Princess Charlotte of Wales

Princess Charlotte of Wales

Second In Line To the British Throne
Born Jan 7, 1796

Princess Charlotte of Wales was the only child of George, Prince of Wales (later to become King George IV) and Caroline of Brunswick. Had she outlived her father and her grandfather, King George III, she would have become Queen of the United Kingdom, but she died following childbirth at the age of 21. Charlotte's parents disliked each other from before their pre-arranged marriage and soon separated.… Read More

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On 11 February 1796, the little princess was christened Charlotte Augusta, after her grandmothers, Queen Charlotte and Augusta, Duchess of Brunswick-Lüneburg, in the Great Drawing Room at Carlton House by John Moore, Archbishop of Canterbury. … Read More
1797 1 Year Old In August 1797, Caroline left Carlton House, establishing herself in a rented home near Blackheath and leaving her daughter behind—English law at the time considered the father's rights to minor children paramount. … Read More
1798 2 Years Old In December 1798, the Prince invited his estranged wife to spend the winter at Carlton House, which she refused to do. … Read More
1805 9 Years Old In 1805, the King began making plans for Charlotte's education, and engaged a large staff of instructors for his only legitimate grandchild, with the Bishop of Exeter to instruct her in the faith that King George believed one day Charlotte, as queen, would defend. … Read More


1807 11 Years Old Princess Caroline's unconventional behaviour led, in 1807, to accusations that she had had sexual relations with other men since the separation. … Read More
1811 15 Years Old …  On 6 February 1811, Charlotte's father was sworn in as Prince Regent before the Privy Council, as Charlotte rode back and forth in the gardens outside Carlton House, trying to catch glimpses of the ceremony through the ground-floor windows. … Read More
1813 17 Years Old In 1813, with the tide of the Napoleonic Wars having turned firmly in Britain's favour, George began to seriously consider the question of Charlotte's marriage. … Read More
1814 18 Years Old 1 More Event
…  On 10 June 1814, Charlotte signed the marriage contract. … Read More
1815 19 Years Old In the early months of 1815, Charlotte fixed on Leopold (or as she termed him, "the Leo") as a spouse. … Read More


In January 1816, the Prince Regent invited his daughter to the Royal Pavilion in Brighton, and she pleaded with him to allow the marriage. … Read More
…  At the end of April 1817, Leopold informed the Prince Regent that Charlotte was again pregnant, and that there was every prospect of the Princess carrying the baby to term. … Read More
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