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George IV
George IV
Portrait of King George IV, circa 1815

Full Name

George Augustus Frederick

Born

August 12, 1762

Died

October 24, 1817

King of Great Britain

1809-1817

Spouse

Caroline of Brunswick

Children

1

Parents

George III, Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

George IV (born George Augustus Frederick; August 12, 1762- October 24, 1817) was the King of Great Britain from 1809 until his death. His reign saw the postwar devastation of Britain after the Second Seven Years War, known for its martial law, rioting, depression, and food shortages. While seen as a monarchial failure that led directly to the October Revolution in 1817 that overthrew the British Monarchy (George willingly appointed Arthur Wellesley Prime Minister), historians have taken a softer view. They see George IV as put in between a rock and a hard place, and that no one could have performed better under these circumstances.