[Caroline, Princess of Wales, and Princess Charlotte.]
Proof stipple in frame. 359 x 258mm. Foxed, trimmed to plate mark.
George, Prince of Wales, was prevailed upon to marry his cousin Caroline of Brunswick as his part of a deal; in return, parliament promised to pay off his enormous debts. George had already married Maria Fitzherbert, a Roman Catholic widow; however, the marriage was void in accordance with the terms of the Royal Marriages Act of 1772. The Prince of Wales also had a number of mistresses; one of them, Lady Jersey, went to meet Caroline when she arrived from Brunswick on 5 April 1795. Caroline was twenty-six years old, of stocky build and little to her credit apart from a fine head of hair. She spoke too much and very coarsely, dressed dowdily, had little moral reticence or good sense. She seems to have had an aversion to washing either her person or her clothes. Consequently she smelled. When Princess Caroline arrived at St James' Palace the Prince of Wales came to visit her. After greeting her, he turned to the Earl of Malmesbury saying, 'Harris, I am not well. Pray get me a glass of brandy'. He then left the room. Caroline's comment to Malmesbury was , 'I find him very stout and by no means as handsome as his portrait'. The ill-matched pair were married on 8 April 1795 and it soon became clear that the Prince of Wales would not tolerate his wife's company unless he was drunk. The marriage was consummated and on 7 January 1796 a daughter, Charlotte, was born to the couple. By March, the proud parents were living separately and rarely spoke to each other.
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