Ch-1: William IV - 1835 to 1840

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Full name: William Henry
Birth: 21-Aug-1765 at Buckingham House, London
Father: King George III
Mother: Queen Charlotte-Sophia
Died: 20-Jun-1837
Location of death: Windsor Castle, Berkshire, England
Preceded by: George IV
Suceeded by: Victoria

William IV, born August 21, 1765, was the third son of George III and Sophia. At the age of 13, William became a midshipman and began a career in the Royal Navy. In 1789, he was made Duke of Clarence. He retired from the Navy in 1790. William succeeded his brother, George IV. On the 28th of June 1830 the death of King George IV placed him on the throne. He ascended the thrones of Great Britain, Ireland, and Hanover as King William IV on 26 June 1830, and was crowned on 8 September 1831. In 1833 the Assay Master of the Calcutta Mint, James Prinsep, prepared and submitted to the Governor General in Council, Lord William Cavendish Bentinck who retired in March 1835, a project for reforming the weights and measures of the coins of British India. This was adopted in November 1833. The Governor General Sir Charles Metcalfe passed the Act XVII on August 17, 1835.



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