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Charlotte, Consort of George III, letter to son, William

 Collection — Box: SFC1 [F09.090.02.01], Folder: 35
Identifier: MS0035

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a letter from Queen Charlotte to her son William (later King William IV) from 1784 admonishing him for his melancholia while at school in Germany.


  • 1784


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Collection is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

Sophia Charlotte was born on May 19, 1744 in Mirow in the German duchy of Mecklenburg-Strelitz as the youngest daughter of Duke Charles Louis Frederick and Princess Elizabeth Albertina of Saxe-Hildburghausen. On September 8, 1761, Charlotte arrived in London for the first time and was married to King George III. Over the course of their marriage, the couple would go on to have 15 children, including two future kings (George IV and William IV). Charlotte loved music and her music-master was Johann Christian Bach, the son of Johann Sebastian Bach. She was also interested in botany and spent a great deal of time working on Kew Gardens. Additionally, she founded several orphanages and in 1809 became patron of the General Lying-in Hospital, which today is called The Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital. She died in Kew Palace on November 17, 1818 and is buried in St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. Mecklenburg county and Charlotte, North Carolina were named in her honor in 1762 and 1768, respectively.

Prince William Henry (later King William IV) was born on August 21, 1765 in Buckingham Palace to King George III and Queen Charlotte. As the third son, he was not expected to inherit the throne and began a career in the Royal Navy at the age of 13. During this time, he served in America and the West Indies and eventually became admiral of the fleet in 1811. After the death of his older brother, George IV, in 1830, William became king. During his time as king, Parliament passed the 1832 Reform Act against his opposition, which corrected some of the abuses of the electoral system and extended the vote to the middle classes. He died on June 20, 1837 at Windsor Castle and was succeeded by his niece, Queen Victoria.





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Letter from Queen Charlotte to her son William (later King William IV) admonishing him for his melancholia while at school in Germany.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mrs. Robert S. Pickens, 1968.
Charlotte, Consort Of George III, letter
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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

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