George III

It is said that George III was unpopular in Liverpool, being perceived to have ‘lost’ America. His unpopularity was exacerbated by his alleged derangement and disappearance from public life and the appointment in 1811 of his son as Prince Regent. Some medical historians have said that George III’s mental instability was caused by a hereditary physical disorder called porphyria. A public subscription for the erection of a statue to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his accession elicited a sluggish response. The statue was finally unveiled in 1822, two years after his death and 14 years after the subscription was announced. 

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