caroline of ansbach

The Glorious Georges at Kensington Palace

‘In 1727, King George II succeeded to the British throne: a German born, military man with a penchant for punctuality and a glamorous succession of mistresses. He and his wife, Queen Caroline – a witty, intellectually curious and highly educated woman – cultivated a sparkling court at Kensington Palace, which became the talk of Georgian London. George and Caroline used the splendid State Apartments at Kensington Palace to entertain and host dazzling parties to which the great and good flocked, eager to catch a glimpse of the royal family, the great ‘celebrities’ of the age. This Easter, Historic Royal Palaces […]

Caroline of Ansbach – portrait of the week

Caroline Wilhelmina of Brandenburg-Ansbach, after Kneller, 1716. Photo: National Portrait Gallery, London. It seems very apt to be kicking off a new month and what looks set to be a brilliant season of Georgian frolics with the portrait of Caroline of Ansbach, Queen of George II, who was born on this day in 1683. I have an enormous fondness for Caroline, who for some reason isn’t one of our better known Queens but certainly deserves to be, and I hope that this year’s excellent programme of Georgian events all over the country will make her a favourite with lots of […]