Wednesday night, Sharon and I finished watching Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story on Netflix. The series is a prequel to the popular Netflix series Bridgerton. We watched Bridgerton Season One in March of 2021 and Bridgerton Season Two in August of 2022.
Queen Charlotte is a historical drama limited series created by Shonda Rhimes. The series premiered on May 4, 2023 and consists of 6 episodes. While the series is a prequel, it also includes some scenes that are set after the events of Bridgerton season 2.
The series tells the story of Queen Charlotte's marriage to King George III and her rise to power and prominence in the late 18th century. It explores the origins of some of the characters and relationships that were seen in first two seasons of Bridgerton.
I was surprised to realize that there is some historical basis for the events in the series. The real King George III suffered from bouts of what was then called "madness." He was often unable to carry out his duties as king. His wife, Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, was born in Strelitz, Germany, and she was the daughter of Charles Louis, Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Charlotte and George had 15 children together, including 13 who survived to adulthood.
I actually enjoyed Queen Charlotte more than season one or two of Bridgerton. I recommend it.