Charlotte


On 1 April, 1813, this small report of royal shenanigans is carried in the Courier and Evening Gazette of London.

Wednesday se’nnight, the Princess Charlotte wrote a letter to the Prince Regent, requesting his gracious permission to pay her personal duty to her Mother, on the melancholy event of the death of the Duchess of Brunswick. In the evening, it is said, she received a verbal message that it would be time enough, and more decorous, to visit her after the obsequies. On Thursday the Princess wrote a second letter, beseeching his Royal Highness to grant her leave to visit her Mother. Having received no second message to the contrary, the Princess on the Friday said that silence gave consent, and she went to Blackheath.

1813, Charlotte writes to her dad, the Prince Regent, for permission to visit her mother on the occasion of her grandmother's death. She doesn't get it. She goes anyway.

Charlotte would be dead, four years later, giving birth to a stillborn. Thus was wrecked the line of succession of Georges I to IV. Had her son survived, Queen Victoria (the daughter of Charlotte’s great uncle Edward) would not have been invented. But he didn’t, so Victoria assumed the position after George IV (Charlotte’s father of course) clogpopped himself – twenty years after Charlotte shuffled off.

This was one dysfunctional family.

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