Person    | Female  Born 17/5/1768  Died 7/8/1821

Queen Caroline of Brunswick

Categories: Royalty

Countries: Germany, Italy

Queen Consort. Born Caroline Amelia Elizabeth in Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel in modern-day Germany. She was engaged to the future King George IV, even though he was illegally married to Maria Fitzherbert. They married in 1795 and had a daughter, Charlotte, the following year. Shortly after the child's birth, the couple parted. Rumours spread that she had taken lovers, which proved to be unfounded. Living in Italy, she only found out by chance that her daughter had died in childbirth as George had not bothered to tell her.

She returned to Britain in 1820 when George became king to establish her rights as queen, but was banned from the coronation. An attempt was made to remove her as queen by accusing her of adultery with a low-born man. This took place in the House of Lords and was effectively a trial. Although she became the figurehead of a reform movement against the unpopular king, she accepted the government's offer of an allowance if she went to live abroad, but died shortly afterwards, Her body was returned to Brunswick for burial.

Not to be confused with Queen Caroline of Anspach, happily married to George II

 

Credit for this entry to: Alan Patient of www.plaquesoflondon.co.uk

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