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Thought of as rakishly handsome in his youth, the duke in his older years is showing some signs of age with lines in his face and a slightly widening girth, but remains irresistible to many. He wears his clothing with fashionable style.
Initial Impression of Personality
As a childhood friend of Charles II the duke is known to be shockingly frank with the King. Sharing the Kings view on religious toleration, George also shares the cavalier gallantry of the old court and a passion for women.He was witty, good-humoured, good-natured, generous, an unsurpassed mimic and the leader of fashion.
George was brought up by King Charles I, together with his younger brother, Francis and, the King's own children, after the assassination of his father, the first Duke of Buckingham, who had been the lover of both James I and, it was rumoured, Charles I, and their most favourite courtier.
He married Hon. Mary Fairfax, daughter of Thomas Fairfax, 3rd Baron Fairfax of Cameron and Hon. Anne de Vere, on 15 September 1657, in Bolton Percy, Yorkshire, England. The father of the bride tried to get the marriage annulled later but this did not wash. Currently his wife resides with her father after the incident with the Countess of Shrewsbury.
He previously fought and held the rank of Colonel, and for some time held the office of Lord of the Admiralty, until forced by the Test Act to resign, in 1673. He is one of the founding members of the Royal Society. Having held several titles in the past, including Gentleman of the Bedchamber of the king and Privy Councillor. He is now in retirement, having been removed from all public offices, and thrown back to his hobbies of horse racing and breeding, as well as writing poetry and plays.
When in London, George resides in Pall Mall.