Caroline of Brandenburg-Ansbach was the Queen consort of King George II of Great Britain. As a young woman, Caroline was much sought-after as a bride. Rejecting the nominal King of Spain, Archduke Charles of Austria, she married George Augustus, third-in-line to the British throne. Caroline moved to Britain in 1714 when her husband became Prince of Wales. As Princess of Wales, she joined her husband in rallying political opposition to his father George I. In 1717 her husband was expelled from court after a family row. Caroline came to be associated with Robert Walpole, an opposition politician who was a former government minister, on whose advice George and his father George I reconciled publicly. Caroline succeeded as Queen and consort to George II in 1727. Her death in 1737 left Caroline widely mourned not only by the public, but also by the King, who refused to remarry.
Where to see this painting?
The Royal Hospital Chelsea
Royal Hospital Road, London, Greater London, England, SW3 4SR
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