29 particulars you will have missed in 'Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story'

India Amarteifio and Corey Mylchreest as Young Queen Charlotte and Young King George
India Amarteifio and Corey Mylchreest as Younger Queen Charlotte and Younger King George.

  • Warning: There are spoilers forward for "Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story."
  • Insider has rounded up callbacks to "Bridgerton" and Easter eggs you will have missed.
  • The collection additionally options the first-ever cameo by "Bridgerton" writer Julia Quinn.
Within the opening scene, the flowers outdoors Charlotte's residence symbolize the Mecklenburg-Strelitz household's coat of arms.

The front lawn has a garden arrangement of the Mecklenburg-Strelitz's coat of arms.
The entrance garden has a backyard association of the Mecklenburg-Strelitz's coat of arms.

"Queen Charlotte" opens with a picturesque shot of a mansion in Germany. That is the home of the younger Charlotte (India Amarteifio) and her household, the Mecklenburg-Strelitzes.

In truth, if followers look rigorously on the flowers because the digicam pans into the property, the association depicts the Mecklenburg-Strelitz household's coat of arms. The Mecklenburg-Strelitzes had been an actual royal household from the 18th century.

The opening scene reveals the stark distinction between the English and Germans by means of costume.

Charlotte's servants in Germany and in England.
Charlotte's servants in Germany and in England.

All through "Queen Charlotte," a number of characters categorical how Charlotte's dwelling nation of Germany is extra progressive and fanciful than England. That is offered clearly within the opening scene.

For starters, whereas the British royal employees is all white, Charlotte's servants are of assorted racial ethnicities.

Even the black-and-gold costumes of the German servants are eyecatching, whereas the British servants, proven later within the episode, gown extra modestly in blues and reds.

IN the title sequence, Charlotte's reflections and shadows have longer hair, foreshadowing her future.

Arrows pointing at the difference in hair in reflection and shadows.
Arrows pointing on the distinction in hair in reflection and shadows.

The title sequence of "Queen Charlotte" differs from the flagship present by displaying an animated model of Charlotte on her journey to turning into queen.

What’s attention-grabbing is that the animated Charlotte has brief hair, however all of the reflections and shadows of Charlotte depict her with giant wigs.

This contrasts seems to trace on the journey that younger Charlotte goes on to grow to be the Queen Charlotte (Golda Rosheuvel) we all know and love.

Within the collection, younger Charlotte (Amarteifio) additionally wears shorter wigs at first, however they develop in measurement because the story progresses.

There’s an homage to "The Godfather Half II" within the transitions between the 2 timelines.

Queen Charlotte actors India Amarteifio and Golda Rosheuvel
The 2 Charlottes.

In contrast to "Bridgerton," "Queen Charlotte" is about in two timelines. A previous timeline exploring younger Charlotte's journey and a later timeline that includes the older Charlotte we all know and love.

Throughout a panel for the present on the Paley Heart for Media earlier this month, director Tom Verica mentioned that the collection pays homage to "The Godfather Half II" when it transitions between the 2 timelines.

Verica mentioned they checked out quite a lot of examples however had been impressed by "The Godfather" scenes the place pictures dissolve into one another when the narrative strikes from Michael Corleone to younger Vito Corleone.

Based on a press pack, director of pictures Jefferey Jur additionally gave completely different atmospheric colours to every timeline to distinguish them. The sooner timeline has a inexperienced "dreamy and ethereal" look, whereas the later timeline is "cooler blue" since it’s set in wintertime.

Whereas Woman Whistledown narrates the collection, we by no means get a glimpse of Penelope within the spinoff present.

Penelope Featherington wearing green in season 2, episode 4.
Penelope Featherington sporting inexperienced in season two, episode 4.

Followers of "Bridgerton" will know that Woman Whistledown (voiced by Julie Andrews), the mysterious author and narrator of each the flagship present and "Queen Charlotte," is none apart from our beloved wallflower, Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan).

