Person:George II of Great Britain (1)

King George II _____, of Great Britain
Facts and Events
Name[1] King George II _____, of Great Britain
Unknown[1] George Augustus _____
Gender Male
Birth[1][3] 30 Oct 1683 Herrenhausen, Hannover, Preußen, GermanyHouse of Hanover
Marriage 22 Aug 1705 Herrenhausen, Hannover, Preußen, Germanyto Caroline of Ansbach
Marriage Cohabitation?
to Amalie von Wallmoden, Countess of Yarmouth
Other[2] 11 Oct 1727 Westminster Abbey, Westminster, Middlesex, EnglandCoronation
Death[1][3] 25 Oct 1760 Kensington Palace, London, England
Burial[3] Westminster Abbey, Westminster, Middlesex, England
Reference Number? Q131981?

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George II (George Augustus; ; 30 October / 9 November 1683 – 25 October 1760) was King of Great Britain and Ireland, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg (Hanover) and a prince-elector of the Holy Roman Empire from 11 June 1727 (O.S.) until his death in 1760.

Born and brought up in northern Germany, George is the most recent British monarch born outside Great Britain. The Act of Settlement 1701 and the Acts of Union 1707 positioned his grandmother, Sophia of Hanover, and her Protestant descendants to inherit the British throne. After the deaths of Sophia and Anne, Queen of Great Britain, in 1714, his father, the Elector of Hanover, became George I of Great Britain. In the first years of his father's reign as king, George was associated with opposition politicians until they rejoined the governing party in 1720.

As king from 1727, George exercised little control over British domestic policy, which was largely controlled by the Parliament of Great Britain. As elector he spent twelve summers in Hanover, where he had more direct control over government policy. He had a difficult relationship with his eldest son, Frederick, who supported the parliamentary opposition. During the War of the Austrian Succession, George participated at the Battle of Dettingen in 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 ("The Young Pretender" or "Bonnie Prince Charlie"), attempted and failed to depose George in the last of the Jacobite rebellions. Frederick died suddenly in 1751, nine years before his father; George was succeeded by Frederick's eldest son, George III.

For two centuries after George II's death, history tended to view him with disdain, concentrating on his mistresses, short temper, and boorishness. Since then, reassessment of his legacy has led scholars to conclude that he exercised more influence in foreign policy and military appointments than previously thought.

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Beatty, Michael A. The English Royal Family of America: from Jamestown to the American Revolution. (McFarland, 2003)
    pg. 127.
  2. Beatty, Michael A. The English Royal Family of America: from Jamestown to the American Revolution. (McFarland, 2003)
    pg. 130.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 George II of Great Britain, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.

    b. 30 October / 10 November 1683 (O.S./N.S.) Herrenhausen Palace, Hanover

  4.   George II Augustus Hanover, King of Great Britain, in Lundy, Darryl. The Peerage: A genealogical survey of the peerage of Britain as well as the royal families of Europe.
  5.   Cokayne, George Edward, and Vicary Gibbs; et al. The complete peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, extant, extinct, or dormant [2nd ed.]. (London: St. Catherine Press, 1910-59)
    Volume 3 page 177.

Succession of Monarchs of the United Kingdom

George I's second cousin

George I

his father

King of the Great Britain and Ireland


George III

King of the United Kingdom
his grandson

George IV

his great-grandson

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