Independence Day Royal Recap: George III

What with it being Independence Day this week, we thought we’d use our Monday Royal Recap slot to take a look at the last ruling monarch of the US of A: George III. It’s all very tongue and cheek of course and we’re more than happy with our corner of Greenwich Village and a warm Shepherd’s Pie every evening, thank you very much.

The rather dashing King George III

George III was the grandfather of Queen Victoria, and is most famous for being struck down with a mental illness while still on the throne. One common story told how he tried to shake hands with a tree believing it to be the King of Prussia! A film that’s well worth a watch is the marvellous British’The Madness of King George’ made back in 1994. Here’s the trailer:

A few other interesting facts about mad old George are that he fathered 15 children, his favorite hobby was farming and he was the longest reigning monarch up until that point. So that concludes today’s history lesson, which leaves only one more thing to be said: you know what America, you’ve done a lot better off without ’em…. Happy Independence Day!!