Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz(1744-1818), Queen consort of George III
Sitter associated with 83 portraits
Queen of George III. The youngest daughter of Charles Louis of Mecklenberg-Strelitz, she first her future husband on 8 September 1761 and was married to him that evening. Unable to speak English and kept under the King's strict supervision, Charlotte felt alienated from both her husband and her adopted country during the initial decades of her marriage. Eventually the couple formed a strong and affectionate bond. Although she did not play much part in politics, her connections with German dukedoms made her a channel for the king's continental affairs. She had fifteen children and her popular reputation was that of unimpeachable if rather stern domesticity.
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attributed to (Isaac) Robert Cruikshank, after Henry Meyer
by Charles Spooner, after Mary Benwell (Mrs Code)
by Richard Houston, published by John Bowles, and published by Robert Sayer, after Thomas Frye
by Richard Houston, published by Robert Sayer, after Robert Pyle