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For those at the heart of this week's Royal Wedding, the big day will be full of stress and worry. A book by a Cambridge historian draws on new sources to reveal what happened. Her parents had told her that there would be no need to learn English as they assumed that after twenty years of rule by German princes, everyone in Britain would now be speaking German.
Every bride knows how complicated the arrangements for weddings can be: will the right flowers turn up? Will the car be on time? Those marrying into the royal family have a particular set of pressures to consider. Media attention focuses on the smallest of details and familial relationships are inevitably put under strain. And while the spotlight will fall on Kate Middleton this Friday, she is not the first royal bride to negotiate a complicated set of rules and customs in the run up to her big day. However, she will be hoping for a more peaceful married life than some of her predecessors.
Thompson sheds new light on his reign, including his complicated family and private life — and the marriage of his son, Prince Frederick to Augusta of Saxony-Gotha. She had been chosen because the provisions of the Act of Settlement made it imperative for members of the royal family to marry Protestants to retain their inheritance rights.
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Her first meeting with her future husband was a few days before the wedding. Augusta found herself in a foreign country, knowing virtually nobody and with little idea of what to expect.
Prints of the ceremony were produced and circulated widely — commemorative memorabilia is nothing new. Augusta, however, had little say in the decoration of the venue. Just as this year, Easter was very late in so there was little time between Easter services on 25 April and the wedding on 27 April to do much to the Chapel Royal.
She, at least, has had the chance to get to know her future husband in advance.
Her major task was to help perpetuate the royal line by providing an heir. A son, the future George III, was born in but by this time, Augusta found herself in the middle of a bitter argument between her husband and father-in-law. Unhappy with both his uncertain political role and lack of financial means, Frederick had quarrelled with his father and had been banned from attending court.
Frederick and Augusta tried to cultivate a popular image, spending time at fashionable spots such as Bath and supporting English trade. Augusta quickly learnt the value of presenting herself as a supporter of British culture. Her English improved quickly and was less accented than that of other members of the royal family.
Her public image was that of the good mother and supportive wife and she was always meticulous about ensuring her clothes were made from native fabrics. Her status as a fashion trendsetter helped the British textile industry considerably. This work is d under a Creative Commons Licence.
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