Princess Mary, Duchess of Gloucester and Edinburgh
Princess Mary was born on 25 April 1776 at St. James's Palace, London. Her father was the reigning British monarch, King George III, the eldest son of Frederick, Prince of Wales and Augusta of Saxe-Gotha. Her mother was Queen Charlotte (née Princess Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz), the daughter of Charles, Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz).
Mary's upbringing was very sheltered and she spent most of her time with her parents and sisters. King George and Queen Charlotte were keen to shelter their children, particularly the girls, with the result that few of them married. Mary was different and on 22 July 1816 she married her first cousin, Prince William Frederick, Duke of Gloucester and Edinburgh, the son of George III's brother, Prince William Henry, Duke of Gloucester and Edinburgh, at the Chapel Royal in St James's Palace. On their wedding day, Mary's brother, The Prince Regent, granted William the style of His Royal Highness to give him an equal rank to Mary.
Titles, Styles, Honours & Arms
- 1776-1816: Her Royal Highness The Princess Mary
- 1816-1857: Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Gloucester and Edinburgh