On the 29th of January 1820, King George II died, aged eighty-one years. Having reigned for almost sixty years, he was England’s longest reigning monarch.
George was widely popular amongst his subjects, though ‘Farmer George’ was often satirised for his keen interest in agriculture. He also drew some ridicule upon the onset of porphyria in 1788 which was misunderstood at the time and believed to be a form of madness.
He suffered greatly in later life, mentally and physically; eventually recognizing the Regency Act of 1811. George’s son, the Prince of Wales, then acted as Regent until the death of his father on this day in 1820.