AUGUSTUS FREDERICK, Duke of Sussex
'Portrait of Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex (1773-1843)'
Artist, Guy Head c1798, National Portrait Gallery (London)
Prince Augustus Frederick was the ninth child and sixth son of George III and Queen
As he suffered from asthma, he did not join his brothers in receiving military training in Hanover,
and briefly considered becoming a cleric in the Church of England.
He was married twice, but neither was
recognized by the crown.
He was made Duke of Sussex, Earl of Inverness, and Baron Arklow,
Knight of the Garter on November 27,1801.
Since he died without legitimate issue, the title became extinct.
William IV appointed his younger brother Chief Ranger and Keeper of St. James's and Hyde Parks in 1831.
The Duke of Sussex was elected president of the Society of Arts in 1816,
holding that post for the rest of his life.
He also held the honorary posts of Captain-General and Colonel of the Hon. Artillery Company from 1817
He was president of the Royal Society from 1830 to1838.
The Duke of Sussex was the favorite uncle of Queen Victoria,
giving her away at her wedding to Prince Albert.
The Duke of Sussex died at Kensington Palace in 1843.
His second wife, The Duchess of Inverness,
continued to reside at Kensington Palace until her death in 1873.