Special Collectors Set 9
King William IV
Limited to 250 sets - Issued in 1975
The third son of George III, William was king of both the United Kindom, and Hanover, until his death. Because of his early naval career, he was known as "The Sailor King". He was very susceptible to female charms, continually falling in love from the age of fourteen, until his death. This doll shows him dressed far differently from how we normally think of him, in his famous Coronation Robes portrait
After several rebuffs, Adelaide of Saxe-Coburg and Meiningen gave in, and married William. She bore him two daughters, both of whom died in early childhood. In later life, she became much respected for her charitable works
Mrs Jordan, born Dorothea Bland, near Waterford, Ireland, adopted the name, "Mrs Jordan", to lend her stage career an air of respectability. There was no Mr Jordan, and she never married - Though as the Mistress of King William IV, she bore him ten children!
Five years before his marriage to Adelaide, William had wooed the twenty-five year old widowed Duchess, sister of the Emperor of Russia. Catherine was not impressed by his vulgar familiarity, and was very critical of the British Royal Family.
All the dolls shown here are samples showing the approved design standard to be achieved in production. They show how the finished dolls should look when correctly dressed and finished.
The complete set consisted of the following four dolls :
- LE/60 - King William IV
- LE/61 - Queen Adelaide
- LE/62 - Mrs Dorothea Jordan
- LE/63 - Grand Duchess Catherine of Oldenburg
The slideshow below displays the entire "King William IV" doll collection
The doll pictures will auto run as a slide show in the window above.
Press F5 (function key 5 on your keyboard), to re-start the slide show.
Alternatively, you may control the slideshow manually – follow the steps below :
- Place the cursor at the bottom of the window to access thumbnail and navigation control bar
- Click on the “?” (question mark) symbol (bottom left hand side of the control bar) for a detailed explanation of the controls
- See a full screen slideshow by clicking on the “Square with Arrow” symbol (2nd from right on the control bar)
- Use the keyboard arrow keys to move forward and back through the slideshow, as desired
- Use the “ESC” key to leave full screen mode