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Queen Charlotte is the queen.


1813 Societal Debut[]

At the start of the 1813 social season, the queen received all the eligible young ladies. When she met the Featherington ladies, she was unimpressed and waved them off. However, when Daphne Bridgerton entered, she stood and proclaimed Daphne flawless, kissing her forehead, establishing her as the season's Incomparable.

Lady Whistledown, who wrote a gossip rag about everyone in town, made waves with the queen when she suggested that Marina, not Daphne, was the season's Incomparable.[1]

Despite her insistence that she was above such matters, the queen rushed to read the society papers when each issue was released. One day, upset that there had been no noteworthy betrothals yet that season, the queen invited Lady Bridgerton for tea. At the tea, the queen talked about how she was rarely wrong when she extended favor to people and expected people to make good on such declarations. She specifically hoped for more from Daphne, like a pairing with a duke.[2]

When her nephew, Prince Friedrich of Prussia, arrived, the queen immediately tried to set him up with Daphne. When Lady Whistledown's paper came out and was critical of the crown, the queen was upset. She told Friedrich that as Daphne was the season's Incomparable, there was no better match for him than her. He believed Daphne to be spoken for, but she assured him that it wasn't a done deal. She encouraged him to charm Daphne.[3]

The queen invited Daphne and her mother to the palace to meet with her and the prince. At this meeting, Friedrich presented Daphne with a necklace, effectively indicating his intent to propose to her, which pleased the queen.[4]

The queen quickly decided that her nephew and Daphne's wedding would be the event of the year, but then she learned that Daphne had become engaged to Simon instead. She tried to encourage her nephew to fight for Daphne, but he decided he return to Königsberg, Prussia instead. The queen intervened and prevented Daphne and Simon from getting the special license they requested to marry immediately, but when they appealed directly to her, speaking of their love and how they came to get to know one another, she allowed them their license.

When she learned the king was lucid, she went to visit him. He asked after their children and became agitated when she told him that their daughter, Amelia, was dead. He accused her of doing something to his child and had to be restrained by his menservants.

After Simon and Daphne married, the queen attended their reception. At the reception, she overheard Eloise talking to Lady Danbury about Lady Whistledown and wondered what Eloise knew about her. Eloise shared what she believed to be true about Lady Whistledown, starting with her being a dowager .[5]

The queen threw a luncheon. When she saw Daphne and Simon there, she told them she'd made a bet on them having an heir within a year, to which Simon said they'd been working hard on the endeavor and hoped to have news soon. She later summoned Eloise to her and asked what progress she'd made on finding the identity of Lady Whistledown. She was frustrated that Eloise hadn't figured it out yet.

After, the queen was rebuked by Lady Whistledown, who didn't write about her luncheon in her paper. At the concert, Eloise went to the queen with her updated assumption, that Lady Whistledown was a tradesperson, but the queen said her services would not longer be required as she'd enlisted the Bow Street Runners to find Lady Whistledown and silence her, which horrified Eloise.[6]

The queen attended a ball thrown by the Bridgertons. At the ball, Eloise tried to approach her, but was stopped by Brimsley, who reveled that the queen had learned where Lady Whistledown had her letters printed and the Bow Street Runners would be unmasking her that very night. This plan was foiled when Eloise warned Lady Whistledown off before the Bow Street Runners could get to her.[7]


The veritable tastemaker of London society, Queen Charlotte finds herself living for the sordid gossip that Lady Whistledown prints, though she'd swear she's above such mundane musings. It's only when the ton's newest gossip writer takes aim at the palace that Queen Charlotte knows she must do something about it.







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