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Princess Sophia of Gloucester

Princess Sophia
c. 1803-5 portrait by Sir William Beechey
Born (1773-05-29)29 May 1773
Mayfair, Middlesex
Died 29 November 1844(1844-11-29) (aged 71)
Blackheath, Kent
Burial Windsor
Full name
Sophia Matilda
House House of Hanover
Father Prince William Henry
Mother Maria Walpole

Princess Sophia Matilda of Gloucester (29 May 1773 – 29 November 1844) was a great-granddaughter of King George III.


  • Early life 1
  • Royal Highness 2
  • Ancestry 3
  • Titles, styles, honours and arms 4
    • Titles 4.1
  • References 5
  • See also 6

Early life

Princess Sophia as a young child.

She was born in Grosvenor Street, George II, Sophia was styled Her Highness Princess Sophia of Gloucester from birth.

The princess was privately christened in a drawing room at The King had been asked to stand as godfather, but he refused, upset by his brother's marriage to Maria Walpole, a commoner.[1]

Royal Highness

On 22 July 1816 Sophia's brother, Prince Regent bestowed the style of His Royal Highness on the Duke of Gloucester. The next day, Sophia was also bestowed with the style Her Royal Highness, to give her equal rank with her brother. From then on, she was styled Her Royal Highness Princess Sophia of Gloucester.

Sophia was considered as a potential bride for the

See also

  1. ^ Yvonne's Royalty Home Page: Royal Christenings
  2. ^  
  3. ^ a b The London Gazette styles her "Princess Sophia of Gloucester" consistently [9][10][11] up to and including The Duke of Clarence's Wedding, 14 July 1818. After this point, (or at least after her brother's death (his funeral Gazette, 16 December 1834) the Gazette consistently styles her "Princess Sophia Matilda of Gloucster" [12][13][14]
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  • 29 May 1773 – 22 July 1816: Her Highness Princess Sophia of Gloucester
  • 22 July 1816 – 29 November 1844: Her Royal Highness Princess Sophia of Gloucester[3]
    • 16 December 1834 – 29 November 1844: Her Royal Highness Princess Sophia Matilda of Gloucester[3]


Titles, styles, honours and arms

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