Princess Charlotte Arriving at Harwich, September 1761

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Following the accession of George III in 1760 the choice of a bride for him fell upon Princess Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. A squadron of yachts and men-of-war under the Admiral of the Fleet, Lord Anson, was sent to Cuxhaven on the German coast to collect her. The principal yacht, the 'Royal Caroline', was renamed 'Royal Charlotte', and sumptuously fitted out for the Princess. Westerly gales blew the returning squadron over to the Norwegian coast three times, so it was ten days before it reached Harwich. Serres visited Harwich in September 1761 to record the arrival of the Princess and his picture shows this much delayed event in Harwich harbour, with sunlight breaking through the clouds onto the 'Royal Charlotte', as she passes Landguard Fort.

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Princess Charlotte Arriving at Harwich, September 1761




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H 81.2 x W 129.5 cm

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