Saturday, 28 September 2013

The three Charlottes - royal women in the life of George III

The three Charlottes is a YouTube video which introduces the listener to three Georgian royals in the life of George III: his wife, his eldest daughter and his granddaughter, all named Charlotte. I gave this speech at my local group of Toastmasters International and I have now recorded it with pictures to illustrate.

The three Charlottes


Queen Charlotte

The first Charlotte is Queen Charlotte, wife of George III, who had to bear the agony of watching her husband go mad. (1)

Queen Charlotte  from Memoirs of her most excellent majesty  Sophia-Charlotte, Queen of Great Britain  by John Watkins (1819)
Queen Charlotte
from Memoirs of her most excellent majesty
Sophia-Charlotte, Queen of Great Britain
by John Watkins (1819)
You can read more about her here.

Princess Royal

The second Charlotte is Princess Charlotte Augusta Matilda, George III’s eldest daughter, known as the Princess Royal. Princess Royal was placed in a very bad situation when her husband, the ruler of W├╝rttemberg, made peace with Napoleon, making her an enemy of her homeland.

Princess Charlotte Augusta Matilda  from A Biographical Memoir of Frederick,   Duke of York and Albany  by John Watkins (1827)
Princess Charlotte Augusta Matilda
from A Biographical Memoir of Frederick,
 Duke of York and Albany
by John Watkins (1827)
Read more about Princess Royal here.

Princess Charlotte of Wales

The third Charlotte is Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales, George III’s granddaughter, whose sad, premature death left her husband and the entire country in mourning.

Princess Charlotte  from The Ladies' Monthly Museum  In memoriam (1817)
Princess Charlotte
from The Ladies' Monthly Museum
In memoriam (1817)
Read about Princess Charlotte’s childhood here.
Read about Princess Charlotte’s marriage and death here.

Note
(1) It is thought that George III may have been suffering from porphyria which gave the appearance of madness or he may actually have been insane. Either way, he was mentally incapacitated and became incapable of ruling.

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