Princess Sophia of Gloucester


Princess Sophia of Gloucester

Infobox British Royalty|royal
name =Princess Sophia of Gloucester
royal house =House of Hanover
full name =Sophia Matilda
titles ="HRH" Princess Sophia of Gloucester"The London Gazette" styles her "Princess Sophia of Gloucester" consistently [http://www.gazettes-online.co.uk/ViewPDF.aspx?pdf=13768&gpn=318] [http://www.gazettes-online.co.uk/ViewPDF.aspx?pdf=14075&gpn=1209] [http://www.gazettes-online.co.uk/ViewPDF.aspx?pdf=17156&gpn=1433] up to and including [http://www.gazettes-online.co.uk/ViewPDF.aspx?pdf=17378&gpn=1261 The Duke of Clarence's Wedding, 14 July 1818] . After this point, (or at least after her brother's death ( [http://www.gazettes-online.co.uk/ViewPDF.aspx?pdf=19221&gpn=2263 his funeral Gazette, 16 December 1834] ) the Gazette consistently styles her "Princess Sophia Matilda of Gloucster" [http://www.gazettes-online.co.uk/ViewPDF.aspx?pdf=19824&gpn=293] [http://www.gazettes-online.co.uk/ViewPDF.aspx?pdf=20223&gpn=1547] [http://www.gazettes-online.co.uk/ViewPDF.aspx?pdf=20231&gpn=1889] ]
"HH" Princess Sophia of Gloucester
father =Prince William Henry, Duke of Gloucester
mother =Maria, Duchess of Gloucester and Edinburgh
date of birth =birth date|1773|5|29|df=y
place of birth =Mayfair, Middlesex
date of death =death date and age|1844|11|29|1773|5|29|df=y
place of death =Blackheath, Kent
place of burial =St George's Chapel, Windsor|

Princess Sophia of Gloucester (Sophia Matilda; 29 May 177329 November 1844) was a member of the British Royal Family, a great granddaughter of George II and niece of George III.

Early life

She was born in Grosvenor Street, Mayfair. Her father was Prince William Henry, Duke of Gloucester and Edinburgh, the third eldest son of The Prince Frederick, Prince of Wales. Her mother was the Duchess of Gloucester, the illegitimate daughter of Edward Walpole. As a great granddaughter in the male line of George II, Sophia was styled "Her Highness Princess Sophia of Gloucester" from birth.

Royal Highness

On 22 July 1816 Sophia's brother, Prince William Frederick, Duke of Gloucester, married their cousin, The Princess Mary, a daughter of George III. On their wedding day, the Prince Regent bestowed the style of "His Royal Highness" on the Duke of Gloucester. The next day, Sophia was also bestowed with the style "Her Royal Highness", to give her equal rank with her brother. From then on, she was styled "Her Royal Highness" Princess Sophia of Gloucester.

Sophia never married nor had any children. She lived at New Lodge in Winkfield, near Windsor in Berkshire and died on 29 November 1844 and is buried in St. George's Chapel, Windsor.

Ancestry

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1= 1. Princess Sophia of Gloucester
2= 2. Prince William Henry, Duke of Gloucester and Edinburgh
3= 3. Maria Walpole
4= 4. Frederick, Prince of Wales
5= 5. Princess Augusta of Saxe-Gotha
6= 6. Edward Walpole
7= 7. Dorothy Clement
8= 8. George II of Great Britain
9= 9. Caroline of Brandenburg-Ansbach
10= 10. Frederick II, Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg
11= 11. Magdalena Augusta of Anhalt-Zerbst
12= 12. Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford
13= 13. Catherine Shorter
14= 14. Hammond Clement
15= 15. Priscilla Clement
16= 16. George I of Great Britain
17= 17. Sophia Dorothea of Celle
18= 18. Johann Friedrich, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach
19= 19. Eleonore Erdmuthe of Saxe-Eisenach
20= 20. Frederick I, Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg
21= 21. Magdalena Sibylle of Saxe-Weissenfels
22= 22. Karl, Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst
23= 23. Sophia of Saxe-Weissenfels
24= 24. Robert Walpole
25= 25. Mary Burwell
26= 26. John Shorter
27= 27. Elizabeth Philipps

Titles, styles, honours and arms

Titles

*29 May 177322 July 1816: "Her Highness" Princess Sophia of Gloucester
*22 July 181629 November 1844: "Her Royal Highness" Princess Sophia of Gloucester
**before 16 December 183429 November 1844: "Her Royal Highness" Princess Sophia Matilda of Gloucester

References

* [http://www.berkshirehistory.com/bios/mwalpole.html]

ee also

*List of British princesses
*British Royal Family
*House of Hanover


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