Sarah Fairbrother

Sarah Fairbrother (Sarah Louisa Fairbrother; called Mrs FitzGeorge; 1816-12 January 1890) was the wife of Prince George, Duke of Cambridge, a male line grandson of George III. As the couple married in contravention of the Royal Marriages Act 1772, the marriage was legally void.

Early life

Sarah Fairbrother was born in 1816 in Bow Street, London. Her parents were John Robert Fairbrother and Roberta Freeman.

Her father was a partner in a family printing firm in Bow Street. Sarah became an actress in 1830, performing at Drury Lane, the Lyceum, and Covent Garden Theatre.

Marriage

On 8 January 1847, she married Prince George of Cambridge, the son of Prince Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge and Princess Augusta of Hesse-Cassel. Under the Royal Marriages Act 1772, Prince George was required to seek the permission of the British monarch (at that time his cousin, Queen Victoria) to marry, else the marriage would be legally void and any descendants would be illegitimate. However the Prince failed to seek the necessary permission, mainly because he was against the arranged marriages that his royal relatives engaged in, and the fact that he already had two illegitimate children by Sarah.

Their wedding ceremony took place in private at St. John's Church, Clerkenwell, London.

Mrs FitzGeorge

As the marriage was not legal, Sarah could not take on the title of Duchess of Cambridge or the style Her Royal Highness. Instead she was known as Mrs FitzGeorge.

Together the couple had three children:

Mrs FitzGeorge died on 12 January 1890. She is buried at Kensal Green Cemetery, London.

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