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Royal marriages were arranged affairs, aligning families and dynasties for political and economic purposes. They were rarely happy, but few were so disastrous as that of Prinny, Prince of Wales and future King George IV, and his German bride Caroline of Brunswick. Unwilling to put up an united and serene front for the benefit of
In the autumn of 1794, the Earl of Malmesbury was despatched to Brunswick to escort Princess Caroline, who was engaged to the Prince of Wales, the future George IV, to England. He completed his mission but, from his first meeting with the Princess, Malmesbury started to doubt she would be a suitable wife for the
George, Prince of Wales (the future George IV, also nicknamed Prinny) loved women. He had a tendency to fall in love easily and had affairs with numerous ladies. But the only woman he really loved was Mrs Maria Fitzherbert. Six years older than George, Maria was a pretty woman with a nice figure and beautiful