Queen Charlotte Walks In Her Garden
Sculptor, American, 1988
In 1761, colonial Americans were fascinated by the royal wedding of England's King George III to a 17 year-old German princess, Charlotte Sophia of the Duchy of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Settlers here were rebellious toward the king and his agents but named their town and county in her honor, in hopes of gaining royal favor.
She was a small woman, "easy, genteel, and agreeable," who bore 15 children, played the harpsichord, learned botany, and took pleasure in kew and richmond gardens. Her dogs, one named Presto, followed her on daily walks. Her appearance and informal apparel are modeled after portraits in English museums.
King George III, plagued by recurring illness, called her "my physician, my friend." She is remembered as a great benefactor of hospitals. Queen Charlotte was the grandmother of Queen Victoria.
"She is full of sense and graciousness, mingled with delicacy of mind and liveliness of temper."
Fanny Burney, court attendant and novelist of the period.
"A most agreeable countenance, vastly genteel, with an air notwithstanding her being a little woman, truly majestic."
Erected 1988 by Graham Weathers, Sculptor.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Government & Politics • Women. A significant historical year for this entry is 1761.
Location. 35° 13.63′ N, 80° 50.452′ W. Marker is in Charlotte, North Carolina, in Mecklenburg County. It is in Charlotte center city. Marker is at the intersection of East 5th Street and North College Street, on the right when traveling east on East 5th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 205 N College St, Charlotte NC 28202, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dr. Ephraim Brevard Lived Near Here In 1775 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Line of the American Retreat (about 500 feet away); Charlotte's First Belk Store (about 500 feet away); Nearby History (about 600 feet away); Nathanael Greene (about 600 feet away); Mecklenburg Resolves (about 600 feet away); Home of Col. Thomas Polk (about 600 feet away); Confederate Navy Yard (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charlotte.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 3, 2023. It was originally submitted on June 21, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 141 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 21, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.