St James’s Palace (Westminster)

Frederic Albert was born in Frankfurt in 1733. He served at the Court of Mecklenburg-Strelitz and accompanied Princess Sophie Charlotte in September 1761 to England as her page and hairdresser when she was engaged to marry George III. His daughter Charlotte was born in 1765. She was appointed Assistant Keeper of the Wardrobe in 1797/8 and later became Reader to Queen Charlotte as well. She married Mr Papendiek, a servant and musician to George III.

Both continued the family tradition of being faithful servants to the Court of St James’s. Charlotte Papendiek began her retrospective journal of the ‘Court and Private Life in the Time of Queen Charlotte’ in 1833, continuing the work until her death in 1839. Her memoirs cover the first thirty years of George III’s reign until 1792. The diary was published by her granddaughter in 1886. The journal is a valuable source of information for George III’s court in a time of turmoil. Britain lost its colonies in the War of American Independence and the European political system changed dramatically in the wake of the French Revolution. In addition, problems with the King’s health led to a constitutional crisis.

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