If you’ve fallen in love with the Bridgerton world, get ready to make space on your ‘binge-worthy’ list for the upcoming prequel – Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story.
The monarch of the show (Queen Charlotte) whose wit, fierceness, layers of hair, history, eloquence and love of being in the know quickly elevated her status from fascinating character to fan-favourite, so it’s little surprise that the spin-off would centre around her.
Here’s what we’re in for:
The plot for the prequel will take us back in the past to the life and times of a young Queen Charlotte. The royal we’ve become familiar with (played by Golda Rosheuvel) will be portrayed by her younger counterpart (India Ria Amarteifio).
In the first look at the spin-off, we see Queen Charlotte meet her love, King George in his prime.
Caught attempting to escape the grounds, the king catches the future Queen Charlotte in the sort of meet-cute we’d expect from Bridgerton, with the sassy character of Charlotte questioning whether the King is a troll, before asking for his help in her escape.
Of course, the story is not just about romance. The rise of the powerful queen is an interesting enough tale on its own, but this is Bridgerton, not a historical biopic, and so we’ll take the romance as the cherry on top of the cake.
Watch the trailer:
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The slice of the plot shared with users is already enough to have us wanting more, especially when considering that Shonda Rhimes is set to be the show’s main writer, per What’s On Netflix.
Facts for your next Netflix Quiz night:
- While much of Bridgerton is fictionalised, Queen Charlotte is loosely based off the real monarch of the Regency Era.
- At the Tudum event where information about the spin-off was revealed, Netflix executive Bela Bajaria revealed that the prequel will expand more on the real Queen Charlotte’s life – integrating it into the fantasy world.
- The real Queen Charlotte was married to King Goerge III, AKA the “mad King” (yes, the same one referenced in Hamilton).
- Historic Queen Charlotte is believed to have been German, but debates have long run as to whether she bore African heritage.
- She also opposed slavery during her rule (1744-1818), earning her a reputation as a progressive monarch.
It’s believed that the show could air in May 2023, but that date hasn’t yet been confirmed. 2023 however, has been given as the general release date.
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