Caroline of Brunswick was the cousin of George, Prince of Wales and Prince Regent, and they were married in 1795 without having met until she arrived from Germany in England for the wedding in 1795. The match was a disaster, as they hated each other from the start. When he first saw his intended wife, he announced he was not well and asked for a glass of brandy, while she told her attendants that he did not look nearly as handsome as his portrait had suggested. Although he spent the first night of the honeymoon lying in the fireplace in a drunken stupor, they stayed together long enough for Caroline to conceive and give birth to a daughter, Charlotte, the following year.
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Charlotte had an unhappy life, torn between two parents who were separated, hated each other. Her father tried to poison the child's mind against her mother, and the latter did likewise. Thanks largely to her sympathetic uncles, she grew up into a determined and level-headed princess, although her marriage to Prince Leopold of Coburg, happy as it was, would sadly prove all too short.
The review of this Book prepared by John Van der Kiste