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She’s regal. She’s, of course, rich. And you know she’s really good at throwing some royal shade. We’re talking about none other than Bridgerton’s Queen Charlotte (featuring costume design by Lyn Paolo) who rules over Regency England with a watchful eye and a fabulous wardrobe. Indeed, much ado is made each season to impress the Queen — because who doesn’t want to be the diamond of the season? — but this imperial powerhouse is more than just the throne on which she sits. And that’s exactly why Shondaland is using the occasion of its next limited Netflix series to turn back the clock and find out just how Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (currently played by Golda Rosheuvel) became one of England’s most iconic, powerful, and unforgettable monarchs.
The yet-to-be-titled series — created and written by showrunner Shonda Rhimes and executive produced by Rhimes, Betsy Beers, and Bridgerton director Tom Verica, who will also direct for the new series — traces the rise of the young Queen through her betrothal to King George III, which, while its own great love story, also sparked a pivotal and transitional moment for England, one that would eventually create the world in which our favorite Bridgerton characters find themselves in the current series.
Speaking of Bridgerton (if you haven’t watched the second season, what are you waiting for?!), Queen Charlotte won’t be the only recognizable name in the flashback series. What would a Queen Charlotte origin story be without two of her most trusted confidants? That’s right, the young Queen Charlotte series will also tell the stories of young Lady Danbury and Lady Violet Bridgerton, both of whom find themselves on their own journeys as the Queen’s arrival sets many a societal development in motion.
That’s all we can say for now about the plot, but we’re also thrilled to announce a handful of the series’ cast members, as well as bring you these behind-the-scenes images of the cast and crew at a recent table read.
Our young Queen will be played by India Ria Amarteifio (Line of Duty), seen here with Bridgerton’s Queen Charlotte, Golda Rosheuvel. After her marriage to the King of England — against her will, mind you — a young Charlotte enters the London royal court and must quickly come to terms with the fact that she’s something entirely different than what the rest of the royals expected. Even so, we know Charlotte to be a quick study, and her cunning and wit soon see her navigating the palace, her unpredictable husband, and British high society with panache.