William Frederick, Duke of Gloucester
|born on||15 January 1776 at 15:00 (= 3:00 PM )|
|Place||Rome, Italy, 41n54, 12e29|
|Timezone||LMT m12e29 (is local mean time)|
|Astrology data||25°07' 13°04 Asc. 02°17'|
British royalty, a great-grandson of King George II and nephew and son-in-law of King George III of the United Kingdom.
His father was Prince William, Duke of Gloucester, the third son of the Prince of Wales. His mother was Maria, Duchess of Gloucester, the illegitimate daughter of Edward Walpole and granddaughter of Robert Walpole. As a great-grandson of George II he held the title of Prince of Great Britain with the style His Highness, not His Royal Highness, at birth.
During his stay in Stockholm in 1802–1803, his interest and rumoured affair with Aurora Wilhelmina Koskull attracted a lot of attention, and he reportedly had plans to marry her.
He was admitted to the University of Cambridge (Trinity College) in 1787, and granted his MA in 1790. On 25 August 1805, Prince William's father died, and he inherited the titles Duke of Gloucester and Edinburgh and Earl of Connaught. From 1811 until his death he was Chancellor of the University of Cambridge. He was offered the position of king of Sweden in 1812 by some members of the Swedish nobility, but the British government would not allow it.
On 22 July 1816, he married The Princess Mary, his cousin and the fourth daughter of George III. The marriage took place at St. James's Palace, London. On that day, The Prince Regent granted the Duke the style of His Royal Highness by Order in Council.
The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester lived at Bagshot Park in Surrey. They had no children together; they had married when both were 40. The Duke died on 30 November 1834.
- spouse relationship with Mary, Princess (born 25 April 1776)
- sibling relationship with Sophia, Princess (1773) (born 29 May 1773)
Sy Scholfield quotes "Monthly Chronicle," The Westminster Magazine, February 1776, p. 109: "Thursday, Feb. 8. Authentic advices have been received that on the 15th of January, at three o'clock in the afternoon, her Royal Highness the Duchess of Gloucester was safely delivered of a Prince in the Teodoli Palace at Rome."
- Notable : Famous : Royal family (House of Hanover)