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Saturday, November 10, 2012
King George II of Britain is born - 1683
King George II of
Britain is born on November 10, 1683 in Hanover, Germany.
He was the
last British monarch born outside Great Britain. In 1701, his grandmother, Sophia
of Hanover, became second-in-line to the British throne. After her death, and
that of Queen Anne, in 1714, his father George I, Elector of Hanover, inherited
the British throne. In the first years of his father's reign as king, young George
was associated with opposition politicians, until they re-joined the governing
party in 1720. He ascended to throne of Britain upon the death of his father
George I on June 11, 1727 and was crowned at Westminster Abbey in October 1727.
As king George II exercised little control over British domestic policy, which
was largely controlled by Parliament. As elector, he spent 12 summers in
Hanover, where he had more direct control over government policy. He had a
difficult relationship with his eldest son, Fredrick, who supported the
parliamentary opposition. During the War of Austrian Succession, George II participated
at the battle of Dettingen (1743), and thus became the last British monarch to
lead an army in battle. In 1745, supporters of the Catholic claimant to the
British throne, James Francis Edward Stuart (The Old Pretender), led by James's
son Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie), attempted and failed to
depose George in the last of the Jacobite rebellions. After Prince Frederick
died unexpectedly in 1751, George's grandson, George III, became heir and
ultimately king. For two centuries after his death on October 25, 1760, history
tended to view George II with disdain, concentrating on his mistresses, short
temper, and boorishness. Since then, some scholars have re-assessed his legacy
and conclude that he held and exercised influence in foreign policy and
Michael Thomas Barry is the author of Great Britain’s Royal Tombs: A
Guide to the Lives & Burial Places of British Monarchs
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