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THE HANOVER: 300 Years of British-German Royal Ties

517px-William_Hogarth_-_Gin_Lane2014 marks the 300th anniversary of the Hanoverian accession to the British Throne, a crucial moment in which the new British nation created an original sense of style that is still recognised across the world today. With the death of Queen Anne and the unsuccessful search for a Protestant heir in England, the British monarchy turned to its distant relatives from the Principality of Hanover. From 1714 four Georges from the House of Hanover wore the British crown, giving their name to the 18th-century and shaping the history of the British Empire. The Georgian era has left its mark to this very day.

To showcase the numerous events in Britain and Germany celebrating the tercentenary of the Hanoverian Succession in 2014, the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, London has set up an online portal on its website. These anniversary events include:

royal-banner-1714-1801-house-of-hanover-5-x-3-flag-3934-pBy George! Handel’s Music for Royal Occasions
The Foundling Museum, London (6 February – 18 May 2014)
www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk

William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain
Victoria and Albert Museum, London (22 March – 13 July 2014)
www.vam.ac.uk/williamkent  | #WilliamKent  | @SignorKentino

Early Georgian Royal Palaces in Britain and Germany – Lecture
The German House, 34 Belgrave Square (13 March 2014, 6.30pm)
www.britishgermanassociation.org

The First Georgians: Art & Monarchy 1714-1760
The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London (11 April – 12 October 2014)
www.royalcollection.org.uk

Glorious Georges Season
Historic Royal Palaces, Hampton Court, Kensington and Kew Palaces (from 17 April 2014)
www.hrp.org.uk

Hanover Rules! – Season of events and concerts
Handel House Museum (May – August 2014)
www.handelhouse.org

Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music
Various London venues (16 – 24 May 2014)
www.lufthansafestival.org.uk

The Hanoverians on Britain’s Throne 1714 – 1837
Landesmuseum, Hanover, Germany (17 May – 5 October 2014)
www.landesmuseum-hannover.niedersachsen.de

Royal Heritage Route Germany
German National Tourist Office UK and Ireland
www.germany.travel/royalheritage

About Rebecca Rideal

Rebecca Rideal
Founder and editor of The History Vault, Rebecca is a historian of seventeenth-century England, a former specialist factual television producer, and the author of 1666: Plague, War and Hellfire.

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