Adelaide Amelia Louise Theresa Caroline (August 13, 1792 – December 2, 1849) or Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen or simply Queen Adelaide the wife of William IV. She is widely credited with helping her husband abandon his profligate ways and adopt a modest lifestyle. Despite a 27 year age gap, meeting only a week before the wedding, and her husband’s many illegitimate children, theirs was a happy marriage. The street was laid out in 1818 when he was still a prince, the year the couple married. Now a reformed character William, who was the Duke of Clarence, was expected to take the throne and provide an heir, since both his older brothers were unhealthy and with no legitimate children of their own. While he was to be crowned, no heir was to come, for although Adelaide fell pregnant many times these only ended in miscarriages, stillbirths, and two infants who died young. In 1830 William IV finally ascended to the throne with Adelaide his consort. During his short-lived reign he oversaw the passing of the Reform Bill in 1832, opening up the electorate to a middle-class for the first-time. William was against it, many believing he was influenced by his wife; and the king faced much criticism. Adelaide overcame this negativity by focusing on her religiosity and charity work, donating annually £20,000 to causes to help women and orphans in particular – and with it becoming a popular figure with developers who named many streets and even the eponymous Australian city after her. When her husband died in 1837, she became the first Queen Dowager for over 100 years. But never one for the the trappings of royal life, she was content to stay in the shadows of her her young niece Victoria. For much of her widowhood Adelaide rented out country houses, including Sudbury Hall, Belton House, Witley Court, Cassiobury House, and Bentley Priory.
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