Following the major success of Shondaland and Netflix‘s hit streaming series, Bridgerton, fans’ prayers have been answered: not only are seasons three and four confirmed, but we’re also getting a prequel spin-off about a young Queen Charlotte. Excited? Keep checking in here to find out all the Ton’s gossip about its favourite Regency queen.
Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story: Everything We Know So Far
First Look: There’s A New Trailer
‘Charlotte: there are worse fates than marrying the King of England.’ Cue Netflix’s classic chirpy Regency music, and we are immersed in the Bridgerton universe once again. With flash backs, flashes forward, and plenty of familiar faces, it looks a very regal treat. Watch the full trailer below.
When Will Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story Be Released?
Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story will arrive on Netflix on 4 May 2023, the streaming service announced earlier this year. The news came alongside a teaser trailer showing the young Queen (played by India Amarteifio) arriving at a columned regency-style palace in a horse drawn carriage while crowds cheer at her arrival. We also catch our first glimpse of young George (played by Corey Mylchreest) in snippets of what we can only assume to be the early days of the couple’s courtship, alongside glimpses of turmoil and drama as the couple marries and approaches their crowning. As the screen fades to black, Netflix asks us to ‘save the date’: 4 May 2023.
First Look: New Imagery From Queen Charlotte
With the teaser trailer and date announcement comes a plethora of new images from the series, which can be seen below.
What Will Queen Charlotte Be About?
Queen Charlotte will follow a young Queen in the early years of her marriage to King George III – set further back in the Bridgerton timeline, long before Daphne found her duke and Anthony fell into a love triangle with the Sharma sisters. As summarised by Netflix: ‘Centred on Queen Charlotte’s rise to prominence and power, this Bridgerton-verse prequel tells the story of how the young Queen’s marriage to King George sparked both a great love story and a societal shift, creating the world of the Ton inherited by the characters in Bridgerton.’
It’s been hinted that Charlotte’s arrival in London isn’t as smooth as expected – especially since she’s been betrothed to the King of England against her will. Starting from this premise, the series will follow Charlotte as she learns to navigate the palace, find mutual ground with her new husband and make the Ton her own.
Also receiving the royal treatment in this series are Lady Agatha Danbury and Lady Violet Bridgerton, who we’ll be seeing navigate marriage, societal expectations and the ruthless gossip of the era’s elite. Lady Danbury’s character evolution will also form a large part of the plot, and Netflix recently released a first look at the young Lady Danbury, who will be played by Arsema Thomas.
Married to a much older man, she hopes that Charlotte’s arrival will mark her own entryway into society and so takes it upon herself to become a guiding light for the young queen. What follows is just the beginnings of the iconic Lady Danbury. Further details about the plot are yet to be revealed (we’re still waiting on Violet’s role in the story), but we have no doubt the plot will carry the same electric charge as the original series.
Who Will Star In Queen Charlotte?
Going back in time means we’re about to meet a whole new cast of fresh faces. Taking to the small screen are India Amarteifio (Line of Duty) as young Queen Charlotte, Corey Mylchreest (Sandman) as young King George, Michelle Fairley (Gangs of London) as Princess Augusta and Arsema Thomas in her television debut as young Agatha Danbury.
Other cast members include Sam Clemmett (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, The War Below) as young Brimsley, Richard Cunningham (The Witcher) as Lord Bute, Tunji Kasim (Nancy Drew) as Adolphus, Rob Maloney (Casualty) as the Royal Doctor, Cyril Nri (Cucumber) as Lord Danbury and Hugh Sachs (Bridgerton) as older Brimsley.
But fear not: alongside their younger counterparts, Golda Rosheuvel (Queen Charlotte), Adjoa Andoh (Lady Agatha Danbury) and Ruth Gemmell (Lady Violet Bridgerton) will all be reprising their roles.
How Queen Charlotte Came To Be
Netflix hosted its second annual Tudum event at the end of September 2022, offering fans some insider gossip (and sneak peeks) at over 120 titles in its portfolio. Adjoa Andoh and Golda Rosheuvel took to the stage to introduce India Amarteifio as young Queen Charlotte, unveiling a never-before-seen still of her in the upcoming series. Dressed in silver robes and a gorgeous sparkling crown, Amarteifio looks every bit the queen she is playing. The still was later released on the official Bridgerton Instagram account, which you can see below.
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And in a surprise turn of events, Shonda Rhimes herself stepped in to present the show’s first teaser clip showing the young queen’s first encounter with her husband. Expect lots of witty banter, strong-willed female characters (we love to see it), and, dare we say it, romance.
And that’s not all: we even have some commentary from the Queen herself to catch up on. In a conversation with Shondaland, Amarteifio spoke about the experience of connecting with the character of Queen Charlotte: ‘She’s super-strong in times of complete downfall when there’s nothing to even hope for and it’s all bleak, yet she still finds the power and the strength from somewhere. It’s a testament to her character.’
Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story streams on Netflix from 4 May 2023. Catch up on the first two seasons of Bridgerton at netflix.co.uk.
Featured image (L-R) Corey Mylchreest as Young King George, India Amarteifio as Young Queen Charlotte in episode 101 of Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story. Liam Daniel/Netflix © 2023 (cropped).