|Birth: ||May 27, 1819|
|Death: ||Jun. 12, 1878|
City of Paris
George V (George Frederick Alexander Charles Ernest Augustus von Hannover) was the last king of Hanover and a member of the German branch of the House of Hanover. In the peerage of Great Britain, he was Duke of Cumberland.
George V was a first cousin of Queen Victoria, and inherited the Hanoverian realm, which could not pass to her in 1837, because of Salic law, via his father, who became its king instead. He was the last sovereign ruler of the Kingdom of Hanover, losing the territory by annexation to Prussia in 1866, during the Austro-Prussian War, thereby leading to the birth of the modern nation state of Germany.
Upon the death of his uncle William IV and the accession of his cousin Queen Victoria to the British throne, the 123-year personal union of the British and Hanoverian thrones ended due to the operation of Salic Law in the German states. The Duke of Cumberland succeeded to the Hanoverian throne as Ernst August I, and Prince George became the Crown Prince of Hanover. As a legitimate male-line descendant of George III, he remained a member of the British Royal Family, and second in line to the British throne, until the birth of Queen Victoria's first child, Victoria, Princess Royal, in 1840. Since he was totally blind, there were doubts as to whether the Crown Prince was qualified to succeed as king of Hanover; but his father decided that he should do so.
His wife was Marie von Sachsen-Altenburg (1818–1907).
Ernest Augustus von Hannover (1771 - 1851)
Friederike Luise von Mecklenburg-Strelitz (1778 - 1841)
St George's Chapel
Windsor and Maidenhead Royal Borough
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Record added: Nov 26, 2009
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