Prince Frederick of Great Britain

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For his father, see Frederick, Prince of Wales; for his nephew, see Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany
Prince Frederick
Frederick William 1754 by Liotard.jpg
Frederick aged 4 by Jean-Étienne Liotard
Born (1750-05-13)13 May 1750
Leicester House, Westminster, England
Died 29 December 1765(1765-12-29) (aged 15)
Leicester House, Westminster, England
Burial 4 January 1766
Westminster Abbey, London
Full name
Frederick William
House Hanover
Father Frederick, Prince of Wales
Mother Princess Augusta of Saxe-Gotha

Prince Frederick (Frederick William; 13 May 1750 – 29 December 1765), was a member of the British Royal Family, a grandchild of King George II and the youngest brother of King George III.


Frederick William as a toddler in 1751, before breeching

Frederick was born, on 13 May 1750, at Leicester House, Westminster, London. His father was Frederick, Prince of Wales, eldest son of George II and Caroline of Ansbach. His mother was The Princess of Wales (née Augusta of Saxe-Gotha).

He was christened four days later, at the same house, by the Bishop of Oxford, Thomas Secker. His godparents were his brother Prince George, his maternal uncle Prince Wilhelm of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg and his sister Princess Augusta.[1]

The young prince died on 29 December 1765, at Leicester House.


Fort Frederick, in Kingston, Ontario, a fortification consisting mostly of earthworks (engineering), with a northern wall of stone masonry, is named after him. Fort Frederick contains one of the Martello Towers which houses the Royal Military College of Canada museum.[citation needed]

Titles, styles, honours and arms[edit]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 13 May 1750 – 29 December 1765: His Royal Highness Prince Frederick[2]


Frederick was posthumously granted the arms of the kingdom differenced by a label argent of five points, the centre bearing a fleur-de-lys azure, the other points each bearing a rose gules.[3]

Coat of Arms of Frederick William of Wales.svg



  1. ^ Yvonne's Royalty Home Page: Royal Christenings
  2. ^ In the London Gazette for his brother George III's wedding on 8 September 1761 the prince is listed as His Royal Highness Prince Frederick
  3. ^ Marks of Cadency in the British Royal Family
  4. ^ Genealogie ascendante jusqu'au quatrieme degre inclusivement de tous les Rois et Princes de maisons souveraines de l'Europe actuellement vivans [Genealogy up to the fourth degree inclusive of all the Kings and Princes of sovereign houses of Europe currently living] (in French). Bourdeaux: Frederic Guillaume Birnstiel. 1768. p. 4.