Highlights include witnessing the doomed romance, murder and intrigue that condemned Sophia Dorothea
of Celle to a gilded cage for 30 years; visiting the deathbed of Caroline of Ansbach, an illustrious political queen and uncovering the scandalous excitement of Caroline of Brunswick's tumultuous marriage to George IV, from drunken wedding night to a very public humiliation.
George 1 1714-1727 House of Hanover Parents: eldest son of Ernest Agustus 1st Elector of Hanover and Princess Sophia, granddaughter of James 1 Authority: King of Great Britain and Ireland, 12 American colonies, 7 Caribbean islands, Gibraltar, Minorca, New Brunswick, 2d Elector of Hanover from 1698 Married: Sophia Dorothea
of Celle divorced Children : George 2, Sophia Dorothea
Buried: Herrenhausen Palace
"Queens of Georgian Britain" by Catherine Curzon (a royal historian who writes blogs on all matters 18th century at www.madamegilflurt.com) offers a chance to step back in time and meet the women who ruled alongside the Georgian monarchs, not forgetting Sophia Dorothea
of Celle, the passionate princess who never made it as far as the throne.
Instead, after much manoeuvring, he was betrothed to one of his cousins, Sophia Dorothea of Celle.
Sophia Dorothea was pregnant when Gorgen went off to fight the Turks outside Vienna in 1683 and she bore him their first child, Georg August, the future George II, within a year of their marriage.
Through introducing the primogeniture principle in Lower Saxony, George Louis (1660-1727) was already a wealthy man and his marriage to first cousin, Sophia Dorothea
, enhanced his fortunes still further.
He also wrote biographies, most notably Ci-git Sophie Dorothee de Celle (1968; The Captive Princess: Sophia Dorothea
of Celle), as well as impressionistic accounts of cities he had visited.
Her position resembled that of George's great-grandmother, George I's wife Sophia Dorothea
, similarly detained for adultery.
Queen was exiled to Celle in Hannover and buried adjacent to a similarly unfortunate consort, Sophia Dorothea
, wife' of George I.