With four short weeks until the release of Shondaland’s Bridgerton spin-off series, Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story, on Netflix on May 4, we’ve been given a delectable, decadent look at what’s to come in the tale of young Queen Charlotte and King George. But if the full-length trailer and the gobs of gorgeous photos just haven’t been enough for you — well, you’re in luck!
Here, we bring you even more photos from episodes of Queen Charlotte, all of which continue to pull back the curtain bit by bit for what’s in store for the royal court.
Reynolds and the young Brimsley, played by Freddie Dennis and Sam Clemmett, respectively, are dedicated to their respective employers, the king and queen of England, which leads to a budding bond between the young men as they navigate court life.
Lord Danbury and the young Lady Danbury, played by Cyril Nri and Arsema Thomas, secure their positions alongside Queen Charlotte with cunning and charm — but remember, nothing comes easily in the ton.
“We’re all playing women in a period of British history where women were passed on from their families to their husband to become their property with no agency and no power,” Adjoa Andoh said of playing her character, Lady Agatha Danbury, in the Bridgerton series, “and we are finding ways to claw it back in strategic and subtle ways to get the outcomes we want without getting any of the pushback for doing what we’re doing.” Lady Danbury is as wise as she is wealthy, and we’ll surely see more of her maneuverings as we dive deeper into her history in the Queen Charlotte series.
Bridgerton fans have surely noticed the deep connection between Brimsley (Hugh Sachs) and Queen Charlotte (Golda Rosheuvel), considering he’s been by her side since her first days in the royal English court. In Queen Charlotte, expect to see the layers of their relationship mined even further.
The young King George (Corey Mylchreest) and the young Queen Charlotte (India Amarteifio) don’t know much about each other at first, but they know that there’s a strong attraction, one that builds into so much more for not just themselves but also for an entire nation.
India Amarteifio’s Queen Charlotte is a smart young woman, but joining the English royal family is her toughest assignment yet. As Amarteifio recently told Shondaland, “A challenging aspect of this show has been building the stamina, skill-wise. I’m in scenes pretty much every day, so just being able to come in, do the work, and then not let it have weight on you for the next two or three days is hard.”
Corey Mylchreest’s King George carries the literal weight of the crown, but his determination and charisma make him a good and just ruler. “He’s astute, and he’s capable of putting up a front and putting on a smile; at being immediately charming, confident, charismatic, and hiding everything else that’s going on for him,” says Mylchreest, “which ends up being the majority of the exploration of George in the rest of the show.”
The queen’s brother Adolphus (Tunji Kasim) is the head of his family, and with that position comes much responsibility, as well as a lot of political know-how and machinations — this is Georgian England after all!
Through thick and thin, King George and Queen Charlotte design a marriage that works for them.
Beautiful, right? But before we let you go, how about one more indulgence in three additional pieces of key art featuring India Amarteifio and Arsema Thomas; the three Bridgerton matriarchs, Adjoa Andoh, Golda Rosheuvel, and Ruth Gemmell; and last but not least, the queen and king themselves, Amarteifio and Corey Mylchreest.
As we draw nearer to the premiere of Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story, be sure to check back here for more information, photos, and inside looks. And for more from the Bridgerton world, make sure to catch up on everything we know about season three, and listen and subscribe to Bridgerton: The Official Podcast, available on Apple, iHeart, and wherever you get your favorite podcasts.
Valentina Valentini is a London-based entertainment, travel, and food writer and is also a senior contributor to Shondaland. Elsewhere, she has written for Vanity Fair, Vulture, Variety, Thrillist, Heated, and The Washington Post. Her personal essays can be read in the Los Angeles Times and Longreads, and her tangents and general complaints can be seen on Instagram at @ByValentinaV.
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