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On this day in history, January 7th, in 1796, Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales was born. She was the only child of the future George IV and his wife, Caroline of Brunswick.
George and Caroline infamously hated one another, and he would later insist they had only ever had sexual intercourse three times; twice on their wedding night and once the night after. Charlotte was born almost exactly 9 months after her parents’ wedding, which had taken place on April 8th of the previous year.
As the only living and legitimate grandchild of George III, Charlotte was second in line to the throne after her father. She was expected to someday become Queen of the United Kingdom, but sadly it was not to be.
She was married to Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld in 1816, when she was 20 years old. Early in their marriage she suffered a miscarriage, but it was announced she was pregnant again in April of 1817.
After two days of labour, she gave birth to a large stillborn son on November 5th, 1817. Complications from the delivery caused her own death in the early morning hours of the following day.
The entire kingdom went into heavy mourning after her death, she had been greatly beloved and was one of the only popular members of the Royal Family. Her death caused a scramble among the remaining unmarried sons of George III to produce a legitimate child and heir to the throne.
Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent, would be the one to father the eventual heir, the future Queen Victoria. Had Charlotte lived, Victoria would never have existed and England’s “Victorian Era” as we know it would have been completely different.


Happy Birthday to the sweet Charlotte, The Forgotten Princess ~ • 7 January 1796 - 6 November 1817 • ~
A feisty, headstrong tomboy as a child, Charlotte became very popular with the public, unlike her father, and was referred to as the Daughter of England. She married Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg Gotha and the couple were happily married for just a year and a half until tragedy struck. She gave birth to a stillborn son in November 1817 and died shortly after the birth. Charlotte’s death and the death of her son changed the course of royal history. Charlotte would have become Queen had she outlived her father and grandfather and Queen Victoria is unlikely to have succeeded to the throne – there would have been a ‘Charlottian’ age rather than a Victorian one.


Caroline of Brunswick, 1820 by London Metropolitan Archives on Flickr.
Description: “How to get un-married, ay, there’s the rub!”; George IV and Queen Caroline are tied back to back; the Queen’s hand is held by the figure of Justice; Brougham stands on left; the King is pulled by Castlereagh, Lady Conyngham, and Sidmouth. Refers to George IV’s attempt to dissolve his marriage to Caroline after his accession to the throne. Artist: Marks, J. L. Date of Execution: 1820

"Poor woman, I shall support her as long as I can, because she is a Woman and because I hate her Husband.”

Jane Austen on Caroline of Brunswick


Beau Brummell | 7th June 1778 - 30th March 1840
Born with the frumpy name of George and even more appalling middle name of Bryan, Brummell made a name for himself by becoming the most fashionable fashonista possible. He revolutionised men’s fashion with his singluarly elegant style that eschewed powder, wigs and hose for trousers, neatly coiffed hair and - his secret weapon - an impeccably starched cravat.
He was pally with the Prince Regent and didn’t care much for studying (despite attending both Eaton and Oxford) or the army. He was the go-to guy for fashion advice, and what he said, went. Georgian Rumor Mill has it that he made the Prince cry when he didn’t agree with the cut of his new coat.
His principle achievements were:
Spending his time at Oxford perfecting the ‘cut’ - the art of ignoring someone while being completely aware of their presence
Recognising his troop in the 10th Hussars (the Prince’s own Regiment) when late by looking for the bloke with a big blue nose (true story)
Replying to a snub in favour of his strolling companion by the Prince after the inevitable breakdown of their friendship by asking him loudly when the Prince was still in earshot “Pray, who was your fat friend?”
Being the best toaster of cheese and bread Eton has ever seen. 
Creating the Dandy.
Happy Birthday, history crush!


King George IV and Queen Caroline by Lewis Marks, 1821.  Engraving.  


“Like many military men in Europe, and like very few in clean-shaven England, the Duke of Brunswick had a huge moustache. Charlotte adored it. After their first meeting in Blackheath, according to George Keppel, she went back to Warwick House,  painted a black moustache on her face and marched up and down in a military manner  barking guttural expletives, which she hoped very much sounded like German swearwords.”

Leopold grew a moustache for her after they were married because she was so impressed with her uncle, the Duke of Brunswick’s. 

The girl knew what she liked.

(Source: dreamsofvienna)

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