The time has come, dear Members of the Ton, to go into the past and return to the world of Bridgerton, because the official trailer for Netflix’s Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story is out! The limited series, starring India Amarteifio as young Queen Charlotte and Corey Mylchreest as young King George III, will premiere on Netflix on May 4, 2023, and consists of six episodes.
According to Netflix, the synopsis of Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story stands thus:
“Young Queen Charlotte’s marriage to King George of England sparks an epic love story and transforms high society in this “Bridgerton” universe prequel.”
Reprising their roles from the original Bridgerton series are Golda Rosheuvel, Adjoa Andoh, Ruth Gemmell, and Hugh Sachs as Queen Charlotte, Lady Agatha Danbury, Dowager Viscountess Bridgerton and Brimsley, the Queen’s gossip-mongering secretary. They are joined by India Amarteifio as the young Queen Charlotte, Arsema Thomas as the young Lady Danbury, Connie Jenkins-Greig as the young Violet Ledger, Sam Clemmett as the young Brimsley, and more.
The trailer includes snippets from the teaser trailer, including Queen Charlotte and King George’s meeting, but it also gives viewers more insight into the friendship that brews between Queen Charlotte and Lady Danbury. Lady Danbury is one of Queen Charlotte’s ladies-in-waiting and eventually becomes her close confidante.
Additionally, the trailer plays up on the fictional racial difficulties that Queen Charlotte is facing as a woman of color in the 1700s. While the world of Bridgerton largely ignores racism and cast people of color as Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings, Kate Sharma, the eventual Viscountess Bridgerton, and Queen Charlotte, this prequel series shows the transition from a racist England to a more inclusive and welcoming one. The pressure is on the young queen to be the perfect queen and example for the Ton.
While Queen Charlotte and King George have a rocky start as their union is a forced and arranged marriage, they appear to hit it off and genuinely fall in love. Historically, they have 15 children and within the Bridgerton world, it is clear that even when older they are still very much in love. While their story will eventually end sadly when King George develops health problems, most likely porphyria, and no longer properly remembers his wife and family, it is clear that they still love each other deeply.
Bridgerton Season 3
On March 14, Bridgerton Season 3 finally wrapped filming. The third season of the acclaimed Netflix show, based on the Bridgerton book series by Julia Quinn, will follow the fourth book in the book series, Romancing Mister Bridgerton. It will focus on the love story between Colin Bridgerton, the third Bridgerton brother, and Penelope Featherington, his long-time friend and the infamous Lady Whistledown.
While there has yet to be a release date for the third season of Bridgerton, fans of the Bridgerton universe can at least get their fill of the familiar world and some of its characters while they wait for the dramatic love story between two characters who have been in the world of Bridgerton since its first season.
Queen Charlotte, Julia Quinn, and Shonda Rhimes Novel
In addition to the Queen Charlotte Netflix series coming out on May 4, on May 9, the official Queen Charlotte novel by Bridgerton book series author Julia Quinn and Bridgerton Netflix series showrunner Shonda Rhimes, will be released. Unlike the Bridgerton book series, which differs from the Bridgerton Netflix series, the Queen Charlotte novel promises to be more closely tied to the series.
Until the Queen Charlotte Netflix series and novel come out, rewatch the Bridgerton Netflix series on Netflix, reread the Bridgerton book series by Julia Quinn, and catch up on all Bridgerton news here!