Fragment of a Piece of the Royal Standard from King William IV's Yacht, The Royal Adelaide
    Circa 1830

    Circular, with a period gilded frame, with Royal Coat of Arms, quartered with central shield embroidered on silk, the reverse of frame with label Dimensions of His Majesty's Yacht, the Royal Adelaide-8 1/2 in. long including frame

    William IV (1765-1837)

    King George III's third son, William Henry of Hanover, entered the Royal Navy as a youth and saw service during the American Revolution and in the West Indies. He was equally active onshore, producing no less than ten illegitimate children by one Irish actress alone before taking the hand of Princess Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen, after whom he named his yacht. The "Sailor King" reigned from 1830 to 1837. He did not produce any (legitimate) male heirs and was succeeded by his niece, Princess Victoria.

    Purchased from The Armoury of St. James, London

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    (damaged and worn, exterior decoration chipped, ribbon missing)

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