A lot of people know about the “#Queen City” Charlotte, North Carolina, but what they don’t know is how the city got its name. Princess Sophia Charlotte was born in 1744 and was the first #Black Queen of England, thus Charlotte, North Carolina was founded in 1768 and named after her.
Queen Charlotte was an intelligent woman, her letters indicate that she was well-read and had interests in the fine arts. It is believed that The Queen is known to have supported and been taught music by Johann Christian Bach. She was extremely generous to Bach’s wife after Bach’s death. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, at aged eight dedicated his Opus 3 piece to the Queen at her request.
During the Queen’s era #slavery was very common and the anti-slavery campaign was progressing. The painters who did the royal portrait were asked to soften the features of the African features of the Queen. There were letters that were recovered that are said to have been 444 letters to her closest confidants, her brother, Charles II, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Streliz. The Queen felt that her religious faith was a protection mechanism in her life. There was an exhibition in 2004 at Buckingham Palace at which the portraits of Queen Charlotte was displayed.
A very interesting fact is that Queen Charlotte was the great great-great grandmother of the present Queen Elizabeth II who still lives in the expanded Buckingham House, now Buckingham Palace. Charlotte was the eighth child of the Prince of Mirow, Germany, Charles Louis Frederick, and his wife, Elisabeth Albertina of Saxe-Hildburghausen. In 1752, when she was eight years old, Sophia Charlotte’s father died. There were stipulations in the contract for marriage for Charlotte.
The young princess, had to join the Anglican Church and be married according to Anglican rites, and could never ever involve herself in politics. Although the Queen had an interest in what was happening in the world, especially the war in America, she fulfilled her marital agreement. The Royal couple had fifteen children, thirteen of whom survived to adulthood. Their fourth eldest son was Edward Augustus, Duke of Kent, later fathered Queen Victoria.
Queen Charlotte is said to be the first person to introduce the Christmas tree to England in 1800. She had one of her own in her house during this time. The tree was said to be decorated with almonds, raisins in paper, fruit, sweetmeats, and toys. Also the Queen Charlotte Maternity hospital was established in London. Set up as a charitable institution, it is the oldest maternity care institution in England. Queen Charlotte died on November 17, 1818 at Dutch House in Surrey, now Kew Palace, in the presence of her eldest son, the Prince Regent.