King George IV - London, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Metro2
N 51° 30.502 W 000° 07.652
30U E 699330 N 5710271
Quick Description: This statue of Britain's George IV is located in London's Trafalgar Square.
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 2/29/2012 3:16:36 PM
Waymark Code: WMDW65
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member The Blue Quasar
Views: 29

Long Description:
This website (visit link) describes the sculpture:

"On a granite pedestal at the north-eastern side of the Square stands a bronze equestrian statue of George IV. The king is shown bareheaded in a semi-classical dress with his cloak thrown back. His right hand grasps a baton and his left the reins. He is shown without stirrups and his charger is standing with its four feet on the ground and its head slightly turned... The statue, which was executed by Sir Francis Chantry, was originally intended for placing on the Marble Arch in front of Buckingham Palace."

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Wikipedia (visit link)
further informs us:

"George IV (George Augustus Frederick; 12 August 1762 – 26 June 1830) was the King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and also of Hanover from the death of his father, George III, on 29 January 1820 until his own death ten years later. From 1811 until his accession, he served as Prince Regent during his father's relapse into mental illness.

George IV led an extravagant lifestyle that contributed to the fashions of the British Regency. He was a patron of new forms of leisure, style and taste. He commissioned John Nash to build the Royal Pavilion in Brighton and remodel Buckingham Palace, and Sir Jeffry Wyatville to rebuild Windsor Castle. He was instrumental in the foundation of the National Gallery, London and King's College London.

He had a poor relationship with both his father and his wife, Caroline of Brunswick, whom he even forbade to attend his coronation. He introduced the unpopular Pains and Penalties Bill in a desperate, unsuccessful, attempt to divorce his wife.

For most of George's regency and reign, Lord Liverpool controlled the government as Prime Minister. George's governments, with little help from the King, presided over victory in the Napoleonic Wars, negotiated the peace settlement, and attempted to deal with the social and economic malaise that followed. He had to accept George Canning as foreign minister and later prime minister, and drop his opposition to Catholic Emancipation."
Monarch Ranking: King / Queen

Proper Title and Name of Monarch: King George IV

Country or Empire of Influence: United Kingdom and Hanover

Website for additonal information: [Web Link]

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