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King William IV

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William IV ruled from 1830 to 1837. He succeeded to the throne just as the campaign for Parliamentary reform reached its peak. He reluctantly created the extra Whig peers needed to pass the Reform Act in 1832. On his death, Victoria his niece became queen. Despite having ten illegitimate children from his twenty-year relationship with Mrs Jordan, William had no heir from his official marriage to Princess Adelaide.

National Portrait Gallery, London

London

  • Date

    1837

  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    75.9 x 62.9 cm

  • Accession number

    5917

  • Acquisition method

    Purchased, 1987. On long-term loan to Bodelwyddan Castle, North Wales

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