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The House of Hanover is a European Royal House in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition - Knights of the Mediterranean. Like all minor civilizations, they can be allied with by building a Trading Post at their Trading Post site.


  • Hanover totenkopf hussar portrait.jpg Totenkopf Hussar: Fast German Hand Cavalry that charges its deadly sabre attack ability when attacking. Benefits from promotions.
  • Hanover black brunswicker portrait.jpg Black Brunswicker: Swift Musketeer. Good against Cavalry. Benefits from promotions
  • Hanover drummer portrait.jpg Drummer: Military musician who can inspire military units to move and attack faster.


Age Technology Cost Effect
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Royal scots grey.png Royal Scots Grey 500 food
500 coin
Ships 5 Totenkopf Hussars; Totenkopf Hussars' Death Strike ability is ready from the start
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Royal card games.png Royal Card Games 125 food
125 wood
125 coin
Immediately sends random a Home City Card in the player's deck
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Acts of union.png Acts of Union 400 food
400 wood
400 coin
Drummers can plant an Inspiring Flag, which spawns 1 British, Scottish, and Irish mercenary when planted
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Victorian era.png Victorian Era Varies Advances the player to the Imperial Age; Ships 1 Factory Wagon (the cost can be reduced by XP train and build bounties)

Royal House ability[]

Royal Fireworks: Briefly stuns all enemy units.


The House of Hanover can trace its origins back to the prestigious German families of Brunswick and Welf, the latter of which produced the influential Henry the Lion during the 1100s. These families’ steady rise over the coming centuries eventually culminated in the elector George I, becoming head of the British monarchy, a connection which would result in the most prestigious period in British history. Through their network of benefits as part of the Holy Roman Empire, including a key alliance with the Prussians, the Hanoverians transformed Britain into the world’s leading superpower that would reach its apex by the Victorian Era, a period sometimes referred to as Pax Britannica, for the record-shattering size of the British Empire during the long reign of Queen Victoria.

The combined German Legion and British Army saw generations of great military victories, most notably the Battle of Waterloo of 1815, in which the renowned Royal Scots Greys cavalry led a decisive charge that put an end to the ambitions of Napoleon. Reaping the lucrative benefits of their partnership, the Hanoverians ultimately developed their own kingdom following the demise of the Holy Roman Empire at the start of the 1800s and would rule much of their native Germany for several decades.

Despite–and indeed as a result of–producing the largest maritime empire in world history, the unique relationship between the Hanoverians and the British also contributed to the divestment of British royal powers in favor of a constitutional monarchy, setting the precedent for the decentralized system of politics that dominates most of Europe today.


  • The units are based on the German Duchy of Brunswick-Lüneburg, except the Drummers, who speak English.
  • Great Britain was also ruled by the Hanover House between 1714 and 1901.
  • The settlement resembles Buckingham Palace.



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Civilizations in Age of Empires III
African^Ethiopians · Hausa
American***Mexicans^^ · United States
Asian**Chinese · Indians · Japanese
EuropeanBritish · Dutch · French · Germans · Italians^^^ · Maltese^^^ · Ottomans · Portuguese · Russians · Spanish · Swedes***
Native American*Aztecs · Haudenosaunee (formerly Iroquois) · Incas*** · Lakota (formerly Sioux)
Minor civilizations
African Kingdom^Akan · Berbers · Somalis · Sudanese · Yoruba
Asian Holy Site**Bhakti Temple · Jesuit Mission · Shaolin Temple · Sufi Mosque · Tengri Shrine*** · Udasi Temple · Zen Temple
European Royal House^^^House of Bourbon · House of Habsburg · House of Hanover · House of Jagiellon · House of Oldenburg · House of Phanar · House of Vasa · House of Wettin · House of Wittelsbach
Native American SettlementApache* · Carib · Cherokee · Cheyenne* · Comanche · Cree · Huron* · Klamath* · Lenape^^ · Mapuche* · Maya · Navajo* · Nootka · Quechua (formerly Incas) · Seminole · Tupi · Zapotec* (Former: Aztecs · Haudenosaunee · Lakota)
Campaign civilizations
Black Family Estate · Circle of Ossus · John Black's Mercenaries · Knights of St. John · United States
Civilizations in Historical Battles***
Barbary Pirates · Canadians^^ · Ethiopians · Moroccans^ · Somalians · Tatars · United States
* introduced in The Warchiefs   ** in The Asian Dynasties   *** in the Definitive Edition   ^ in The African Royals   ^^ in The Mexico DLC   ^^^ in Knights of the Mediterranean