The Georges presided over a remarkable era of national history, during which many institutions and habits emerged that we still regard as quintessentially British today.
Marking 300 years since the accession of George I, Hampton Court, Kensington and Kew Palaces celebrate the stories of the three successive Kings of the era with various exhibitions and events. At Kew the focus is on the early years of George III’s reign, prior to his descent into madness.
George was the first of the Hanoverian Kings to have been born in Britain and he enjoyed an incredibly varied education. He had 15 children and was an active patron of the arts and sciences, with a keen interest in architecture and agricultural developments. Despite this, he is best remembered for suffering periods of ‘madness’ and losing the American colonies.