, pp. 62, 335; Gregg, p. 90; Weir, p. 268
- Gregg, p. 99; Luttrell, vol. III, p. 62: Weir, p. 268
- Luttrell, vol. III, p. 258
- Gregg, p. 100
- Weir, p. 269
- Luttrell, vol. IV, p. 20
- Gregg, p. 107
- Green, p. 335
- Luttrell, vol. IV, p. 114; Gregg, p. 108
- Bickley, Francis (ed.) (1930). Historical Manuscripts Commission: The Hastings Manuscripts. London: HMSO, vol. II, p. 286
- Emson, H. E. (23 May 1992). "For The Want Of An Heir: The Obstetrical History Of Queen Anne", British Medical Journal, vol. 304, no. 6838, pp. 1365–1366 (subscription required)
- Green, p. 335; Gregg, p. 108
- Green, p. 335; Luttrell, vol. IV, p. 316
- Gregg, p. 116
- Somerset, p. 156
- Green, p. 335; Luttrell, vol. IV, p. 428; Weir, p. 269
- Gregg, p. 120; Luttrell, vol. IV, p. 607
- Paget, pp. 110–112
Sources[change | change source]
- Beatty, Michael A. (2003). The English Royal Family of America, from Jamestown to the American Revolution. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland. ISBN 0-7864-1558-4.
- Churchill, Winston S. (1947) [1933–34]. Marlborough: His Life and Times. London: George G. Harrop & Co.
- Fisher, George (1832). A Genealogical Companion and Key to the History of England. Part III. Book I. London: Simpkin & Marshall.
- Green, David (1970). Queen Anne. London: Collins. ISBN 0-00-211693-6.
- Gregg, Edward (2001). Queen Anne. New Haven and London: Yale University Press. ISBN 0-300-09024-2.
- Luttrell, Narcissus (1857). A Brief Historical Relation of State Affairs from September 1678 to April 1714. Oxford: University Press.
- Matikkala, Antti (2008). The Orders of Knighthood and the Formation of the British Honours System 1660–1760. Rochester, New York: Boydell Press. ISBN 978-1-84383-423-6.
- Paget, Gerald (1977). The Lineage & Ancestry of HRH Prince Charles, Prince of Wales. London & Edinburgh: Charles Skilton. OCLC 632784640.
- Pinches, John Harvey; Pinches, Rosemary (1974). The Royal Heraldry of England. Heraldry Today. Slough, Buckinghamshire: Hollen Street Press. ISBN 0-900455-25-X.
- Somerset, Anne (2012). Queen Anne: The Politics of Passion. London: HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0-00-720376-5.
- Weir, Alison (1995). Britain's Royal Families: The Complete Genealogy, Revised Edition. London: Random House. ISBN 0-7126-7448-9.
- Wójcik, Zbigniew (1983). Jan Sobieski, 1629–1696. Warsaw: Państwowy Instytut Wydawniczy. ISBN 83-06-00888-X. (in Polish)
Other websites[change | change source]
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Prince George of Denmark.|
- Portraits of George, Prince of Denmark at the National Portrait Gallery, London
- Letter from Prince George to James II, 23 November 1688, withdrawing his support
Prince George of DenmarkBorn: 2 April 1653 Died: 28 October 1708
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