Queen Charlotte was born Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz in Germany in 1744.

She was the eighth child and youngest daughter of Duke Charles Louis Frederick of Mecklenburg-Strelitz and Princess Elizabeth Albertina of Saxe-Hildburghausen.

Charlotte was educated in botany, natural history, and traditional domestic skills before marrying King George III at age 17.

It has been theorized that Charlotte may have had Black ancestry through her connection to Margarita de Castro e Sousa, a member of the Black branch of the Portuguese Royal House.

However, her position as Britain's first Black queen is still debated by historians.

Queen Charlotte is credited with hosting the first Debutante ball, which became an annual event at Buckingham Palace until 1958.

She also brought Christmas trees to Britain, decorating one at Queen's Lodge, Windsor, in December 1800.

The May ball was held by King George III in honour of his wife, to raise money for the General Lying-in Hospital, which today is called The Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital.

Charlotte's race is highlighted in the Netflix series "Bridgerton" through the character of Lady Danbury.

Charlotte's connection to Margarita de Castro e Sousa is not discussed in "Bridgerton".

Charlotte's "African" features may have been downplayed by artists of the time.

Historian Hakim Adi believes there is little evidence that Charlotte's ancestor Madragana was Black.

Charlotte's exact ethnicity is still a subject of debate among historians.

Charlotte was known for her support of the arts and sciences.

She died in 1818 at the age of 74.