Clarence House: Where the King and Queen Consort live

Clarence House takes its name from its first occupant: William, Duke of Clarence, third son of George III, who ruled as William IV from 1830 to 1837. He entered the Royal Navy in 1778 at the age of 13 and during a career spanning 30 years – deprived of neither birth nor connection – rose from the rank of midshipman to admiral of the fleet in 1811. The latter appointment coincided with a turning point in his career, his father’s final insanity from 1810.

Until this moment, he seemed an unlikely heir to the throne and lived accordingly. On the sidelines, his activities were the object of scandal and over 20 years, he cohabited with comedian Dorothy Bland, better known as Mrs. Jordan, who bore him 10 children.

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