George, the son of
George I of Great Britain and Sophia
of Celle, was born November 9 1683 at Herrenhausen Castle.
George Augustus learned to speak English and in 1705 became a naturalised British Subject. In September 1705 he and Caroline, Princess of Ansbach, were married at Herrenhausen. Though the marriage was arranged, it proved to be very happy. Caroline also learned to speak English and in September 1714 they arrived in London. George was invested Prince of Wales and together they attended the Coronation of George I.
George II succeeded to the British throne on 22 June 1727 on the
death of his father. His coronation took place in October in Westminster Abbey.
His reign lasted more the 33 years in which time Britain prospered at home and
overseas. George II was skilled in military matters and in 1743 commanded
British troops when the French were defeated at Dettingen - the last British
King to lead an army into battle.
Queen Caroline died in 1737 from gangrene that set in after an operation. George II died from a heart attack suffered after he ate breakfast on October 25, 1760. In accordance with his instructions, boards were removed from the sides of their coffins so that their bones could come together. He was succeeded by his grandson, George III.