Editors. "Hanover is separated from Britain". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 December 2011
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With the death of William IV, and the accession to the British throne of his niece Victoria, the crown of Hanover is automatically separated from Britain, since the Salic Law forbids female succession there. As a result, the Hanoverian crown passes to Ernest Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, George III's eldest surviving son, who rules until 1851.