Frederick, Prince of Wales

During his lifetime, George II's son accomplished little of note. However, writes Romney Sedgwick, Frederick's propaganda in his own political interests left behind two fictions that profoundly influenced later historians.

Frederick Louis, Prince of Wales, eldest son of George II and father of George III, was born at Hanover on January 20th, 1707. He did not accompany his parents to England on the accession of his grandfather, George I, but was left behind in charge of a governor. He remained at Hanover till he was nearly twenty-two, when his father, having succeeded to the throne, reluctantly sent for him, on being warned that any further delay would lead to questions in Parliament.

In December 1728, he was delivered to his parents by his governor who, on parting from him, felt it his duty to tell the Queen that her son was thoroughly vicious, “nor were his vices the vices of a gentleman, but the mean base tricks of a knavish footman.”

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