Nonetheless, whereas Woman Whistledown remains to be handing out her gossip sheets, we by no means see Penelope at work.

The closest nod to Penelope secretly being Whistledown is in episode 5 when grownup Violet Bridgerton (Ruth Gemmell) mentions that her daughters, Penelope and Eloise, are preventing, which is a callback to their huge struggle on the finish of season two when Eloise found Penelope's secret.

In "Queen Charlotte," Woman Whistledown is narrating life outdoors of the social season and is concentrated fully on the royal household, which appears out of character for Penelope. This might imply that Penelope has thrown herself into her work after preventing with Eloise (Claudia Jessie).

Woman Whistledown's gossip sheet dubs the late Princess Charlotte, "The Folks's Princess."

Arrow pointing to Lady Whistledown calling Princess Charlotte, the People's Princess.
Arrow pointing to Woman Whistledown calling Princess Charlotte, "the Folks's Princess."

Within the later timeline in "Queen Charlotte," the royal household is in disaster.

Charlotte, the Prince of Wales's daughter and Queen Charlotte's granddaughter, dies throughout childbirth, that means that the household has no official inheritor to the throne. 

When Woman Whistledown discusses the loss of life in her gossip sheet, she names Charlotte, "the Folks's Princess," a title which was given to a different well-known Princess of Wales, Diana.

This can be fully coincidental, however it’s not the one reference to a different monarch.

In episode six, when Queen Charlotte's son Prince Edward (Jack Michael Stacey) and daughter-in-law Princess Victoria (Florence Dobson) inform her they’re anticipating a child woman, the monarch replies: "A robust queen is simply what this nation wants."

In actual life, Edward and Victoria welcomed Queen Victoria, who was well-known for being a strong monarch and dominated with an iron fist.

Episode one additionally has a reference to "Scandal" by means of Charlotte's marriage ceremony gown.

Young Charlotte (India Amarteifio) and Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington)
Younger Charlotte (India Amarteifio) and Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington).

Based on the press notes, Charlotte wears a cape along with her marriage ceremony gown as an homage to the "Scandal" character Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), who was well-k
nown for sporting capes within the hit collection.

"Scandal" was created by Shonda Rhimes, and a number of other of the creatives concerned in "Queen Charlotte," together with director Tom Verica and costume designer Lyn Paolo, labored on the collection.

The press notes additionally say that younger King George's (Corey Mylchereest) outfits have trendy influences and are impressed by Timothée Chalamet, Prince, and Mick Jagger.

A portray of Queen Victoria and different work created after Queen Charlotte's loss of life could be seen within the present.

Arrows pointing to painting of King Albert, Princess Adelaide and Queen Victoria.
Arrows pointing to work of King Albert, Princess Adelaide, and Queen Victoria.

After "Queen Charlotte" launched on Netflix, Dr. Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell, a style historian and journalist, pointed out in a Twitter thread that there are a number of work within the marriage ceremony dance scene in episode one which are from the flawed time interval.

Within the scene, we will see portraits of Queen Victoria, her husband Prince Albert, and one in every of Charlotte's future daughters-in-law, Queen Adelaide.

This might simply be a mistake however some followers have theorized that it foreshadows Charlotte's legacy and contrasts with the older Charlotte's obsession with making an attempt to safe an inheritor for the reason that royal household leads to place anyway.

There’s a recurring theme of the lead characters feeling trapped.

Queen Charlotte cast
Queen Charlotte in her whalebone corset.

The principle arc of "Queen Charlotte" follows younger Charlotte and younger Woman Danbury (Arsema Thomas) realizing their energy and taking maintain of their very own destinies.

Thus, all through the season, there are themes of those characters being caged or selecting to be imprisoned.

In episode one, younger Charlotte is actually caged in quite a few methods — the tight whalebone corset proscribing her actions, the wall that stops her from escaping the palace, and even being compelled, initially, to put on conventional British clothes to the marriage. 

