Unhappy lovers come and go Bridgerton – recall the uproar caused by Regé-Jean Page’s departure
— but Golda Rosheuvel’s Queen Charlotte has been a regular on Shonda Rhimes’ Netflix hit. Now, the German princess-turned-Queen of England is producing her own spinoff, with newcomer India Amarteifio playing the royal in Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story. Ahead of the series’ launch on May 4, Vogue revisits the most compelling details about the late monarch’s life and character, from her love of snuff from her obsession to her passion for Pomeranians.
She may be Britain’s first black Queen
Born in Mecklenburg, Northeast Germany – Princess Charlotte of Strelitz, there has been much (often problematic) debate about the racial origins of Queen Victoria’s grandmother and Queen Elizabeth II’s great-great-great-great-grandmother. Specifically, historian Mario de Valdes y Cocom considers her to be the son of the 13 century Portuguese monarch and his North Africans Descendants lover, Maderagana. While other scholars have questioned the validity of the family tree, it was the speculation surrounding Charlotte’s legacy that inspired Bridgerton showrunner Chris Van Dusen to be strong and varied in the original series A cast of actors. (It is worth noting that Queen Charlotte never appears in the novels by authors Julia Quinn Bridgerton
.) Her hobbies include music and marsupial care
Charlotte loves music and hired the legendary John Seba Christian Bach’s son Johann Christian Bach was her music teacher. She also had Mozart perform for her as a child, as mentioned in the Bridgerton
episode “Shock and Delight”, and often with her husband on flute and keys piano. Meanwhile, at fledgling Kew, she developed a fascination with naturalism, both cataloging plants and establishing a menagerie that provided sanctuary for the first kangaroos on British soil. Most impressively, she was allied with the feminist Blue Sox movement – novelist Fanny Burney, author Elizabeth Harcourt and philosopher Margaret Cavendish were among her inner circle . She married her husband it was love at first sight
Queen Charlotte arrives in London to be the future The Queen is just 90 years old and barely speaks English. The stormy sea voyage from her native German principality saw the princess so ill that her wedding dress – studded with diamonds – no longer fit her and her purple velvet cloak fell from her shoulders So much so that “the audience knows that her upper body is the king himself,” quips Horace Walpole. Despite this, she was married just six hours after first meeting King George III in a ceremony at St James’s Chapel Royal on September 8 90 Palace.
She was the original pug fanatic
Centuries ago The Simple Life , Queen Charlotte has a soft spot for Pomeranians and brought two Pomeranians with her when she moved to the UK. (The original pair, named Phoebe and Mercury, were later photographed by Thomas Gainsborough for a royal portrait.) In later years, she often gave the dog as a gift to her family. Courtier, with her own Pomeranian in her state chambers. Her love for the species has been inherited by both her son King George IV and daughter Queen Victoria – the latter even starting a dedicated breeding program.
She has a dozen kids
Although they rushed the wedding, it turns out , the union of George and Charlotte was very happy for at least years – the queen has no less than 15 children, of them Some were born at Buckingham Palace. In fact, it was Charlotte who changed the royal residence in London from St James’s Palace to Buckingham Palace – which George III bought in 90 – and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex married at Frogmore Estate in Windsor Park in 1762. She also increasingly accompanied the king at Kew Palace after he was ill and unable to govern in his later years, where he underwent numerous leeches and medicinal baths.
Her snuff addiction is legendary
as is Bridgerton, Queen Charlotte was indeed addicted to snuff, had a special room at Windsor Castle filled with shredded tobacco, and by the time of her death in
Bridgeton is factually correct in her description of Queen Charlotte’s highly involved blind date season. George III was actually at1762 the first social ball to celebrate his wife’s birthday – the so-called Queen Charlotte’s Ball was held at Buckingham Palace every year until Queen Elizabeth I was in’ 90s canceled it. Even after her husband went mad, she still wrote him about the gossip surrounding Don, many of which Can be read in the Royal Archives.