Field-Marshal HRH Adolphus Frederick, Duke of Cambridge KG GCB GCMG GCH

Adolphus Frederick was born on 24th Feb 1774 in London. He was the seventh son of George III. He was sent to the University of Gottingen before serving in the Hanoverian and the British Army in the Low Countries. He was severely wounded in 1793. In November 1801 he was created Earl of Tipperary and Duke of Cambridge. He was made a privy councillor in 1802. His promotion to Field-Marshal came in 1813.

The Electorate of Hanover was raised to the rank of Kingdom in 1816 and he was made Viceroy. He held that position until Britain and Hanover separated in 1837. He was appointed Colonel of the Coldstream Guards on 5th Sep 1805 and Colonel of the 60th Rifles on 22nd Jan 1827. He held both posts until his death in London on 14th Aug 1850. He was survived by his only son George who became the second (and more well known) Duke of Cambridge.

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