True Story Behind King George and Queen Charlotte
Queen Charlotte and King George have taken over Netflix by storm and although it is a fictional series, there is some reality in it.
A royal marriage between Queen Charlotte and King George is the focus of Shonda Rhimes’ Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story. (There will be a lot of spoilers below.) In the episode, the pair get married shortly after the meeting, and initially, their relationship is love-hate because George doesn’t seem to want to spend any moment with his wife. Charlotte is now angry and upset. However, when they do get to see one another, their chemistry is palpable.
Despite being a made-up Netflix show, King George III and his wife Queen Charlotte, who reigned the United Kingdom from 1760 until 1820, are the major characters of the series Queen Charlotte.
Seeking a wife was a top concern right away for King George III when he took the throne as an unmarried 22-year-old in 1760 in order to preserve his family’s bloodline. The mission was simpler said than done. First and foremost, any prospective partner had to be an aristocrat by birth. When George became head of the Church of England, she had to be a Protestant. A Royal Experiment: The Private Life of King George III by Janice Hadlow claims that advisors did not see any political justification for George to wed someone from, say, Holland or Denmark because his siblings had previously chosen brides from those nations.
Lastly, there was his personality. George was a reserved, intellectually interested man who didn’t desire a wife who was overbearing or had any kind of agenda. George knew exactly the type of woman he wanted.
The seventeen-year-old Princess Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, who was from the interior of Germany, was the ideal match after considerable searching. Her naivety emerged as the most strongly appealing quality, an appealing empty canvas for an individual to write upon, being young, inexperienced, and untutored in the techniques of courts or political matters, Hadlow describes. However, it is not to imply that Charlotte was a total baby in the woods; the adolescent was intelligent, bookish, and interested.
Charlotte departed for England on August 17, 1761. On September 8, she landed; six hours following that, the two got married.
They discovered that they were an incredibly well-suited match since they both shared a love of music. With George having an intense passion for agriculture and Charlotte in botany, they both had a love of the outdoors. They both craved a somewhat private household life as well, and they spent a lot of their free time at Kew Palace away from London. The couple’s correspondence reveals a loving, contented relationship. In addition, the two ultimately had 15 children.
Their marriage was, however, marred by a melancholy problem: King George’s insanity.
The term “madness” is an outdated catch-all for an illness for which there was no recognised medical nomenclature in the 1700s. Today’s historians think that George most certainly had bipolar disorder and a long-term manic episode, which may have been made severe by the treatment his doctor had advised as a cure. There are historical records of no fewer than five incidents during his reign.
Timothy J. Peters claims in a medical journal paper titled “The madness of King George III: a psychiatric re-assessment” that by 1765 when the King was 27 years old, he was already exhibiting symptoms of moderate depression. George showed persisting mental stress after a difficult physical sickness that included bleeding and chest problems.
A severe case of jaundice in October 1788 led to extreme insanity. The king’s doctor noted that he had agitation of nerves verging on insanity… he spoke with more than normal rapidity & vehemence… he talked continuously, creating regular & abrupt changes from one topic to another. Reports from the period emphasise his compulsive and relentless talking. One of his doctors described an instance in which the King rushed into the Queen’s chamber while unclothed one month after. The King was frequently placed in a restraint jacket by December. He also played about with hankies in a compulsive manner. Even among the general public, there were rumours that the King had passed away. In 1795, 1801, and 1805, George would experience a number of other crippling bouts.
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