Cecilia Underwood, 1st Duchess of Inverness

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Cecilia Underwood, 1st Duchess of Inverness (born Lady Cecilia Letitia Gore; c. 1789 – 1 August 1873) was a mistress of Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex (sixth son of King George III).wikipedia
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Royal Marriages Act 1772

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Despite marrying, their union was in contravention of the Royal Marriages Act 1772 and as such was considered legally void. The Duke of Sussex had already married Lady Augusta Murray in 1793, but that marriage was annulled in 1794 as it contravened the Royal Marriages Act 1772, which required that all members of the British Royal Family seek permission of the sovereign before marriage.

George III of the United Kingdom

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1789 – 1 August 1873) was a mistress of Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex (sixth son of King George III).

Kensington Palace

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The couple resided at the Duke's apartments in Kensington Palace.
His second wife, Lady Cecilia Letitia Buggin, was never titled or recognised as the Duchess of Sussex.

Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex

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1789 – 1 August 1873) was a mistress of Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex (sixth son of King George III). Lady Cecilia's husband, the Duke of Sussex, is portrayed by David Bamber.
A year after the death of Lady Augusta D'Ameland (Lady Augusta Murray), the Duke of Sussex married a second time on 2 May 1831 (again in contravention of the Royal Marriages Act) to Lady Cecilia Letitia Buggin (1793–1873), the eldest daughter of Arthur Gore, 2nd Earl of Arran, and Elizabeth Underwood, and the widow of Sir George Buggin.

Arthur Gore, 2nd Earl of Arran

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Her father was Arthur Gore, 2nd Earl of Arran; her mother, Elizabeth née Underwood.

Earl of Inverness

This recognised her husband's subsidiary title of Earl of Inverness.
Sussex's second wife (whom he married in contravention of the Royal Marriages Act of 1772 making the marriage legally void) was given the title of Duchess of Inverness in her own right, which became extinct upon her death in 1873.

Lady Augusta Murray

The Lady Augusta Murray
The Duke of Sussex had already married Lady Augusta Murray in 1793, but that marriage was annulled in 1794 as it contravened the Royal Marriages Act 1772, which required that all members of the British Royal Family seek permission of the sovereign before marriage.
After Lady Augusta's death the Duke of Sussex married Lady Cecilia Underwood, and lived at Kensington Palace.

Daisy Goodwin

Lady Cecilia is portrayed briefly in the 2016 ITV series Victoria, Episode 6 "The Queen's Husband" by Daisy Goodwin, creator of the series and its main writer.
* Victoria (2016-), a cameo role as Lady Cecilia Underwood, Duchess of Inverness, Episode 6 "The Queen's Husband".

Queen Victoria

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She was created Duchess of Inverness, in her own right, by Queen Victoria, on 10 April 1840.

Earl

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She was styled Lady Cecilia Gore at birth, the courtesy title of a daughter of an earl.

Kensal Green Cemetery

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The Duke of Sussex died in April 1843 at Kensington Palace and was buried at Kensal Green Cemetery.

Victoria (British TV series)

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Lady Cecilia is portrayed briefly in the 2016 ITV series Victoria, Episode 6 "The Queen's Husband" by Daisy Goodwin, creator of the series and its main writer.

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Charles Hay, 20th Earl of Erroll

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Sir Charles Gore, KH, GCB (1793 – 1869), a Waterloo officer, a son of the 2nd Earl of Arran and a brother of the Duchess of Inverness.

Maud of Wales

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Her godparents were her paternal uncle Prince Leopold, for whom the Duke of Cambridge stood proxy; Prince Frederick William of Hesse-Kassel, for whom Prince Francis of Teck stood proxy; Count Gleichen; the Duchess of Nassau, for whom Princess Francis of Teck stood proxy; King Charles XV of Sweden, for whom Baron Hochschild, the Swedish minister, stood proxy; Princess Marie of Leiningen, for whom Princess Claudine of Teck stood proxy; her maternal aunt the Tsarevna of Russia for whom Baroness de Brunnow stood proxy; Crown Princess Louise of Denmark, for whom Madame de Bülow, the Danish Minister's wife, stood proxy; and her great-grand aunt the Duchess of Inverness.

Earl of Arran

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Lord Arran had sixteen children, and one of his daughters was Cecilia Underwood, Duchess of Inverness.

Duke of Inverness

Lady Cecilia Underwood was the second wife of Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex, the sixth son of King George III; however, their marriage was deemed illegal because of the Royal Marriages Act 1772, so Cecilia was never recognized as Duchess of Sussex or a British princess.

Duke of Sussex

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On 2 May 1831, Prince Augustus Frederick married secondly (and again in contravention of the Royal Marriages Act 1772), Lady Cecilia Gore at Great Cumberland Place, London.

Gore baronets

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A notable family member was Cecilia Underwood, Duchess of Inverness.

Great Cumberland Place

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The residents listed in 1833 were: "Hans Busk, Esq.; Sir Clifford Constable; Sir Frederick Hamilton; Lady C. Underwood; Sir G. Ivison Tapps; Baron Bülow (the Prussian Minister); General Sir R. M'Farlane; Leonard Currie, Esq.; Sir S. B. Fludyer, Bart.; Lady Trollope; Earl of Leitrim; Sir Alexander Johnston; and the Hon. and Right Rev. the Lord Bishop of Norwich", and in Great Cumberland Street "Lord Saltoun; Mrs. Portman; John Wells, Esq.; Colonel Sherwood; Captain Richard Manby; John Lodge, Esq.; Major Murray; Robert Cutlar Fergusson, Esq.; John N. McLeod, Esq.; and Lord Bagot".