A broach belonging to Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Wales (1796–1817) is set to be put up for auction in July.
Princess Charlotte recently became more popular in the public eye after her death was portrayed in Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story. Her grandparents were King George III and Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the main subjects of the most recent Bridgerton Show.
Princess Charlotte was the only child of the Prince of Wales and Caroline of Brunswick. Her death, as portrayed in the show, meant the death of the only legitimate heir to the British throne. This set off a period of mourning and panic in Great Britain and is a large plot point in the famous show.
A historically important Regency emerald and diamond brooch belonged to Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Wales (1796–1817). After her death, the brooch was then kindly given by the Princess’ husband (Prince Leopold of Saxe Coburg, who later became King Leopold I, the first King of the Belgians) to the Princess’ lady of the bedchamber, Mary Anne John Thynne, Baroness Carteret (D. 1863), where it remained within her family, passing down through generations until now.
James Nicholson, Head of Dreweatts Jewellery department, said: “This is a jewel of extraordinary historical importance interwoven into the story of Britain and its Royal Family. Had Princess Charlotte and her son lived, they would have gone on to inherit the British throne after Prince Regen (later King George III). This would have meant no Queen Victoria or her descendants sitting on the British throne, and our Royal Family might look very different today. The colour of the emeralds in the brooch are truly mesmerising, and seated in its box with the inscribed gold lid, it is without doubt an exceptional piece.”
The brooch is set with a central squared cushion-cut Colombian emerald estimated to weigh 2.47 carats. It also features step cut and oval cut emeralds to the cardinal points, claw set in gold cut-down collets, with old mine cut diamond scrolls and cut-down collet set diamond accents. The brooch will be offered in an auction of Fine Jewellery, Silver, Watches, and Objects of Vertu on July 12, 2023. It carries an estimate of £10,000-£15,000.