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Charlotte’s Family: Charles William Ferdinand, Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel

CHARLOTTE’S MATERNAL GRANDFATHER

Duke Ferdinand of Brunswick-Wolfenbuettel

Charles William Ferdinand (October 9, 1735 – November 10, 1806), son of Charles I, Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel and Philippine Charlotte of Prussia, Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel (1780 – 1806) and a professional soldier who served in a Prussian army, Charlotte’s maternal grandfather

‘The Duke of Brunswick, once a handsome and distinguished soldier, was seen by Malmesbury as a melancholy, reserved man, in constant fear of offending his powerful neighbour, the King of Prussia.’

(an extract from Thea Holme’s ‘Prinny’s Daughter. A Biography of Princess Charlotte of Wales’)

Picture: Portrait of Duke Ferdinand of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, Prussian Field-Marshal by Johann Georg Ziesenis, showing him in his robe of the Order of the Garter, Preußenmuseum Minden (Defensionskaserne)