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York and Albany, Duke of (GB, 1784 - 1827)


Creation: let.pat. 27 Nov 1784


Extinct: 5 Jan 1827


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The Royal Arms as borne by King George III with the inescutcheon for the Bishopric of Osnabrück (Argent a Wheel of six spokes Gules) over the Hanoverian quarter, and overall a Label of three points Argent charged on the centre point with a Cross Gules


On a Coronet composed of Crosses Pattée and Fleurs-de-lis a Lion statant guardant Or crowned with a like Coronet and differenced with a Label of three points as in the Arms


The Royal Supporters differenced with a like Coronet and Label



HRH Prince Frederick Augustus, 1st Duke of York and Albany, KG GCB GCH PC

2nd son of King George III by his wife Princess Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, dau. of Charles Louis Frederick, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz


16 Aug 1763


29 Sep 1791 in Berlin and 23 Nov 1791 in London Princess Frederica Charlotte Ulrica Catherine of Prussia, Princess Royal of Prussia (b. 7 May 1767; d. 6 Aug 1820), 1st dau. of Fredrick William II, King of Prussia, by his first wife Elizabeth of Brunswick, dau. of Charles, Duke of Brunswick


s.p. 5 Jan 1827


27 Nov 1784 Earl of Ulster, in the Peerage of Ireland, and Duke of York and Albany, in the Peerage of Great Britain


Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg from birth; Bishop of Osnabrück 1764-1827; KB 1767; Knight of the Garter 1771; had a distinguished military career: Colonel in the Army 1780, Colonel of the 2nd Troop, Horse Guards 1782-84, Maj General 1782, Lieut General 1784, Colonel of the Coldstream Guards 1784-1805, Commander-in-Chief of the Forces in the United Provinces 1793, General 1793, Field Marshal and Head of the Army 1795, Commander-in-Chief in Great Britain 1798, Captain-General of the Forces 1799, and Commander-in-Chief of the Forces in Great Britain and Ireland 1801-1809 and 1811-27, Privy Councillor 1787; Colonel in Chief of the 60th (Royal American) Regiment of Foot 1797-1827; Colonel of the Grenadier Guards 1805-27; Warden of the New Forest and Keeper of Windsor Forest 1805-27; Field Marshal in the Austrian Army 1814; GCB 1815; GCH 1815


On the death of Prince Frederick Augustus the Dukedom of York and Albany became extinct.




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