Ernst August I of Hanover

Born Prince Ernest Augustus of Great Britain and Ireland. Created Duke of Cumberland and Teviotdale in 1799. Succeeded to the kingdom of Hanover as Ernst August I in 1837. Since King George I the sovereigns of the United Kingdom had also been kings of Hanover. However, when Queen Victoria succeeded as monarch of the United Kingdom, salic law barred women from succession in Hanover and the kingdom fell to her uncle Ernest Augustus.

Son of George III. King of the United Kingdom (1738-1820) and Charlotte, Princess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (1744-1818)

Born: Buckingham Palace, London 5. Jun 1771

Christened: St. James’s Palace, London 1. Jul 1771


Married: Neustrelitz 29. May 1815 Friederike, Princess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (1778-1841), daughter of Karl Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (1741-1816) and his first wife Friederike, Landgravine of Hesse-Darmstadt (1752-1782).


Illegitimate issue by the actress Miss Knissel:

Died: Hanover 18. Nov 1851

Buried: Mausoleum, Berggarten, Hanover



Alison Weir: “Britain’s Royal Families”, Vintage Books 2008; Detlev Schwennicke "Europäische Stammtafeln. Neue Folgen", Vol. III/1, 1983, Verlag J. A. Stargaardt; for christening see Yvonne Demoskoff: Yvonne’s Royalty Home Page; for George FitzErnest see: Anthony Camp ”Royal Mistresses and Bastards. Fact and Fiction 1714-1936”, London 2007