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Chapter XXXII, of Cassells Illustrated History of England, Volume 7 page 2


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By his will the king bequeathed 2,000 to each of his children, of whom eight survived him, with equal shares in a policy of life insurance for 40,000. This was a modest provision for the children of a king; but, as has already been stated, they were not the children of his queen, and, besides, the sons were all well provided for otherwise, in situations about the court, in the army, in the navy, and the church; while the daughters were well married. The race of Fitzclarences had so multiplied under these auspices, that the king left behind him seventeen grandchildren. He had two daughters by his queen, but both died in infancy, and thus the only object of his marriage with the princess Adelaide was frustrated. The truth is, he had been virtually married for many years to Mrs. Jordan - an actress - with whom he lived as his wife, and whom he treated with as much attention and respect as could be expected under his peculiar circumstances. Jordan was only an assumed name. Her real name was Dorothy Bland. Her connection with the king, then duke of Clarence, was suddenly broken off in 1811. He settled upon her a yearly allowance of 4,400 for the maintenance of herself and her daughters, with the provision that if she returned to the stage, the four daughters, together with 1,500 allowed for them, should revert to the father. But her passion for the stage seems to have overcome all other considerations, and she resumed her profession a few months after. Getting involved in pecuniary embarrassments, she subsequently retired to France, where she gradually sank under the weight of her afflictions, and died at St. Cloud, July 3rd, 1816. Her children by the prince were freely received in aristocratic society, and on the death of their father, the allowance of 500 a-year was continued to them by Queen Victoria.

The royal remains lay in state in the Waterloo chamber, covered with a purple velvet pal], under a canopy of purple cloth, with the imperial and regal crowns, and all the usual insignia, until the 8th of July, when they were borne to St. George's Chapel, all the regal household, the privy councillors, the legal dignitaries, the prelates, the peers, and the ministers of state, attending the funeral obsequies. The crown of Hanover descending exclusively to males, it was, by the accession of a female sovereign to the throne, dissevered from the crown of England, and the duke of Cumberland, the next male heir, departed with his family to take possession of the Germanic kingdom. The funeral service of William IV. concluded thus: - " Let us humbly beseech Almighty God to bless and preserve with long life, and health, and honour, and all worldly happiness, the most high, most mighty, and most excellent Princess, our sovereign lady Victoria, now by the grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, queen, defender of the faith, and sovereign of the most noble order of the garter. God save the queen!"

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