Birth Name: Charlotte Sophia
Birthplace: Duchy of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Germany
Born: May 19, 1744
Died: November 17, 1818
Married: King George III of England
Children: 15: 9 boys and 6 girls; 2 died as infants, 1 as a young adult.
Granddaughter: Queen Victoria of England
This regent of England was known as a kind and intelligent woman.
She was an amateur botanist, a musician (harpsichord) and a dog-lover.
She was a generous benefactor to hospitals and orphanages.
When Charlotte was 17 years old her arranged marriage occurred, and
she had not previously met her husband. Though it had a rocky
beginning, the marriage was said to be a success, and lasted 57 years.
She became a beloved queen consort of England. He (King George III)
became incapacitated by recurrent illness, and she was said by him to
be his “friend and physician.”
The town of Charlotte, North Carolina, was named after her, presumably
to curry favor with the King of England.
Sculpture Notes: This statue emphasizes the Queen’s domestic interests in animals and plant life, presenting her in a calm state. Contrast this to the other statue of her in Charlotte, North Carolina, at the International Airport, where she is presented in a very animated state.
Sculptor: Graham Weathers
Installation Date: 1988
Media: Bronze, on stone pedestal
Location: East Fifth and North College Streets, Charlotte, North Carolina
Date of Photos: September 26, 2011