Duke of Sussex

Dukedom of Sussex
Creation date 27 November 1801
Monarch George III
Peerage Peerage of the United Kingdom
First holder Prince Augustus Frederick
Last holder Prince Augustus Frederick
1st Duke of Sussex
Remainder to the 1st Duke's heirs male of the body lawfully begotten
Subsidiary titles Earl of Inverness
Baron Arklow
Extinction date 21 April 1843

Duke of Sussex was a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. It was conferred on 27 November 1801 upon Prince Augustus Frederick, the sixth son of King George III. He was made Baron Arklow and Earl of Inverness, at the same time, also in the Peerage of the United Kingdom.

Prince Augustus Frederick married firstly the Lady Augusta Murray at St George's, Hanover Square, Westminster, in 1793 and secondly Lady Cecilia Gore at Great Cumberland Place, London, on 2 May 1831. Both marriages were in contravention of the Royal Marriages Act 1772. The first was annulled and the Prince's two children were thus made illegitimate. The second was not annulled but, as a morganatic wife, Lady Cecilia could not be received at court. She was eventually (on 30 March 1840) given the title of Duchess of Inverness in her own right by Queen Victoria.[1]

Since Augustus Frederick had no legitimate issue, his titles became extinct on his death in 1843.

In 1999, during the time leading up to the wedding of Prince Edward, the youngest son of Elizabeth II, experts had suggested the Dukedom of Sussex or Cambridge as the most likely title to be granted to him. Instead, Prince Edward was created Earl of Wessex, and it was announced that he would eventually be created Duke of Edinburgh, a title currently held by his father.[2] There was again speculation that Prince William of Wales might be given the Sussex title on his wedding to Catherine Middleton in April 2011,[3] but he was instead created Duke of Cambridge. In the same year, it was reported that Prince Harry had been promised the title.[4]

Dukes of Sussex (1801)

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