29 January 2019

29th January 1820 - King George III died

On 29th January 1820 King George III died. After suffering intermittent bouts of acute mental illness, he was confined at Windsor from December 1811 for the last decade of his life. In the end he was blind, deaf, and suffered dementia. His illness may have been caused by porphyria, an inherited metabolic disorder, though nobody knows for sure. Other causes such as arsenic poisening, and mania, have been suggested.

He was England’s longest-ruling monarch before Queen Victoria . During his 59-year reign, he pushed through a British victory in the Seven Years’ War, led England’s successful resistance to Napoleon, and presided over the loss of the American Revolution.

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