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Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (1744-1818), Queen consort of George III

Sitter associated with 82 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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D16612

Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

probably after Lawrence Gahagan
stipple engraving, circa 1818
NPG D16612

D17716

Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

by Henry Bone, after Henry Edridge
pencil, pen and ink, August 1820 (1803)
NPG D17716