This theme is revisited in episode three when Woman Danbury chastises the queen by saying her "palace partitions are too excessive," implying that she is just too ignorant to know her personal energy.

King George (Corey Mylchereest) and Woman Danbury's personal imprisonments by way of circumstance are additionally portrayed, resembling George releasing the Pomeranian whereas he’s trapped by Physician Monro in episode 4, and in episode 5, when Woman Danbury is trapped sporting black clothes after her husband's loss of life.

This culminates within the season finale when Charlotte brings up the "palace partitions" once more on the royal ball. At this level, Charlotte has lastly accepted her position as queen, therefore her partitions are an indication of energy, not ignorance.

The older Charlotte is the one one who wears Georgian costumes.

Golda Rosheuvel as Queen Charlotte
Brimsley (Hugh Sachs) and Queen Charlotte (Golda Rosheuvel)

In distinction to the previous timeline, the older Queen Charlotte is completely trapped within the latter timeline attributable to King George's sickness.

Her secretary Brimsley (Hugh Sachs) factors out to the queen in episode three that Charlotte's household struggles to maneuver on to search out their very own companions and lives as a result of they’re frightened about their mom being "trapped in time."

Many followers have additionally identified that Charlotte is the one character who wears Georgian-era clothes, in comparison with the Regency outfits of the opposite characters within the later timeline.

Laura Frecon, a fancy dress designer for "Queen Charlotte," mentioned within the press notes that the explanation for the Georgian costume is as a result of it’s the solely manner the older King George (James Fleet) will acknowledge her.

"We had been making an attempt to justify why our 'Bridgerton' Queen Charlotte stayed in that very same Georgian period gown form; it was a backwards evolution. Why did she not change? Why is she not wearing Regency style in 'Bridgerton?'" Frecon mentioned.

"For us, it was about her love story. That is the fashion she wore when she met her husband, when he nonetheless acknowledged her. So there was an awesome unhappiness surrounding that piece of her costumes."

The one needle drops are all songs by African-American ladies.

Alicia Keys, Sza and Beyoncé.
Alicia Keys, Sza, and Beyoncé are represented within the "Queen Charlotte" soundtrack

A "Bridgerton" season is incomplete with out the signature orchestral covers of recent songs.

For "Queen Charlotte," each cowl is a music by an African-American lady, together with three songs by music legend Beyoncé.

The soundtrack additionally consists of R&B artists Alicia Keys, Whitney Houston, and SZA.

Queen Charlotte mentioned that she drew footage to clarify intercourse to her daughters, much like the instruction she acquired from Woman Danbury.

Lady Danbury's drawings of what happens on a wedding night.
Woman Danbury's drawings of what occurs on a marriage evening.

Throughout the penultimate scene in episode one, Charlotte chastizes her youngsters for not getting married and producing youngsters for the royal household. She even mentions that she drew diagrams for her daughters to know what intercourse is.

In episode two, there’s a callback to this once we discover out that Woman Danbury did the identical for Charlotte when she was clueless about intercourse upon marrying George.

Jacqueline Avant impressed "Queen Charlotte."

Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos with his parents-in-law Jacqueline and Clarence Avant.
Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos along with his parents-in-law Jacqueline and Clarence Avant.

After episode one, there may be an in-memoriam tribute to Jacqueline Avant.

Avant was the mother-in-law of Netflix CEO, Ted Sarandos, and impressed the "Queen Charlotte" collection, in line with showrunner Shonda Rhimes.

"The best way I even obtained into making this story was, one, I've at all times been obsessive about Queen Charlotte. She's an enchanting character. And I've at all times been obsessive about Woman Danbury and Violet, and people individuals don't at all ti
mes get to get their tales instructed to the fullest," Rhimes is quoted in a press pack for the present.

"However what actually pushed it was Ted Sarandos, who referred to as me up and mentioned, 'My mother-in-law is obsessive about Queen Charlotte. Do you wish to do a Queen Charlotte story?' And I instantly mentioned sure. Not simply because it was Ted, however as a result of I beloved the concept."

