Queen Charlotte: The Heart of the Regency Royal Family
Queen Charlotte is often overshadowed by her headline-grabbing male relatives: the husband who lost the American Revolution and then went mad and the son who was nicknamed the “Prince of Whales” for his overindulgence in food and drink. But the Queen made her mark during the reign of George III and thanks to the Netflix show, Bridgerton, she is getting the attention she deserves.
Queen Charlotte promoted music at the royal court, inviting the 8-year old Mozart to play at the 1764 celebration of the King’s accession. She supported Kew Gardens. Her charitable work included founding several orphanages and acting as patron of what became known as the Queen’s Hospital.
And she may have been the first mixed race member of the British royal family, Souza, a 15th-century noblewoman whose own lineage leads back to Madragana, a mistress of King Afonso III of Portugal who many historians believe to have been a Moor of Northern African descent, related to the mistress of the King of Portugal.
Join Royal Oak and historian and speaker Carol Ann Lloyd to look at Queen Charlotte and how she managed a household of 15 children, supported her husband during his active reign and then during his lengthy illness, attempted to guide her son in governing the country, and shaped many of our impressions of Regency England.