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Frederick, Prince of Wales (1707 – 51)

Instructions for my Son George 1749

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This treatise was written to guide the Prince of Wales’s eldest son (later George III) when he became king. The Prince, who is revealed in this document as a thoughtful and competent heir to the throne, never got the chance to act on his own advice, but assures his eleven-year-old son that ‘I shall have no regret never to have wore the Crown, if you do but fill it worthily’.

Georgian Papers, Royal Archives

Cat. 19