Avant was shot and killed aged 81 in December 2021.

When Queen Charlotte goes to the library, she picks a guide about astronomy.

The astronomy book Charlotte reads in episode two.
The astronomy guide Charlotte reads in episode two.

In episode two, we see a montage of Charlotte making an attempt to get pleasure from her honeymoon with George. At one level, she picks out a guide and she or he is later seen studying the guide at dinner.

Whereas the identify of the guide is unclear, it's clearly about astronomy, which signifies that the younger queen is making an attempt to know the topic as a technique to perceive George, or at the very least get nearer to him.

The present makes use of purple and gold patterns in Woman Danbury's clothes to symbolize her individuality.

Young Lady Danbury in purple and older Lady Danbury in gold
Younger Woman Danbury in purple and older Woman Danbury in gold.

In case you watch Woman Danbury intently in each timelines, she largely wears two colours.

First is gold, which the younger Woman Danbury (Arsema Thomas) begins off sporting as a result of it’s her husband's favourite. In the meantime, the older Woman Danbury (Adjoa Andoh) wears her signature darkish purple.

Because the collection progresses, the younger Woman Danbury begins to put on extra purple as she finds her individuality, whereas the older Woman Danbury goes again to gold as she reminisces about her late husband.

For instance, younger Woman Danbury is seen in purple within the episode three scene when she tells Coral about Lord Danbury's loss of life. In the meantime, the older Woman Danbury is sporting a black-and-gold gown when she tells Violet Bridgerton that she solely discovered love after her husband died.

Costume designer Lyn Paolo mentioned: "By the top of our story, our 'Bridgerton' Woman Danbury is sporting gold once more as a result of she's found out that none of it issues, and she or he could be pleased with no man and nonetheless put on this shade. Mainly, she's saying, 'I can do no matter I need.'"

"There’s this transition with Agatha, from these colours that her husband preferred into the colours that she likes, and there's this segue with Woman Danbury the place the reverse occurs, as a result of she's lived this nice life. She selected to not marry once more. She selected to not bear extra youngsters for another person. She selected to be an unbiased lady and rapidly, she's sporting the colours that Agatha wore and hated — however now she's sturdy sufficient to go, 'I can put on that. It's fantastic.'"

Throughout a montage in episode two, Violet Bridgerton is seen taking care of two youngsters.

Violet Bridgerton playing with two babies.
Violet Bridgerton enjoying with two infants in "Queen Charlotte" episode two.

Season two of "Bridgerton" launched Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) and Simon Basset's (Regé-Jean Web page) first baby, Augie, after they obtained married in season one.

Nonetheless, throughout a montage set within the later timeline in episode two, Violet Bridgerton is taking care of two young children.

This might trace that the season one sweethearts have had a second child since season two. Within the guide collection, the pair have 5 youngsters in complete.

"Queen Charlotte" explains how Charlotte turned obsessive about Pomeranians.

Sam Clemmett as Brimsley
Younger Brimsley (Sam Clemmett) with the Queen's Pomeranian.

Whereas "Queen Charlotte" focuses on explaining how the Black and white communities of Britain got here collectively, there are additionally different nods to the primary collection that you will have missed.

Whereas in "Bridgerton," Queen Charlotte is surrounded by Pomeranians, when the younger Charlotte is first given a Pom in episode two of "Queen Charlotte," she calls it a "deformed bunny" and hates it. Charlotte later grows to take care of the canine attributable to her love for George.

As well as, episode three explains how Woman Danbury turned accountable for internet hosting the primary ball of the season. It was truly an concept given to her by her husband Lord Danbury, who’s making an attempt to be accepted by the ton as a member of society. Whereas Woman Danbury faces opposition at first, she pushes forward and finally will get Charlotte to assist her make the ball successful.

