Princess Charlotte of Wales (1796-1817) was the daughter of the infamous Prince Regent who later became George IV of England.The Princess was affectionate, romantic and prone to favour extremes of emotion. Unsurprisingly, she apparently identified strongly with the character of Marianne Dashwood in Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, writing: ‘I think Maryanne & me are very alike in disposition, that certainly I am not so good, the same imprudence…however remain very like.’ Unusually for a royal match of the time, she married for love. The suitor of her choice was the dashing Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg, whom she married in 1816. Princess Charlotte’s untimely death during childbirth at the age of twenty-one threw the country into deep mourning. One contemporary mourner wrote: ‘It really was as though every household throughout Great Britain had lost a favourite child’.