King George II(1683-1760), Reigned 1727-60
Sitter associated with 58 portraits
The only son of George I, the future George II moved from Hanover to Britain to become Prince of Wales in 1714. Having long been at odds with his father, his London home became a meeting place for the king's political opponents. When crowned George II in 1727, he wanted to replace all the ministers who had served his father, but was persuaded against this on the astute diplomatic advice of his wife, Queen Caroline. She remained politically influential as George left state decisions to others, notably the Whig minister Sir Robert Walpole. A skilled military strategist, George II was the last British monarch to lead the troops into battle against the French at the Battle of Dettingen in 1743.
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by Henry Hering
albumen carte-de-visite photomontage, 1862
- Princess Amelia Sophia Eleanora (daughter)
- Anne, Princess Royal and Princess of Orange (daughter)
- Caroline Wilhelmina of Brandenburg-Ansbach (wife)
- Princess Caroline Elizabeth (daughter)
- Edward Augustus, Duke of York and Albany (grandson)
- Princess Elizabeth Caroline (granddaughter)
- Frederick Lewis, Prince of Wales (son)
- Henry Frederick, Duke of Cumberland and Strathearn (grandson)
- King George I (father)
- King George III (grandson)
- Prince George William (son)
- Louisa, Queen of Denmark (daughter)
- Princess Mary of Hesse (daughter)
- Sophia Dorothea of Celle (mother)
- Sophia Dorothea, Queen of Prussia (sister)
- William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland (son)
- Prince William Henry, 1st Duke of Gloucester and Edinburgh (grandson)
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