Lastly, once we meet 12-year-old Violet Bridgerton (Connie Jenkins-Greig), she is simply as a lot inquisitive and revolutionary as her future daughter, Eloise Bridgerton. This can be a touch at why Violet is so eager to get Eloise to get married in "Bridgerton" season two as a result of she sees herself in her.

"I’m born for the happiness or distress of an awesome nation" is an actual quote from King George III.

Kinge George
Corey Mylchreest performs a fictional model of King George III in "Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story."

Throughout the argument along with his mom on the finish of episode two, younger King George says: "It has been abundantly clear since my first breath that I used to be born for the happiness or distress of an awesome nation, and consequently should usually act opposite to my ardour."

That is truly an actual quote by the previous monarch.

Based on Historical past At the moment, when George fell in love with Woman Sarah Lennox of the Duke of Richmond's household in 1759, he was suggested in opposition to pursuing the connection by Lord Bute, one of many king's advisors, who’s performed by Richard Cunnigham within the collection. He then wrote the long-lasting line in a letter to Bute.

Younger George makes one other reference to the actual king in episode six. Whereas worrying about his speech to Parliament, he states that the general public might name him "Mad King George" if he messes it up. The previous monarch was identified for a very long time as "the mad king."

The Ledgers put on blue, much like the Bridgerton household.

Ledgers' blue costume vs Bridgerton blue colors.
Ledgers' blue costume vs Bridgertons' blue colours.

In episode three, we meet younger Violet for the primary time and her household earlier than
she met her husband, Edmund.

Her household, the Ledgers, are sometimes sporting gentle blue clothes, much like the Bridgerton household in the primary collection.

Based on the press notes, that is on goal to foreshadow Violet's future colours.


There seems to be a real portrait of the actual Charlotte on the Christmas tree in episode three.

Queen Charlotte portrait on a Christmas tree.
Queen Charlotte's portrait on the Christmas tree.

Within the later timeline, when Queen Charlotte is getting her servants to embellish the tree, one of many ornaments used seems to be a portrait of the actual Queen Charlotte, which differs from the numerous pretend work that depict the Queen Charlotte actors.

The portraits of the actual Queen Charlotte current her with a fairer pores and skin tone than the Charlotte actors, which is referenced later in episode 5 when King George's mom Princess Augusta calls for that an artist ought to paint the queen as pretty as doable.

Whereas "Bridgerton" presents the queen as Black, it has been debated by historians whether or not the actual queen truly was.

In episode three, Violet first brings up making hats along with her father.

Lord Ledger (Keir Charles) making a birthday hat for Lady Danbury.
Lord Ledger (Keir Charles) makes a birthday hat for Woman Danbury in episode 5.

In episode three, when the older Violet is mourning her former husband with Woman Danbury, the Bridgerton matriarch tells her good friend that she used to make birthday hats along with her father.

That is then referenced later once we see Violet's father up to now timeline make a birthday hat for Woman Danbury. The precise hat he makes makes use of turquoise and purple-colored paper, which represents their connection by means of the becoming a member of of Woman Danbury's shade and his household's colours.

On the ball, the 2 sides of the ton carry out very completely different dance strikes.

The two sides of the Danbury ball.
The 2 sides of the Danbury ball.

The Danbury ball reveals clearly the preliminary divide between the outdated ton and the brand new members of the ton.

At one level throughout the dance, you’ll be able to see the 2 sides performing very completely different dance strikes.

When Queen Charlotte and George arrive and dance collectively, the 2 sides lastly combine and do the identical dance.

George's costumes characteristic floral detailing to symbolize his love of farming.

Queen Charlotte and King George's wedding outfit.
Queen Charlotte and King George's marriage ceremony outfit.

King George states clearly throughout the collection that he loves farming and would slightly try this than be a king. Therefore, the floral decorations on George's formal outfits seem to be a nod to this.

Based on the press notes, the uniforms the employees at Kew Palace put on even have a floral motif for a similar motive.

When Woman Danbury talks to her maid Coral about her former husband in episode 5, a stag decoration is proven prominently.

