Caroline of Ansbach

related topics
{son, year, death}
{@card@, make, design}
{style, bgcolor, rowspan}
{church, century, christian}
{land, century, early}

Caroline of Brandenburg-Ansbach (Wilhelmina Charlotte Caroline; 1 March 1683 – 20 November 1737) was the queen consort of King George II of Great Britain.


Early life

Margravine Caroline of Brandenburg-Ansbach was born at Ansbach in Germany, the daughter of John Frederick, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach, and his second wife, Princess Eleonore Erdmuthe of Saxe-Eisenach. Orphaned at an early age, Caroline grew up an intelligent, cultured and attractive woman, and was much sought-after as a bride.


When the opportunity to become wife of the future Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor, presented itself, she turned it down because it would have meant renouncing her Protestant faith.[1] Shortly afterwards, she met and married George August, son of the Elector of Hanover, who would later become heir to the throne of Great Britain and eventually George II of Great Britain. Their wedding took place in Hanover on 22 August 1705, and their first child, Prince Frederick, was born on 1 February 1707.

Princess of Wales

On the accession of George I in 1714, Caroline's husband automatically became Duke of Cornwall, and was invested, shortly afterwards, as Prince of Wales, whereupon she became Princess of Wales. They moved to England at this time. She was the first Princess of Wales for over two hundred years, the last one being Catherine of Aragon.

As King George I of Great Britain had repudiated his wife Sophia Dorothea of Celle in 1694 prior to his becoming King of Great Britain, there was no Queen consort, and Caroline was the highest ranking woman in the kingdom. Within three years of their arrival in England, however, her husband fell out with his father at the 1717 baptism of her fifth living child, George William.

Full article ▸

related documents
Albert the Bear
Louis X of France
Constantine VIII
Ivan V of Russia
Emperor Kōtoku
John Keats
Emperor Saga
Gustav IV Adolf of Sweden
Emperor Go-Saga
Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor
Yaroslav I the Wise
Blanche of Castile
Aelia Eudocia
Pope Benedict IX
John II of France
Isaac Rosenberg
Charles III, Duke of Savoy
Claus von Amsberg
Duncan I of Scotland
Henry II of France
Ramiro II of Aragon
Emperor Kenzō
Charles I of Naples
All's Well That Ends Well
Alfonso, Count of Poitou
Ugo Foscolo
Philibert II, Duke of Savoy
Amalric II of Jerusalem
Æthelbald of Wessex
Duke of Cornwall