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Quiz about The Disastrous Marriage of George IV
Quiz about The Disastrous Marriage of George IV

The Disastrous Marriage of George IV Quiz


This quiz is on the 'courtship' leading up to the disastrous marriage of George IV to Caroline of Brunswick. I hope you find it as amusing as I did writing it.

A multiple-choice quiz by Creedy. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
Creedy
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
333,693
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
Plays
688
Awards
Top 35% Quiz
Last 3 plays: NETTLES1960 (3/10), wjames (10/10), Guest 136 (3/10).
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Question 1 of 10
1. In 1794, when George was still Prince of Wales, he decided to marry. What was the motivating force behind his decision? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. George came down to a choice between two women, both of whom were his first cousins. His mother favoured Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz because she was pretty and related to her by blood. She disliked the other choice, Caroline of Brunswick, but why? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. What was the ultimate reason for George finally choosing Caroline? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Although George had never met Caroline, he subsequently sent off the diplomat James Harris to fetch Caroline from Brunswick and bring her back to his amorous arms. How did James react when he first met Caroline? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. James did his best however, spending what period of time with Caroline in trying to improve her manners, speech, odour and behaviour before taking her back to England? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. On first sighting his bride, what did Prince George exclaim to James? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. What did Caroline say to James after George had left the room following their initial meeting? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. During their meal together that evening, how did Caroline manage to infuriate the Prince even further? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. On the day of the wedding, George sent his brother William to tell his most favoured mistress, Mrs Fitzherbert, that she was the only woman he would ever love - and then George set out for the marriage cermony in what condition? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Following the disastrous wedding night, Caroline hinted the prince was impotent. What fact proved her wrong? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. In 1794, when George was still Prince of Wales, he decided to marry. What was the motivating force behind his decision?

Answer: Parliament promised him more money if he did so

Now there's real romance for you! He didn't wish to marry out of love or lust, but to swell his purse. Who could resist such a charmer as that? He was 32 years old by then and no heir to the throne was in sight, so parliament thought they'd give him a hurry along by dangling a golden carrot in front of the regal donkey's nose. George was also a spendthrift who had accumulated such huge debts that he couldn't even afford to pay the interest on his outstanding bills let alone pay them off.

He also kept several mistresses in tow, one of whom he had attempted to marry, but to no avail. So it was off to the church he went for a solution to his financial woes.
2. George came down to a choice between two women, both of whom were his first cousins. His mother favoured Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz because she was pretty and related to her by blood. She disliked the other choice, Caroline of Brunswick, but why?

Answer: Caroline had allegedly behaved improperly with an Irish soldier

Caroline, in fact, had a very bad reputation. Not only had she got up to hanky-panky with her Irish soldier, but previous negotiations for her hand on behalf of another swain had been called off without any explanation. George's mother, in fact, smelled a rat, but her efforts to persuade George to accept her choice proved to be in vain.
3. What was the ultimate reason for George finally choosing Caroline?

Answer: His mistress at the time talked him into it

Lady Jersey, who was George's current heart-flutterer talked the silly George into selecting Caroline. Her reason for doing so was that she most definitely thought Caroline would be the lesser threat to her for the affections of the prince than the prettier Louise would be.
4. Although George had never met Caroline, he subsequently sent off the diplomat James Harris to fetch Caroline from Brunswick and bring her back to his amorous arms. How did James react when he first met Caroline?

Answer: He was horrified

The worthy James found Caroline in a very dishevelled state, and he had to discreetly hold his delicate nose whenever he was near her, as it was more than apparent that she wasn't on speaking terms with soap. In short, she smelled. Her conversation too was coarse and vulgar and she was too familiar with him, prone to nudging him now and again in his aristocratic ribs and telling him a bawdy joke or two.
5. James did his best however, spending what period of time with Caroline in trying to improve her manners, speech, odour and behaviour before taking her back to England?

Answer: Four months

That poor man. He tried his best, but made no impression at all on the recalcitrant Caroline. So, with sinking heart, he escorted the blushing flower of modesty back to meet her future husband, who was anxiously awaiting - in between his visits to his mistresses and his gambling, that is.
6. On first sighting his bride, what did Prince George exclaim to James?

Answer: "Harris, I am not well. Pray get me a glass of brandy"

It was too late to turn back. The Prince had well and truly cast his die. The unlikely couple proceeded to stumble through an awkward conversation together and then George hurriedly left, after making arrangements to dine with Caroline later that evening. No doubt George headed straight for the royal liquor cabinet as fast as he could in the interim.
7. What did Caroline say to James after George had left the room following their initial meeting?

Answer: "I think he is very fat"

Not only did she make this unflattering remark about her true love, Caroline also added "He's nothing like as handsome as his portrait". In short, the mismatched pair experienced a real aversion for each other from the moment they met.
8. During their meal together that evening, how did Caroline manage to infuriate the Prince even further?

Answer: By making coarse jokes about him and Lady Jersey

George couldn't back out by this stage, and, with the greatest gloom on his part, the marriage date loomed closer. Caroline, on the other hand, was equally put off by her future husband, and the pair spent as little time together as they possibly could. The marriage took place on 8 April, 1795.
9. On the day of the wedding, George sent his brother William to tell his most favoured mistress, Mrs Fitzherbert, that she was the only woman he would ever love - and then George set out for the marriage cermony in what condition?

Answer: Completely drunk

And so to the wedding night. George stated later that Caroline complimented him on the size of his member, which normally would have been flattering, but instead left him wondering as to how she discovered the means by which she could actually make such a comparison.

Their marriage was an utter disaster, and apart from performing their conjugal duties only three times, they never slept together again. She stayed under the same roof until 1797, but in that year, left his royal residence entirely to set up her own establishment.
10. Following the disastrous wedding night, Caroline hinted the prince was impotent. What fact proved her wrong?

Answer: One day short of 9 months later, she gave birth

It was all downhill after that for the couple. From her own establishment, but with the child Charlotte in the custody of George at his residence, the couple continued to battle and sling accusations and threats at each other, using Charlotte as a weapon of war to fire at each other. Alas, when Princess Charlotte grew up and married, she died following the birth of a stillborn son in 1817, and the marriage of hate between Caroline and George, which had produced only one glimmer of love in the shape of their daughter, came to its sorry end. George died in 1830, after having King for ten years.

He had refused to have Caroline declared Queen and excluded her from his coronation. Caroline fell ill on the day of his coronation and died three weeks later, averring that she had been poisoned by his agents.
Source: Author Creedy

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