Monthly Archives: January 2015

All The New People

‘The move to Warwick House was made all the more traumatic for Princess Charlotte by the fact that she had only recently acquired a completely new staff of governesses and senior tutors.Indeed, there were only two members of her entire househol who had been with her for any length of time at Carlton House. One was her personal maid, worthy Mrs Louis, the German widow of a British soldier. The other was her dresser, pretty Mrs Gagarin, who had innocently contracted a bigamous marriage with a Russian aristocrat and kept his name, although not his title, when she left him soon after. Inevitably, in the circumstances, the little Princess was on what some saw as inappropriately intimate terms with these two, and their mutual devotion was to continue for the rest of their lives.’
[an extract from ‘Charlotte&Leopold’ by James Chambers]
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Picture: Warwick House, aquatint from Ackerman’s Repository of Arts, 1811 (picture from the page http://www.georgianindex.net/Prn_Charlotte/P_Charlotte.html)

 

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Moving To Warwick House

‘The Prince had by now agreed that Princess Charlotte should live at Lower Lodge, Windsor, and be brought up under her grandfather’s direction; but following another vain attempt at reconciliation with his father, he decided after all to keep her in London. A lengthy correspondence throughout 1805 failed to decide upon a permanent plan for the child’s upbringing. This correspondence, which the King insisted must be conducted through Lord Eldon, the Chancellor, was extremely longwinded and there seemed little likehood of the charming scene visualised by Lord Moira – “the Prince holding one hand [of Princess Charlotte] while the King held the other” – coming true. The only conclusion reached by the end of 1805 was that while the Prince was in London his daughter should live at Warwick House, which adjoined Carlton House, and that she should spend the rest of the year at Windsor, where the King insisted that her mother should be allowed to visit her.The King’s growing attachment to Princess Caroline was now being remarked upon. “Whenever he is in town on a Thursday, instead of dining at the Queen’s House or going back to there, he constantly dines with the Princess at Blackheath and returns late in the evening across the country to Kew.” In fact the whole arrangement was unsatisfactory to the Prince, who was outraged when he learned that the £ 5,000 a year allotted to him for Princess Charlotte’s education was now to be deducted if the King took over.As the Prince had enjoyed making lists of Rules for the Nursery, so the King now settled down to make lists of persons whom he considered suitable instructors for his granddaughter. “She must,” he said, “both day and night be constantly under the eyes of responsible persons,’ and one as a vision of the lively child hemmed in by large shadowy figures.’

[an extract from ‘Prinny’s Daughter: A Biography of Princess Charlotte of Wales’ by Thea Home]

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Charlotte’s Family: Princess Amelia

CHARLOTTE’S PATERNAL AUNT

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The Princess Amelia (7 August 1783 – 2 November 1810) sixth daughter of George III of the United Kingdom and Charlotte of Mecklenburg – Strelitz, died from the complications of measles, Charlotte’s paternal aunt


Charlotte’s Family: Prince Alfred

CHARLOTTE’S PATERNAL UNCLE

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The Prince Alfred (22 September 1780 – 20 August 1782) ninth son of George III of the United Kingdom and Charlotte of Mecklenburg – Strelitz, died of smallpox at the age of two

Picture: Prince Alfred (1780-1782) by Thomas Gainsborough, 1782, Royal Collection

Charlotte’s Family: Prince Octavius

CHARLOTTE’S PATERNAL UNCLE

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The Prince Octavius (23 February 1779 – 3 May 1783) eigth son of George III of the United Kingdom and Charlotte of Mecklenburg – Strelitz, died of smallpox at the age of four

Picture: Prince Octavius (1779-1783) by Thomas Gainsborough, 1782, Royal Collection

Charlotte’s Family: Princess Sophia

CHARLOTTE’S PATERNAL AUNT

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Sophia Matilda (3 November 1777 – 27 May 1848) fifth daughter of George III of the United Kingdom and Charlotte of Mecklenburg – Strelitz, Charlotte’s favourite paternal aunt

Picture: Princess Sophia by Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1825, Royal Collection

Charlotte’s Family: Princess Mary

CHARLOTTE’S PATERNAL AUNT

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Mary (25 April 1776 – 30 April 1857) fourth daughter of George III of the United Kingdom and Charlotte of Mecklenburg – Strelitz, Duchess of Gloucester and Edinburgh, Charlotte’s paternal aunt

Picture: Princess Mary by Sir Thomas Lawrence, c. 1817 – 1830, Royal Collection