Clarence House: where the King and Queen Consort live

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 ruled 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 – disadvantaged neither by birth nor connection – rose from the rank of Midshipman to Admiral of the Fleet in 1811. The latter appointment coincided with a turning point in his career, the final madness of his father from 1810.

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

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