Who was the last British king to fight in battle?

George II, who. was King of Great Britain from 1727 to 1760 and regarded himself as a military genius, was the last British sovereign to take an active part in a military campaign and to participate in a battle. In 1708 at the age of twenty-five George fought at Oudenarde as Prince of Hanover. Upon the outbreak of the War of the Austrian Succession in 1741 he went to Germany in person and attempted to carry on the war according to his own notions. On June 27, 1743, he defeated a French army under Noailles at Dettingen in Bavaria. That was the last battle in which a king of England fought. Soon after he capitulated to the French at Fort Necessity, in the spring of 1754, George Washington, then twenty-two years old, wrote a- letter to his younger brother, John Augustine, in which he said: “I have heard the bullets whistle; and, believe me, there is something charming in the sound.” This letter somehow found its way to London, where it was printed with appropriate comments by Horace Walpole. When it came to the attention of George II the hero of Dettingen is said to have observed: “He has not heard many of them or he would not think them very charming.”