George III's papers to be digitised
An ambitious project to digitise King George III's private papers will be launched today in the presence of the Queen.
Work to make the historic documents widely available for the first time will begin in the coming weeks and see King's College London collaborating with the Royal Archives.
Professor Edward Byrne, president and principal of King's College London, said: "King's was founded by King George IV - George III's eldest son and successor - and with Her Majesty the Queen as our present day patron, we are delighted and honoured to have been approached by the Royal Household to work on this prestigious project and to continue our long history of association with the Crown.
"This joint project, to open up over a century of Royal Archives, provides an unprecedented scale of opportunity to discover more about the Georgians."
During the launch, held at Windsor Castle, the Queen will be shown a small exhibition of documents from her forebear.
The project will include the digitisation of all the historic manuscripts from the Georgian period, totalling more than 350,000 pages, of which only about 15% have previously been published.
While the vast majority of the collection are papers from George III, other documents from George I, George II, George IV and William IV will also be made available.
It is hoped the work will transform the understanding of Georgian Britain and its monarchy, at a time of profound cultural, political, economic and social change which created the modern nation.
The project is part of a wider programme of work by the Royal Archives to open up access to its primary source material, following the success of the digitisation of Queen Victoria's journals in 2012.