Monday, July 13, 2009

Leopold & Charlotte

A painting of Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfield (1790-1865), later King Leopold I of the Belgians, with his beloved first wife, Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales, heir to the British throne. When Charlotte died in childbirth in 1817, Leopold wrote to Sir Thomas Lawrence:
...Two generations gone — gone in a moment! I have felt for myself, but I have also felt for the prince regent (her father, the later King George IV) My Charlotte is gone from the country — it has lost her. She was a good, she was an admirable woman. None could know my Charlotte as I did know her. It was my study, my duty, to know her character, but it was also my delight...


Enbrethiliel said...


How can such a sad story be so beautiful?

I'm more accustomed to reading about royal couples who were ill-suited from the beginning, who never learned to love each other, who were estranged physically or emotionally, who had affairs with third parties, etc.--and most of those marriages lasted for decades!

Charlotte painting by said...

Wow thank is such a great story but sad!