Royal Burial Sites of the Kingdom of Hanover

by Scott Mehl

Due to the personal union by which the King of Hanover was also the King of the United Kingdom, most of the monarchs lived, and died, in Britain. George III, the first King of Hanover, had the Royal Crypt constructed at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. The crypt is located under the Albert Memorial Chapel.

St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

Royal Vault

An artist’s view inside the Royal Vault at St. George’s Chapel. Caskets were placed on the shelves along the sides. The bench in the middle was used as a temporary place for caskets waiting to be buried elsewhere. Credit –

Monarchs of Hanover

  • George III (r. 1760-1820)
  • George IV (r. 1820-1830)
  • William IV (r. 1830-1837)
  • Ernst August I (r. 1837-1851)
  • George V (r. 1851-1866)

George III
reigned October 25, 1760 – January 29, 1820

Unofficial Royalty: George III of the United Kingdom and Hanover

George III was born at Norfolk House in London on June 4, 1738. A grandson of King George II, he was the son of Frederick, Prince of Wales and Princess Augusta of Saxe-Gotha. On September 8, 1761, he married Princess Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.

George III died January 29, 1820, at Windsor Castle. He is buried in the Royal Crypt at St. George’s Chapel.

Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

Unofficial Royalty: Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

Charlotte was born at Schloss Mirow in Mecklenburg on May 19, 1744. Her parents were Carl Ludwig, Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz and Princess Elisabeth of Saxe-Hildburghausen. She married King George III on September 8, 1761, in the Chapel Royal at St. James’ Palace, London. The couple had 15 children. It was for Queen Charlotte that her husband purchased Buckingham House in London, known for awhile as Queen’s House, which was later expanded and transformed into Buckingham Palace.

Queen Charlotte died on November 17, 1818, at Kew Palace in London. She is buried in the Royal Crypt at St. George’s Chapel.


George IV
reigned January 29, 1820 – June 26, 1830

Unofficial Royalty: George IV of the United Kingdom and Hanover

George IV was born August 12, 1762, at St James’ Palace, London, the eldest son of King George III and Princess Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. On April 8, 1795, he married his cousin, Caroline of Brunswick, in what would turn out to be a disastrous marriage. The couple had one child, a daughter Charlotte, and then separated for the remainder of their lives.

King George IV died in the early morning of June 26, 1830, at Windsor Castle. He is buried in the Royal Crypt at St. George’s Chapel.

Caroline of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel

Unofficial Royalty: Caroline of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel

Caroline of Brunswick was born May 17, 1768, the daughter of Karl Wilhelm, Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, and Princess Augusta of Great Britain. She married her cousin, the future George IV, on April 8, 1795, and the couple had one daughter.

Queen Caroline died on August 7, 1821, at Brandenburg House in London. She is buried in the Royal Crypt at the Brunswick Cathedral in Brunswick, Hanover.

Brunswick Cathedral. photo by Kassandro – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,


Wilhelm IV
reigned June 26, 1830 – June 20, 1837

Unofficial Royalty: William IV of The United Kingdom and Hanover

William was born August 17, 1765, at Buckingham Palace in London. He was the third son of King George III and Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. He was married on July 11, 1818, to Princess Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen.

King William IV died June 20, 1837, at Windsor Castle. He was buried on July 8, in the Royal Crypt at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor.

Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen

Unofficial Royalty: Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen

Princess Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen was born August 13, 1792, in Meiningen, the daughter of George I, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen and Princess Louise-Eleonore of Hohenlohe-Langenburg. She married the future William IV on July 11, 1818, at Kew Palace, in a double wedding with William’s brother Edward, the Duke of Kent, and Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, the Dowager Princess of Leiningen (parents of Queen Victoria).

Queen Adelaide died December 2, 1849, at Bentley Priory in Middlesex, England. She is buried in the Royal Crypt at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor.


Ernst August I
reigned June 20, 1837 – November 18, 1851

Unofficial Royalty: Ernst August I of Hanover

Ernst August I was born at Buckingham House in London, on June 5, 1771. He was the fifth son of King George III and Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. He married Frederica of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, his first cousin, on May 29, 1815.

King Ernst August I died November 18, 1851, in Hanover. He is buried with his wife at the Mausoleum in the Herrenhausen Gardens. He had the Mausoleum built when his wife died ten years earlier, in the grounds of Herrenhausen Castle. The castle itself no longer exists, but the Mausoleum remains.

Frederica of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

Unofficial Royalty: Frederica of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

Frederica was born March 3, 1778, in Hanover, the daughter of Charles II, Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz and Princess Frederica of Hesse-Darmstadt. She married (her third marriage) the future Ernst August I at the parish church of Neustrelitz on May 29, 1815.

Queen Frederica died June 29, 1841, in is buried in the Mausoleum in Herrenhausen Gardens.

Herrenhausen Mausoleum – Photo courtesy


George V
reigned November 18, 1851 – September 20, 1866 (deposed)

Unofficial Royalty: George V of Hanover

George V was born May 27, 1819, in Berlin, to Ernst August I and Frederica of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. He married Marie of Saxe-Altenburg on February 18, 1843, in Hanover. The couple had three children.

King George V, the last King of Hanover, died in Paris on June 12, 1878, at the age of 59. He is buried in the Royal Crypt at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor.

Marie of Saxe-Altenburg

Unofficial Royalty: Marie of Saxe-Altenburg

Marie was born Princess Marie of Saxe-Hildburghausen on April 14, 1818, at Hildburghausen to Joseph, Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Hildburghausen and Amelia, Duchess of Württemberg. A few years later when some territories were moved around within the various branches of the family, they moved to Altenburg and Marie became Princess of Saxe-Altenburg. She married the future George V of Hanover on February 18, 1843, in Hanover.

Queen Marie survived her husband by over 29 years, passing away on January 9, 1907, at  Schloss Cumberland in Gmunden, Austria. She is buried in the Mausoleum at the castle.

Schloss Cumberland; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

Mausoleum of Queen Marie at Schloss Cumberland. photo: Wikipedia