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Cambridge, George, 2nd duke of

Cambridge, George, 2nd duke of (1819–1904). Cambridge, first cousin to Queen Victoria, was born in Hanover where his father was viceroy. He followed his father into the army, fought in the Crimea, reaching field marshal by 1862. In the 1830s he was considered by some a possible husband for Victoria but in the end married an actress. As commander-in-chief of the army for nearly forty years between 1856 and 1895, Cambridge was known for his resistance to reform, particularly those initiated by Cardwell. The equestrian statue in Whitehall was erected in 1907.

J. A. Cannon

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