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The Times, London, May 1, 1816

This article was written the day before

Princess Charlotte of Wales marriage to

Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld. 

Had Charlotte outlived her father, George IV, she would have been Queen of England and Leopold would have been prince consort, but a year and a half later Charlotte died following childbirth, delivering a stillborn son. The accoucheur, Sir Richard Croft, who attended Charlotte throughout her pregnancy, committed suicide three months after her death.

In 1832, Leopold, as the first King of the Belgians, married again to Louise-Marie of Orleans.

Leopold’s nephew, Albert, became prince regent in 1840 when he married Queen Victoria. Victoria was born 18 months after Charlotte’s death.

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