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Pastel by Francis Cotes of Caroline Matilda of Great Britain -- taken around the time of her (by proxy) marriage, puffy eyes heavy and downturned with sorrow and fear

Pastel by Francis Cotes of Caroline Matilda of Great Britain -- taken around the time of her (by proxy) marriage, puffy eyes heavy and downturned with sorrow and fear

Queen Consort Aelfgifu married to King Ethelred II "the Unready" Aelfgifu's life shows one fact of women's existence in the tenth century: little is known of her besides her name. The first wife of Ethelred "the Unready" (from Unraed meaning "bad or evil counsel"), her parentage is disputed and she disappears from the record early in his long conflict with the Danes which resulted in the overthrow of Ethelred for Sweyn in 1013, and his subsequent brief return to control 1014-1016.

Queen Consort Aelfgifu married to King Ethelred II "the Unready" Aelfgifu's life shows one fact of women's existence in the tenth century: little is known of her besides her name. The first wife of Ethelred "the Unready" (from Unraed meaning "bad or evil counsel"), her parentage is disputed and she disappears from the record early in his long conflict with the Danes which resulted in the overthrow of Ethelred for Sweyn in 1013, and his subsequent brief return to control 1014-1016.

Caroline Matilda of Great Britain – died on 10 May 1775 in Celle. In 1769 her husband King Christian VII Denmark and Norway returned from a long tour of Europe bringing with him Johann Friedrich Struensee as royal physician. Her interest in the charming doctor developed. In January 1770 he was given his own bedroom in the royal palace, and by spring 1770 he was her lover. Struensee was executed, Caroline Matilda was divorced and banished to Celle Castle. In Celle, she was known for her…

Caroline Matilda of Great Britain – died on 10 May 1775 in Celle. In 1769 her husband King Christian VII Denmark and Norway returned from a long tour of Europe bringing with him Johann Friedrich Struensee as royal physician. Her interest in the charming doctor developed. In January 1770 he was given his own bedroom in the royal palace, and by spring 1770 he was her lover. Struensee was executed, Caroline Matilda was divorced and banished to Celle Castle. In Celle, she was known for her…

"Queen Louise of Denmark", Jens Juel, ca. 1778; Rosenborg Castle

"Queen Louise of Denmark", Jens Juel, ca. 1778; Rosenborg Castle

Rhaenyra Targaryen

Rhaenyra Targaryen

Romy Schneider and Karlheinz Böhm

Romy Schneider and Karlheinz Böhm

Princess Louisa and Princess Caroline

Princess Louisa and Princess Caroline

10th August 1792 shoes: candidate #3 - a light blue silk pair possibly dating from the 1770's or 1780's judging from the style of cut and the shape of the heel. It's possible these are the shoes the Queen wore on that terrible day - but I don't think it's probable.

10th August 1792 shoes: candidate #3 - a light blue silk pair possibly dating from the 1770's or 1780's judging from the style of cut and the shape of the heel. It's possible these are the shoes the Queen wore on that terrible day - but I don't think it's probable.

Hedwig Elisabeth Charlotte of Holstein-Gottorp (Swedish: Hedvig Elisabeth Charlotta; 22 March 1759 – 20 June 1818) was Queen of Sweden and Norway as the wife of King Charles XIII and II. She was also a famed diarist, memoirist and witticist. She is generally known in Sweden by her full pen name in Swedish (above), though her official name as queen was Charlotte.

Hedwig Elisabeth Charlotte of Holstein-Gottorp (Swedish: Hedvig Elisabeth Charlotta; 22 March 1759 – 20 June 1818) was Queen of Sweden and Norway as the wife of King Charles XIII and II. She was also a famed diarist, memoirist and witticist. She is generally known in Sweden by her full pen name in Swedish (above), though her official name as queen was Charlotte.

The Princess Caroline Matilda of Wales (1751-1775). She was a daughter of Frederick Louis The Prince of Wales and his wife, The Princess Augusta of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg. She was Queen of Denmark and Norway (1766-1775) as the wife of King Christian VII. Her children were King Frederik VI and The Princess Louise Augusta.

The Princess Caroline Matilda of Wales (1751-1775). She was a daughter of Frederick Louis The Prince of Wales and his wife, The Princess Augusta of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg. She was Queen of Denmark and Norway (1766-1775) as the wife of King Christian VII. Her children were King Frederik VI and The Princess Louise Augusta.

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