Charlotte of Wales: the first people’s princess 

Ref: C3531849

In November 1817, Princess Charlotte, the only child of the Prince Regent died unexpectedly in childbirth at the age of twenty-one. Her death plunged the country into mourning. As the child of a broken marriage, Charlotte was at the centre of a fierce family conflict. After a stressful childhood, she became a rebellious adolescent, but she found escape through a happy marriage. This made her early death all the more shocking. With the loss of the 'people's princess', the Hanoverian dynasty was plunged into a succession crisis that was only resolved by the birth of the future Queen Victoria. We are delivering this Christmas Lecture using Zoom. We will email, a few days before, the link to join the lecture with details of how to access Zoom if you should need it.

Course aim

To look at the life of Princess Charlotte, the daughter of the Prince Regent and asses her significance, both personally and dynastically.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: and
  • This is a live lecture delivered by a subject specialist in an online webinar video learning platform. You will need to be able to access the internet on a device with speakers or earphones. There will be opportunities to take part in discussions and chats. If you’d like to know how to use Zoom please visit:
  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Understand the main events in Princess Charlotte’s life.
  • Recognise her significance in the history of the British monarchy.
  • Understand the importance of Charlotte's marriage for the European politics of the period.
  • Understand the role played by gender politics in the period.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit:

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre-reading is required, but it may be useful to look at the latest biography of Charlotte, 'The Lost Queen' (Pen&Sword, 2020), by Anne Stott

What can I do next?

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Charlotte of Wales: the first people’s princess 


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