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On 13 February 1818, Sir Richard Croft shot himself in the head. He died instantly. Croft, who left a wife, three sons and a daughter, had been a fashionable accoucheur and the year before had attended Princess Charlotte of Wales during her fatal confinement. After a 50-hours labour, the princess had given birth to a
The February 1807 edition of La Belle Assemblee printed a description of the then 12-year old Charlotte, Princess of Wales, the daughter of the future King George IV and his estranged wife Caroline of Brunswick: In stature she is well grown for her age; but does not appear as if inclining to be tall. Her
Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld could have become British Prince Consort instead than the first King Of The Belgians. His first wife was Princess Charlotte of Wales, heir to the British throne and their marriage was a love match, something very rare among royal couples. Sadly, their union was also very brief. Princess Charlotte died about