When Bridgerton first appeared on Netflix on December 25, 2020, it really blew us away. A fairytale ending for the Duke and Duchess of Hastings in Season 1 of the Regency-era period drama that broke streaming records left us wanting more once the final credits rolled.
When word spread that the Bridgerton universe was expanding with a prequel spin-off focusing on her majesty Queen Charlotte, the ensuing agonizingly long wait for the second season became somewhat more bearable.
Queen Charlotte’s larger-than-life persona quickly made her a fan favorite, prompting the creative hands of Shondaland to prepare a time-traveling carriage that would take us back in time to investigate the roots of a character inspired by a real-life historical figure.
Although the historical accuracy of the series has been questioned, Chris Van Dusen, the showrunner for Seasons 1 and 2, has stated that the show is “not a history lesson” but rather “for a modern audience, featuring modern themes and characters.”
The character of Queen Charlotte was created by the showrunners of Bridgerton and was not present in the original Julia Quinn novels from which the series is adapted. To that end, many creative licenses were utilized in redesigning the figure, emphasizing the controversial idea that the historical Queen Charlotte may have been the first British Queen of mixed blood.
The sequel will delve further into that area, speculating on how the Regency period may have been affected if Queen Charlotte had come from black ancestry. How would this have affected people’s opinion of her, and how did she avoid potential stumbling blocks on her way to the throne in Britain?
Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story, like other entries in the matriarch series, will focus on the Queen’s love life as a young bride to King George III as well as on British politics in the 1810s. Everything you need to get ready for the return of the Queen is right here.
What is the plot of Queen Charlotte?
In Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Narrative, the young Charlotte’s engagement to King George III serves as the prologue to an origin story.
According to Tudum, Netflix’s official news website, Charlotte is betrothed against her will to the King, and she does not make a good first impression upon her arrival in England. Nonetheless, they do get married, and their union eventually heralds a societal shift in the tonne that sees people of color (such as Lady Danbury) rise to become influential figures in British high society.
Tudum calls the romance between Queen Charlotte and King George III a “great love story,” which suggests that, despite her early disinterest in him, the monarch and his wife finally grew to love one another and had a successful marriage.
After seeing how the King and Queen’s relationship has deteriorated owing to the latter’s mental illness in seasons 1 and 2 of Bridgerton, it will be nice to witness the monarch when she was young, in love, and living the storybook existence she now wishes for young debutantes.
The Queen’s passionate, borderline obsessive nature as a matchmaker might be explained in the prequel if it focuses on her earlier amorous experiences.
Also discussed in Queen Charlotte will be the early lives of Lady Danbury and Lady Bridgerton, as well as how the Queen was able to develop such a lasting bond with them.
The official Netflix plot summary for Queen Charlotte reads as follows:
The youthful Queen Charlotte’s marriage to King George caused a magnificent love story and a societal change, creating the world of the Ton inherited by the characters in Bridgerton in this Bridgerton-verse prologue.
Who plays the various roles in Queen Charlotte?
Netflix has announced the whole cast and characters for Queen Charlotte, which includes Arsema Thomas (The Get Down), Michelle Fairley (Game of Thrones), Corey Mylchreest (The Sandman), and India Amarteifio (Sex Education) (Redeeming Love).
India Amarteifio, a relative newcomer to the acting scene, has been cast as the younger Queen Charlotte. This part will require her to become acquainted with the customs of British high society.
Another newcomer is Corey Mylchreest, whose career is getting off to a great start with his portrayal of a youthful King George.
People say that young King George is “handsome and charismatic with a bit of mystery.”
King George might be easily swayed by the constraints of his position, but his upcoming marriage to Charlotte will make him face his demons head-on.
Princess Augusta will be played by Michelle Fairley, best known as Lady Catelyn Stark on HBO’s smash hit series Game of Thrones. Augusta, the King’s mother, is depicted as a dogged figure intent on securing her son’s position as ruler.
Agatha Danbury, or Lady Danbury’s young daughter, will be portrayed by Arsema Thomas. To kick off her acting career, she will play a trusted advisor to young Queen Charlotte. Connie Jenkins-Greig, who plays Young Violet Ledger (the Bridgerton matriarch when she was a young single woman entering the marriage market), was added to the cast in a recurring capacity in July 2022.
The parents of Violet Ledger will be portrayed by Katie Brayben (King Charles III) and Keir Charles (Green Wing). In addition to Rob Maloney (Territory) and Cyril Nri (The Bill), the cast also includes Richard Cunningham (Dancing on the Edge) as Lord Bute, Tunji Kasim (Almost Famous) as Adolphus, and Tunji Kasim (The Bill) as Lord Danbury.
Golda Rosheuval, who played Queen Charlotte, Adjoa Andoh, who played Lady Danbury, and Ruth Gemmell, who played Lady Violet Bridgerton, is all set to return for the prequel to reprise their roles from the first Bridgerton. More screen time for James Fleet as King George III means more money for the production.
Hugh Sachs will be back to play Brimsley, the Queen’s trusted advisor, while Sam Clemmett will take on the role of the younger Brinsley.
How many episodes of ‘Queen Charlotte’ can we expect to see?
Queen Charlotte has been confirmed as a limited series, meaning the prequel would only run for one season. There will be a total of 8 episodes in the limited series.
When will Queen Charlotte be available?
While we do not yet know when Queen Charlotte will be available, production has begun. Pictures from a table read have been released by the show’s production firm, Shondaland.
Shonda Rhimes, the show’s creator and executive producer, made the announcement on Twitter with a photo of the screenplay, in which the title “Queen To Be” was revealed. Tom Verica, who is credited in the photo as the show’s director as well as an EP alongside Betsy Beers and Shonda Rhimes, was also identified.
Compared to the main series’ production schedule, which began around April 2022 and ended in early September, fans may have to wait until well into 2023 for the release of the Netflix original.
Is There Going to Be a Book Adaptation of Queen Charlotte?
Here is another exciting novel for fans of the Julia Quinn Bridgerton series. Quinn’s novels series already includes roughly ten books, but none of them covers the story of Queen Charlotte or King George III.
Shonda Rhimes, the show’s executive producer, is teaming up with novelist Gillian Quinn to pen a book based on the upcoming prequel, which will delve further into the royal love tale.
Is There A Trailer For Queen Charlotte?
While there isn’t an official trailer for the spin-off prequel series yet, Netflix published the first official clip on September 24, 2022, as part of the Tudum event, depicting a meet-cute between the titular young Queen and King George.