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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Kate Williams
Fifty-six grandchildren, and not one of them legitimate - that was mad King George III's situation after the death of Princess Charlotte, the daughter of the debauched Prince of Wales, in 1817. This double biography of Princess Charlotte and of Victoria, the heir who was rushed into production to save the Hanover line, is delightfully gossipy, fast-paced, readable history.
As Ms. Williams writes, "The public took to idealizing her as the perfect princess: sweet, reserved, possessed of a kind heart, and entirely unlike her self-centered father."
Moreover, she says, "Victoria herself remembered the incident differently. 'I cried much on learning it and ever deplored this contingency.'