The 17-year-old Princess Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz appealed to him as a prospective consort partly because she had been brought up in an insignificant north German duchy and therefore would probably have had no experience or interest in power politics or party intrigues.That proved to be the case; to make sure, he instructed her shortly after their wedding "not to meddle," a precept she was glad to follow.James's Palace, by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Secker. However, she quickly learned English, albeit speaking with a strong German accent.One observer commented, "She is timid at first but talks a lot, when she is among people she knows."In 1767, Francis Cotes drew a pastel of Queen Charlotte with her eldest daughter Charlotte, Princess Royal.The voyage was extremely difficult; the party encountered three storms at sea, and landed at Harwich only on 7 September.They set out at once for London, spent that night in Witham, at the residence of Lord Abercorn, and arrived at pm the next day at St. They were received by the King and his family at the garden gate, which marked the first meeting of the bride and groom.
She served as Queen consort of Great Britain and Ireland from her wedding in 1761 until the union of the two kingdoms in 1801, after which she was queen consort of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland until her death in 1818.Three days of public celebrations followed, and on 17 August 1761, the Princess set out for Britain, accompanied by her brother, Duke Adolphus Frederick, and by the British escort party.On 22 August, they reached Cuxhaven, where a small fleet awaited to convey them to England.They included two future British monarchs, George IV and William IV; Charlotte, Queen of Württemberg; Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn, the father of Queen Victoria; and Ernest Augustus, King of Hanover. She was the youngest daughter of Duke Charles Louis Frederick of Mecklenburg (1708–1752; known as "Prince of Mirow") and of his wife Princess Elisabeth Albertine of Saxe-Hildburghausen (1713–1761).
Mecklenburg-Strelitz was a small north-German duchy in the Holy Roman Empire.
In the course of their marriage, the couple became the parents of 15 children, St James's Palace functioned as the official residence of the royal couple, but the king had recently purchased a nearby property, Buckingham House, located at the western end of St James's Park.