2. King George III, born May 24 (June 4) 1738, under the sign of Gemini
Gemini is the sign of the twins, an air sign, and those born under it are said to be creative, curious, quick-witted, innovative, and emotional. The man who became King George III was born under the sign, eight weeks premature. He was not expected to survive at first. When he did, he grew into a reserved child, privately tutored at the family home on Leicester Square. As a child he took a strong interest in science. His father, the Prince of Wales, died suddenly in 1751, and the King, George II began to pay attention to young George, who became his heir-apparent. George II spoke German as his primary language, and he conversed with his grandson in that language when they met.
George became King George III at the age of 22. During his reign he took no mistresses, remaining faithful to his wife Charlotte, with whom he had fifteen children. During his reign the American colonies were lost, the French Revolution threatened the monarchies of Europe, and the Napoleonic wars raged in its aftermath. His later life was marked with mental illness and near-blindness from cataracts. Until then he exhibited deep curiosity in science and agriculture, assembling a large collection of scientific instruments in his lifetime. As King he had built the King’s Observatory, allowing him to personally observe the transit of Venus in 1769. He exhibited several of the traits attributed to Gemini until his mental health permanently deteriorated in 1810. He died in January, 1820.