Prince Frederick of Great Britain

Prince Frederick
Frederick William 1754 by Liotard.jpg
Frederick aged 4 by Jean-Étienne Liotard
Born13 May 1750
Leicester House, Westminster, England
Died29 December 1765 (aged 15)
Leicester House, Westminster, England
Burial4 January 1766
Frederick William
FatherFrederick, Prince of Wales
MotherPrincess Augusta of Saxe-Gotha

Prince Frederick William of Great Britain (13 May 1750 – 29 December 1765) was a grandchild of King George II and the youngest brother of King George III. He was the youngest son of Frederick, Prince of Wales and Princess Augusta of Saxe-Gotha.

He died at the young age of 15. He was buried at Westminister Abbey, London.


Frederick William as a toddler in 1751, before breeching

Frederick was born on 13 May 1750, at Leicester House, Westminster, London. His father was Frederick, Prince of Wales, eldest son of George II and Caroline of Ansbach. His mother was The Princess of Wales (née Augusta of Saxe-Gotha).

He was christened on 17 June of the same year,[1] at the same house, by the Bishop of Oxford, Thomas Secker. His godparents were his brother Prince George, his maternal uncle Prince Wilhelm of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg and his sister Princess Augusta.[2]

The young prince died on 29 December 1765, at Leicester House.[3]

Titles, styles, honours and arms

Titles and styles

  • 13 May 1750 – 29 December 1765: His Royal Highness Prince Frederick[4]


Frederick was posthumously granted the arms of the kingdom differenced by a label argent of five points, the centre bearing a fleur-de-lys azure, the other points each bearing a rose gules.[5]

Coat of Arms of Frederick William of Wales.svg



  1. ^ Robert Huish (1821). The public and private life of His late...Majesty, George the Third: embracing its most memorable incidents. Printed for T. Kelly. pp. 46.
  2. ^ Arthur Collins (1756). Peerage of England. p. 31.
  3. ^ Gentleman's and Citizen's Almanack. 1772. p. 40.
  4. ^ In the London Gazette for his brother George III's wedding on 8 September 1761 the prince is listed as His Royal Highness Prince Frederick
  5. ^ Marks of Cadency in the British Royal Family
  6. ^ Genealogie ascendante jusqu'au quatrieme degre inclusivement de tous les Rois et Princes de maisons souveraines de l'Europe actuellement vivans [Genealogy up to the fourth degree inclusive of all the Kings and Princes of sovereign houses of Europe currently living] (in French). Bourdeaux: Frederic Guillaume Birnstiel. 1768. p. 4.
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The generations indicate descent from George I, who formalised the use of the titles prince and princess for members of the British royal family.
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1 Not a British prince by birth, but created Prince Consort. 2 Not a British prince by birth, but created a Prince of the United Kingdom. 3 Status debatable; see James, Viscount Severn#Titles and styles and Archie Mountbatten-Windsor#Title and succession for details.
Princes that lost their title and status or did not use the title are shown in italics.

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