The preliminary work on the Timelines of the Regency Era has now been presented. 50 years of happenings, events, births and deaths of prominent figures. It is not over. There are probably a good thousand more events to be recorded. In fact, at this point only those details through 1802 have been added into the Timeline.
The rest takes a great deal of editing, as well as searching and placing the graphics. The first years of 1787 to 1801 can all be found at Regency Assembly Press’ Timeline page
There are a lot of pictures shown there. It will add to your visualization of the Regency. But now, what to include in my daily posts. For months now we have had something new every day, and by the number of hits we are not getting, there is a small following.
Soon we will have an Edwardian Timeline, but for now, Regency Personalities is something I have thought to start on.
Over the next few days I thought it might be useful for me to have a guide.
Amongst other royalty and notables will be:
The not Queen Caroline
Wellington (the Military man)
Previous Notables (Click to see the Blog):
Today, the next personality of our period, Queen Charlotte, wife of George III. Much of this is work I have done for the English Historical Fiction Authors, of which I am a member of.
May 19th 1744 to November 17th 1818
After the current Duke of Edinburgh, Phillip, Charlotte is the longest serving consort to a
British Monarch. Over 57 years. She gave her husband, George III fifteen children. Nine boys, six girls. Two kings.
Charlotte was a patroness of the arts, known to Bach’s youngest son and to Mozart. She was also an amateur botanist and help to expand Kew Gardens.
She was born the youngest daughter of a small northern German Duchy, her father the Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz and Prince of Mirow. (Unlike her one day boorish daughter-in-law Caroline, Charlotte was given an admirable education and brought up as a lady.) A good education, and religious upbringing made her a solid candidate for George III. Colonel Graeme of George’s court discovered her when she was 17 and though not a beauty, had admirable qualities including ‘white and even teeth.’
By July of 1761 George had settled on her (though he had been passionately in love with two others before her.) By August the Princess was on her way to England. A thunderstorm set fire to several trees on their route. And a storm at sea caused a normal three day passage to take nine days. (A biographer pointed out that during the storm, Charlotte was fine, while all her attendants were sea-sick.)
She met George III on September 7th 1761 and they were married September 8th. August 12th, 1762, George (Later King George IV) was born. The first years as queen though, she as so many other women, had to contend with a strong willed mother-in-law (Augusta of Saxe-Gotha) who exerted a great deal of control over George III.
Thirteen of the fifteen children that Charlotte was to have lived to adulthood. After the birth of George, the royal family moved to Buckingham House which would later be remodeled and renamed Buckingham Palace.
Charlotte was an admirer of music and Mozart (aged 8 at the time) came to England and on May 19th, 1764, appeared at court and played and sang, including a duet with Charlotte. The music master to the Queen was the 11th son of Bach, Johanne Christian. Mozart later had his Opus 3 dedicated to the queen.
Charlotte founded orphanages and a hospital for expectant mothers. She saw to the education of women, including her daughters.
When George was taking with his prophyria, Charlotte was charged legally with his care, but she avoided him since when ill, he was prone to violence.
One person, though she never met, that she was friends with was Marie Antoinette. They wrote to each other regularly, obviously having similar concerns. Charlotte was related to be shocked and overwhelmed by the manner of Marie Antoinette’s treatment and murder.
Prinny was at her son, holding her had when she died. He kept her jewels but all the rest of her property was sold at auction. Clothes, furniture, even her snuff.
Charlotte’s nose was not her best point. It had an upward tilt.
From Windsor, in ‘My Hanoverian Ancestors’ we have:
Though later popular, the people when they first saw her shouted ‘Pug! Pug! Pug!’ Caroline, puzzled said, ‘Vat is dat they do say–poog? Vat means poog?’ The Duchess of Ancaster, to whom she had addressed the question replied, ‘It means ‘God bless Your Royal Highness.’
Though not a failing of Charlotte, on their wedding day, the great diamond dropped out of the king’s crown between St. Jame’s and Westminster. It was later seen as heralding the loss of America. (DWW-I should imagine the wags, if the marriage had been a failure, would have said that was what the symbology was.)