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Real Queen Beds - Queen Charlotte's Flower Bed

August 25, 2014

Real Queen Beds - Queen Charlotte's Flower Bed

While the Queen-sized beds we sell will make any lady feel like a queen, there are still many beds in existence where real blue-blooded queens used to rest their weary heads. When you start digging deeper into the history of these beds you start revealing rich life stories that only something as personal as a bed could be privy to. This month we focus on the beds of real queens, with our first installment looking at an achingly beautiful one from the early 1800’s.

Queen Charlotte was the wife of King George the Third (‘mad’ King George) and interestingly recent publications theorise that she may have had African ancestry. Charlotte was not particularly renowned for her beauty but, as is often the case when someone was short changed in this arena, she knew better than anyone how to create and appreciate beauty. Flowers were her passion and Kew Gardens owes its existence largely to this passion. As such, near the end of her life she commissioned an exquisitely expensive bed embroidered with 4000 botanically-accurate flowers symbolising fertility and love. While we may not be able to have a look at what was in Charlotte’s heart, she was certainly abundant, bearing 15 children (a feat which any mother will respect). This spectacular antique bed reveals something about gender roles of the time too: the bed frame was designed by men but the embroidery was designed by the first lady to be accepted by the world famous Royal Academy, Mary Moser. Similarly, the embroidery was done by orphans at 'Mrs Wright's school for embroidering females'. In the centuries that followed, no bed commissioned by a British monarch was as grand or ornate as this masterpiece.

Keep a look out for our next blog where we look at Queen Mary’s bed, made with Genoa velvet, that is famed as a bed that sparked a revolution.

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