Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz(1744-1818), Queen consort of George III
Sitter associated with 84 portraits
Queen of George III. The youngest daughter of Charles Louis of Mecklenberg-Strelitz, she first met her future husband on 8 September 1761 and was married to him that evening. Unable to speak English initially, Charlotte felt alienated from both her husband and her adopted country during the first years of her marriage. Eventually the couple formed a strong and affectionate bond. Although she did not play a part in politics, she used her closeness with George III to keep herself well informed and may have had some influence, albeit indirect. Her connections with German dukedoms made her a channel for the King's continental affairs at least. She had fifteen children and was mother of two future kings.
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by Henry Hering
albumen carte-de-visite photomontage, 1862
by Charles Spooner, after Mary Benwell (Mrs Code)
mezzotint, mid 18th century
by Richard Houston, published by Robert Sayer, after Robert Pyle
mezzotint, mid 1760s
- Prince Alfred (son)
- Princess Amelia (daughter)
- Charlotte Augusta Matilda, Princess Royal (daughter)
- Princess Elizabeth, Landgravine of Hesse-Homburg (daughter)
- Ernest Augustus, Duke of Cumberland and King of Hanover (son)
- Frederick, Duke of York and Albany (son)
- King George III (husband)
- King George IV (son)
- Princess Mary, Duchess of Gloucester (daughter)
- Charles (Karl) II, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (brother)
- Prince Octavius (son)
- Princess Augusta Sophia (daughter)
- Princess Sophia (daughter)
- Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex (son)
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