H.R.H. Prince George Frederick Alexander Charles Ernest Augustus, K.G., was born in Berlin 1819 as the eldest son of Prince Ernest Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, King of Hanover (1771-1851), fifth son of King George III (1760-1820). He was born in Berlin in 1819, his mother Friederike (d.1841) was the daughter of Karl II, Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. He was originally styled Prince George of Cumberland. He spent his childhood in Berlin and in Britain. His father succeeded to the throne of Hanover on the death of King William IV in 1837. Although often referred to as one of Queen Victoria's wicked uncles Prince George's father, Ernest Augustus was both kind hearted and generous and most notable among his brother's a loving husband. Moreover he was devoted to his son. Tragically Prince George was blinded in an accident at the age of thirteen.