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Farmer George: The longest reigning king (1760-1820)

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LIZ MAYOR

Founder and Director of Studies

LIZ MAYOR

Founder and Director of Studies

The first Hanoverian monarch to have English as his first language and he never visited Hanover. George and Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz had 15 children; they were married in 1761 and remained together until she died in 1818. Such a reign and marriage brought a measure of stability to a period filled with military conflict as Britain became the superior military power in Europe. George was a ‘hands-on’ farmer and innovated in areas of agriculture including animal
breeding. George suffered bouts of mental illness which has been the subject of much conjecture and culminated in his son, also George, becoming Prince Regent. However, he is the longest-reigning male Monarch of Great Britain and Ireland.

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