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Prince Edward

Prince of Great Britain

Died when: 52 years 82 days (626 months)
Star Sign: Scorpio


Prince Edward

Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn, (Edward Augustus; 2 November 1767 – 23 January 1820) was the fourth son and fifth child of King George III.

His only child became Queen Victoria.Prince Edward was created Duke of Kent and Strathearn and Earl of Dublin on 23 April 1799 and, a few weeks later, appointed a General and commander-in-chief of British forces in the Maritime Provinces of North America.

On 23 March 1802, he was appointed Governor of Gibraltar and nominally retained that post until his death.The Duke was appointed Field-Marshal of the Forces on 3 September 1805.

Edward was the first member of the royal family to live in North America for more than a short visit (1791–1800) and, in 1794, the first prince to enter the United States (travelling to Boston on foot from Lower Canada) after independence.

He is credited with the first use, on 27 June 1792, of the term "Canadian" to mean both French and English settlers in Upper and Lower Canada.

The Prince used the term in an effort to quell a riot between the two groups at a polling station in Charlesbourg, Lower Canada.

In the 21st century, he has been styled the "Father of the Canadian Crown" for his impact on the development of Canada.

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