Clarence House: where the King and Queen Consort live

Clarence House takes its name from its first occupant: William, Duke of Clarence, the third son of George III, who reigned as William IV from 1830 to 1837. He entered the Royal Navy at the age of 13 in 1778 and over a career of 30 years – neither disadvantaged by birth nor association – rose from the rank of midshipman to admiral of the fleet in 1811. The latter appointment coincided with a turning point in his career, his father’s final madness of 1810.

Up until this moment he had seemed like an unlikely heir to the throne and lived accordingly. On land his activities had been the subject of scandal and for upwards of 20 years he lived with the comic actress Dorothy Bland, known as Mrs Jordan, who bore him 10 children.

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