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Queen Charlotte (played by Golda Rosheuvel) keeps a close eye on the young ladies of Regency London who are making their debut on the marriage market. She believes Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) has the most potential to find the perfect suitor and stays up to date with the latest gossip in the town from Lady Whistledown (narrated by Julie Andrews) scandal sheet. She is one of the most powerful women in London and is always seen with her posse of ladies-in-waiting. She is also without her pomeranians, who she dotes upon.
Actress Golda has described her character queen Charlotte as “wealthy, dirty rich, addicted to snuff, devoted to her family, loves gossip and she is divinely in love with her husband who is slowly going mad”.
The Queen is married to King George, which is a relationship based on real life, but in the series, she is more childlike, rebellious and isn’t afraid to showcase her “wicked sense of humour”.
Some of her co-stars had the same feisty attitude as the royal with Golda revealed her pomeranians on set had strong personalities.
She dished: “I do very well with dogs, and these were very feisty so you had to calm them down a little bit, but they were excellent dogs.
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“They were as rowdy as the Queen sometimes, but I loved that.
“I think they were all female, bar one. It’s a very female driven show.”
A lot of work went into making Queen Charlotte a formidable character and whenever she’s on screen, it’s hard to take your eyes of her.
Opening up about the royal’s appearance, Golda remarked: “I get emotional talking about it because I feel so blessed to have been a body for our costume designer Ellen Mirojnick.
“Her design and her eye are quite extraordinary and the costume makers painstakingly designed and stitched all of this together.
“I knew very early on that the remit for the Queen was that she didn’t have any continuity.
“Every single shot that you see her in, she’s in something different. All of her costumes are original but the pieces of each costume also come out and fit together with other pieces.
“That was really interesting and drove the character choices as well in terms of the gaudiness of the society, her wealth and how the people in that society perceive her.”
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But it’s not just her costumes which are dramatic and attention-grabbing, her wigs are also incredible.
Golda worked with head of hair Marc Pilcher on set with Adam James Philips creating each of her wigs.
“I think he is a genius,” the actress commented. “He really involved me in the decisions and allowed me to bring my own ideas.
“I went to him at one point with African wraps that I found on the internet to suggest that they might be really interesting to weave into the wigs.
“He came back with a wig that has a real African feel to it, but yet still steeped in Regency curls. The wigs are phenomenal.”
However, despite being spectacular, Golda noted it was “intense” moving around in Queen Charlotte’s costumes.
“I had a pannier, then another petticoat, then another layer, then a jacket and then the wigs. It was both a help and a hindrance,” she recalled.
“It was a help for Queen Charlotte because it gives her an elevation. For Golda Rosheuvel going to the toilet, it can be a little interesting. I need assistance!”
Bridgeton is available to stream on Netflix now.
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