Coral (Peyvand Sadeghian) and the stag ornament.
Coral (Peyvand Sadeghian) and the stag decoration.

Stags are an emblem of energy and new beginnings, that are two necessary themes for Woman Danbury throughout this a part of the story.

She is compelled to be sturdy as a result of she now has to take cost of the Danbury identify and safe her household's title after her husband's loss of life. She is also beginning a brand new starting since she has to search out out what her pursuits at the moment are she is widowed.

Lord Bute and Princess Augusta congratulate one another on the newborn slightly than Charlotte, who did all of the work.

Queen Charlotte cast
Princess Augusta (Michelle Fairley) and Lord Bute (Richard Cunningham).

When Lord Bute (Richard Cunningham) and Princess Augusta (Michelle Fairley) discover out Charlotte is pregnant in episode 5, they congratulate one another, displaying how they see the queen as nothing however a child mule.

This can be a recurring theme inside the episode, wherein nobody sees her as an actual individual till Woman Danbury agrees to be her true good friend.

Within the collection finale, when the older Queen Charlotte realizes that her son and daughter-in-law expect a baby, she doesn't copy her predecessors and correctly congratulates the pair. This callback represents her development as a mom all through the season.

Violet makes use of quite a lot of floral metaphors to explain love and lust.

bridgerton lady violet
Ruth Gemmell performs Woman Violet on "Bridgerton."

In episode one, Violet talks to the queen about how love "blooms" over time. In episode 5, Violet mentions a backyard blooming as a metaphor to say she is starting to have a sexual attraction to males once more after the loss of life of her husband.

Whereas the floral theme suits the Bridgertons and the "Bridgerton" universe as a complete, it’s attention-grabbing that Violet makes use of the backyard metaphor, particularly since that’s the setting the place her husband died in a flashback in "Bridgerton" season two.

As well as, in a while in episode 5, we see George's backyard slowly die since he isn’t there to take care of it, which appears to be a metaphor for the decaying love between Charlotte and George.

Woman Danbury's tribe is an actual tribe from Sierra Leone.

Isaiah Ajiboye as Dominic Danbury and Arsema Thomas as Young Agatha Danbury
Isaiah Ajiboye as Dominic Danbury and Arsema Thomas as younger Woman Danbury.

When Woman Danbury tells her son about their household lineage, she mentions that her start identify is "Soma" and that they’ve the "royal blood of Kpa-Mende Bo tribe in Sierra Leone."

The Kpa-Mende Bo is a subsection of the Mende tribe from Sierra Leone. Soma is the childhood identify of an actual chief of the Mende tribe, Madam Yoko.

"Bridgerton" writer Julia Quinn makes a cameo throughout a scene the place Adolphus and Woman Danbury are taking a stroll in episode six.

Julia Quinn and her son in "Queen Charlotte" episode six.
Julia Quinn's first cameo in "Queen Charlotte" episode six.

Adolphus (Tunji Kasim) and Woman Danbury stroll previous "Bridgerton" writer Julia Quinn in episode six.

The writer instructed Insider that the cameo was a last-minute addition.

"I hadn't wished to earlier than as a result of it truly takes quite a lot of time and I need to have the ability to see every part," Quinn mentioned. "[I live] so distant from the place they movie, so I don't get to go fairly often. However that point I made a decision to as a result of I had extra time on set than I've had earlier than."

Queen Charlotte wears the identical emerald necklace in each timelines.

Arrows pointing to the emerald necklace on the past and present Queen Charlotte.
Arrows level to the emerald necklace worn by Queen Charlotte.

Throughout the scenes in each timelines when George and Queen Charlotte are hiding from the world beneath their mattress, the queen wears an emerald necklace.

Queen Charlotte beforehand said in "Bridgerton" season two that "her favourite necklace is one in every of emeralds."

This might trace that the explanation Charlotte likes emeralds is in order that George can acknowledge her. 

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