Princess Elizabeth of Clarence

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This article is about the second daughter of William IV of the United Kingdom. For other Princesses named Elizabeth, see Princess Elizabeth.
Princess Elizabeth
Monument of infant girl asleep on a couch
Statue by W. Scoular, Windsor Castle
House House of Hanover
Father Prince William, Duke of Clarence
Mother Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen
Born (1820-12-10)10 December 1820
St James's Palace
Died 4 March 1821(1821-03-04) (aged &&&&&&&&&&&&&0842 months 24 days)
St James's Palace
Burial St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle

Princess Elizabeth of Clarence (Elizabeth Georgiana Adelaide; 10 December 1820 – 4 March 1821) was an infant member of the British royal family as the second daughter and third child of Prince William, Duke of Clarence and St Andrews (later King William IV) and his wife (later Queen), Princess Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen. She was a granddaughter of King George III of the United Kingdom and a first cousin of Queen Victoria.

After having had one child who died on the day of her birth, Princess Charlotte (27 March 1819) and suffering a stillbirth, the third pregnancy of the Duchess of Clarence also did not go as expected. The Duchess delivered a girl, almost six weeks premature, on 10 December 1820 at St James's Palace.[1] She was christened on the day of her birth at the Palace by William Howley, then Bishop of London.[1]

The Duke and Duchess of Clarence had wanted to name her Georgina, but King George IV requested her to be named Elizabeth instead.[1] The couple agreed and christened her "Elizabeth Georgiana Adelaide" (or Elizabeth-Georgiana-Adelaide).

She lived the remainder of her days at St James's Palace. After "being suddenly seized with the fatal disease, an intro-susception of the bowels" (probably gastroesophageal junction) she died shortly thereafter,[2] aged 12 weeks.[3] After her death, her mother suffered three more stillbirths.

Elizabeth was buried at Windsor Castle, in St George's Chapel, on 10 March 1821.[2][4] During her short life, she was ahead of her cousin, the future Queen Victoria, in the line of succession.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Yvonne (27 December 2005). "Royal Christenings". Yvonne's Royalty Home Page. uniserve.com. Retrieved 6 March 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Fisher, George (1832). A companion and key to the history of England. Simpkin & Marshall. p. 480. 
  3. ^ The London Gazette: no. 17686. p. 553. 6 March 1821.
  4. ^ The London Gazette: no. 17688. p. 601. 13 March 1821.