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Named after Queen Adelaide (1792-1849) who was the widow of King William IV. She was the daughter of the Grand Duke of Saxe-Meininghen. They had two children, whom both died as infants. Before becoming King, William spent many years at sea, commanding ships and later became the Admiral of the Fleet. Before succeeding to the throne, he had a mistress in Dorothea Jordan, or otherwise known as Dorothy Bland, who was a popular actress of the day. They settled down together and had 10 children. When William's allowance was low, which was frequent as it was a meagre one, Dorothy would put on her grease-paint and take to the stage, once again, to raise cash. After 20 years, William realised that he was no longer in love with her and paid Mrs. Jordan a pension in order to release himself for a marriage of wealth. The seeking of this marriage took 7 years and Mrs. Jordan died of a broken heart in those years. William eventually found Princess Adelaide, she brought no dowry, only a promise that she would look after his illegitimate children. Princess Adelaide was reputed to have been a good hearted and kind woman. William Became King at the death of his older brother, George IV. He reigned for 7 years, and at his death the crown passed to his niece, Princess Victoria.