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Caroline of Ansbach

(1683—1737) queen of Great Britain and Ireland, and electress of Hanover, consort of George II.


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(1683–1737),

queen of George II. Daughter of John Frederick, margrave of Brandenburg‐Anspach, Caroline married in 1705 George Augustus, electoral prince of Hanover and, from 1727, king of Great Britain. Her life in England from 1714 was far from tranquil. Her husband was testy and choleric. Relations between him, as prince of Wales, and his father George I were bad, and in turn George and Caroline quarrelled bitterly with their son Frederick, prince of Wales. She did not particularly resent her husband's attentions to other women which, at least, kept him occupied. Her influence over the king, which was considerable, was exercised in favour of Sir Robert Walpole. A woman of intelligence and learning, she was a benefactress of the Queen's College, Oxford.

Subjects: British History.


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