'Bridgerton' Fans, This Detail Might Hint to a Release Date for Queen Charlotte's Prequel

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Extra! Extra! Read all about it (literally). Feast your eyes upon the latest news abuzz: Bridgerton, our favorite Netflix period drama is getting its very own epilogue and book to match.

The regency show inspired by Julia Quinn's novels entranced viewers with the glamorous London social scene and the esteemed members within, including the show's namesake family. Now, the Bridgerton-verse is ready to expand in a different way. Though there's still much unknown swirling around, here's everything we can confirm about the new Bridgerton prequel show Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story thus far:

What will the Bridgerton prequel Queen Charlotte be about?

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Riding on Bridgerton's successful coattail, a new Shondaland show will regale the origin tale of Queen Charlotte (Golda Rosheuvel). Pulling the strings in the hallmark series was the reigning monarch — a fictional character inspired by the real-life royal who ruled the U.K. and may have been the first Black member of the royal family.

Titled Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story, the eight-episode prequel centers on a young Queen Charlotte in the 1760s as she forges her path to becoming the powerful Crown we know and worship. It also pulls the curtains back for a look inside her marriage to King George, which sparked both "a great love story and a societal shift," according to Netflix's news site Tudum.

Fans who've read the Bridgerton book series may know that author Julia didn't write about Queen Charlotte but the character was added in the show adaption. Her impact has been so great that her past will be explored and further set the scene for the present Bridgerton family.

Should I read the Bridgerton prequel first?

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Julia wrote four Bridgerton prequels, but none of them were actually based on Queen Charlotte's origin. In fact, Queen Charlotte was not written into the original series either — she's the mind child of Bridgerton creator Chris Van Dusen. Until now. Deadline reported that Shonda and the author are teaming up on a Bridgerton prequel novel based on the upcoming Netflix spinoff series, set to coincide with the show’s premiere.

“Queen Charlotte has been such a moving character to write and now having the opportunity to work with Julia to adapt this story into a book is such an exciting opportunity,” Shonda told the outlet. “I can’t wait for fans of this universe to read the story of a character that has resonated so deeply with our audience.”

When is the release date for the Bridgerton prequel Queen Charlotte?

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News of the prequel came in May 2021, with much excitement heralded from Bridgerton fans. Sadly, we must wait a bit longer for an official release day. But rest assured gentle reader, filming has run its course. A tweet by the director Tom Verica confirmed as much, reading: "That’s a wrap. This production, this cast, this crew ... just wait."

Are there any spoilers about the Bridgerton prequel Queen Charlotte?

Betrothed to the King of England against her will, Charlotte arrives in London only to realize she was not exactly what the royals were expecting, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She must learn to navigate royalty, palace life and her unpredictable husband, young King George, who has always given in to the restraints bestowed on him by the Crown. That is, until Charlotte enters the picture.

Their love story seems to start on a funny foot, at least as evidenced by the major crumb Netflix recently dropped. A TikTok revealed a sneak peek of young Queen Charlotte (India Amarteifio) meeting young King George (Corey Mylchreest). She's seen attempting to scale a garden wall when the patriarch happens upon her.

He asks why she's climbing, to which she responds that she's worried about meeting the King, whom she assumes is a "beast" or a "troll." Unbeknownst to Charlotte, she asks the King to assist her in her escape. After a bit of banter, George steps forward to say he has no intention of helping. She turns pointedly and says, "I'm in a lady in distress. You refuse to help a lady in distress?"

He replies: "I refuse when that lady in distress is trying to go over a wall so that she does not have to marry me."

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If you're caught up on all things Bridgerton, you're well aware of another early sneak peek from season 2 episode 6's "The Choice," during which a delusional King George interrupts a conversation between Queen Charlotte, Lady Danbury (Adjoa Andoh) and Edwina Sharma (Charithra Chandran). Thinking it's the day of their wedding, he affectionately calls the Queen "Lottie," describing her as radiant.

As guards escort him away, Queen Charlotte retreats into an uncharacteristically vulnerable state while Edwina plays along and calms the confused King by recounting the royal coupling's legendary love. "I hear the two of you faced many trials during your courtship," Edwina says. "But today will make all of it well worth it. Will it not?"

Knowing what we know now, we're bound to witness a profound, yet tragic love story ahead. Cue the tissues.

Who will be in the Bridgerton prequel Queen Charlotte cast?

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The Bridgerton prequel has found its diamond. In March 2022, India Amarteifio was cast to play the young Queen Charlotte. Corey Mylchreest stars opposite as the young King George who is described as "handsome, charismatic and a bit of a mystery." Connie Jenkins-Greig takes on the role of Violet Ledger, who later becomes Viscountess Bridgerton. According to Deadline, she's a teenager who has not yet entered society.

Charlotte won't embark on the journey alone as a young Lady Danbury (Arsema Thomas) guides the new Queen through a divided social scene and the intricacies of marriage. At the turn of 2023, Netflix dropped a first glimpse of the lady in waiting, as she looks ever regal with diamond accessories and an even taller, ornate updo.

Our beloved on-screen queen actress Golda Rosheuvel will reprise her role as the older Queen Charlotte, flanked by fellow Bridgerton regulars Lady Danbury and Violet Bridgerton (Ruth Gemmell). Michelle Fairley of Game of Thrones fame joins the powerhouse cast as Dowager Princess Augusta who is King George's mother, "determined to do whatever it takes to maintain her family’s power.”

Young Brimsley (Sam Clemmett), Lord Bute (Richard Cunningham), Adolphus (Tunji Kasim), the Royal Doctor (Rob Maloney), Lord Danbury (Cyril Nri) and Older Brimsley (Hugh Sachs) round out the cast.

How can I watch and stream the Bridgerton prequel Queen Charlotte episodes?

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We're keeping our ears perked for more details regarding the new Bridgerton prequel limited series but like the rest of the show, it will be exclusively available to watch on Netflix. Eagled-eyed fans may have noticed that the streamer already has a page ready to upload episode to!

Until then, Bridgerton fans can queue up seasons 1 and 2 on the streaming service to rewatch all the best Kanthony moments and catch some surprising details. (We've also got all the Bridgerton season 3 gossip straight from Lady Whistledown herself.)

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How can I read all the Julia Quinn novels while waiting for the Bridgerton prequel?

If you happen to have watched all of Bridgerton season 2 and you've read up on Bridgerton season 3, you can dive even deeper into the show off-screen. Gain a new perspective of the show by reading the Bridgerton books. With eight novels ready to read, you'll definitely have lots of material to keep you preoccupied while we wait for more news about the Bridgerton prequel.

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