Today in History: January 7th. 1796 - Princess Charlotte of Wales

Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales was born on January 7th. 1796 in
Carlton House, London.


Charlotte of Wales
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She was the only child of George, Prince of Wales (who became later
George IV) and Caroline of Brunswick. Her father was unhappy that the child
wasn't a boy but a girl.

The girl grew up, but the marriage of her parents became worser and
worser.

In 1813, the marriage question started. Princess Charlotte of Wales first
had to marry William, Hereditary Prince of Orange (The Netherlands).
But Charlotte didn't want to leave England.

Later she met a lieutenant general in the Imperial Russian Army called:
Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld.

On May 2nd. 1816, Princess Charlotte of Wales married
Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg and Saalfeld in Carlton House.


Charlotte and Leopold
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The marriage was very happy. Princess Charlotte of Wales soon got pregnant.
In 1817 she gave birth to a stillborn boy. The Princess died soon afterwards.

Later (in 1831) Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld became the first king
of Belgium. The history might have been different if Princess Charlotte of 
Wales didn't die so young ....