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Sophia Matilda Hanover
Birth: Nov. 3, 1777
Greater London, England
Death: May 27, 1848
Greater London, England

British Royalty. Princess of Great Britain and Ireland. Born Princess Sophia Matilda, she was the twelfth child and fifth daughter of King George III and Queen Charlotte. Described as pretty, passionate, and delicate, Sophia like all her sisters lived a very cloistered, miserable existence in her mother's household, which they would call "The Nunnery". Sophia fell in love girlishly with a much older man, General Thomas Garth, one of her father's equerries. Most historians and biographers agree that Sophia gave birth to an illegitimate son at the age of 22. Most agree that Garth was the father, as he immediately took in and raised the boy. Sophia never married, nor formed any other relationships after Garth. For much of her life after the birth of her son, she was very ill and for the most part an invalid. Some believe she suffered from porphyria like her father. Her health seemed to improve drastically (though she would remain weak and sickly) upon the death of her mother and the regency of her eldest brother, the Prince of Wales. For the first time she was free to look beyond her mother's court. In her later years, she became especially close to her niece, the young Queen Victoria, and wrote to her or saw her every day. Blind and deaf, Sophia died at Kensington Palace at the age of 70. As per her wishes, she was buried across the way from her brother Augustus, Duke of Sussex. (bio by: Kristen Conrad) 
 
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 Parents:
   George III (1738 - 1820)
  Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (1744 - 1818)
 
 Siblings:
   George IV (1762 - 1830)*
  Frederick Augustus Hanover (1763 - 1827)*
   William IV (1765 - 1837)*
   Charlotte of Württemberg (1766 - 1828)*
  Prince Edward Augustus Hanover (1767 - 1820)*
  Augusta of Hanover (1768 - 1840)*
  Elizabeth of Hanover (1770 - 1840)*
  Ernest Augustus von Hannover (1771 - 1851)*
  Augustus Frederick Hanover (1773 - 1843)*
  Adolphus Frederick (1774 - 1850)*
  Mary of Gloucester and Edinburgh (1776 - 1857)*
  Sophia Matilda Hanover (1777 - 1848)
  Octavius Hanover (1779 - 1783)*
  Alfred Hanover (1780 - 1783)*
  Amelia of Hanover (1783 - 1810)*
 
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Inscription:
Her Royal Highness
THE PRINCESS SOPHIA.
5th Daughter Of
His Majesty
KING GEORGE III.
Born November 3rd 1777.
Died May 27th 1848
 
Burial:
Kensal Green Cemetery
Kensal Green
London Borough of Brent
Greater London, England
 
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Record added: May 20, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 9442
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