Kings, Princes, Weddings and Americans

King George III and Princes William and Harry of Wales

On this day of the royal wedding between Prince William of Wales (now the Duke of Cambridge) and Catherine Middleton, we wanted to know how Prince William is related to that nemesis of the American colonists, King George III. King George is Prince William’s great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather. While the Americans watched with enthusiasm the pomp and circumstance that only the British Royal Family can provide, it wasn’t always so, especially when a certain Hanoverian named George started taxing their tea. Victorian author George Trevelyan, inscribed the King was determined, “never to acknowledge the independence of the Americans, and to punish their contumacy by the indefinite prolongation of a war which promised to be eternal.” The King wanted to “keep the rebels harassed, anxious, and poor, until the day when, by a natural and inevitable process, discontent and disappointment were converted into penitence and remorse”. However, in 1885 King George rose to the occasion and said, when meeting the new minister to Great Britain, John Adams, “I was the last to consent to the separation; but the separation having been made and having become inevitable, I have always said, as I say now, that I would be the first to meet the friendship of the United States as an independent power.”

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