'Forgotten Princess' remembered at Red House Park event

Published 14th September 2017

Red House Park
Red House Park

Flowers were laid at the obelisk in Red House Park, Great Barr, to commemorate the 200th year since the death of Princess Charlotte of Wales - whose life the obelisk celebrates.

Sandwell Mayor, Councillor Ahmadul Haque MBE, along with  members of the Friends of Red House Park, marked the bicentenary year as part of a summer event for local people to celebrate and enjoy the popular park.

Princess Charlotte was the only legitimate child of the then Prince Regent, (who became George IV)  and Caroline of Brunswick, and presumed heir to the British throne.

Extremely popular, she married Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfield (later Leopold of the Belgians) in 1816, but sadly died the day after giving birth to a stillborn son, in November 1817, aged 21.

Following her death, there was a huge outpouring of public grief and the obelisk was erected in memory of the Princess, by the then owner of Red House, Liberal MP for Walsall, Robert Wellbeloved Scott.

The plaque reads: In memory of Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales, only daughter of King George VI born 7th January 1796 and died 6 November 1817 aged 21 years.

Charlotte's father, George IV, died in 1830 and was succeeded by his younger bother, William who died in 1837. He was succeeded by his niece, Princess Alexandrina, who we know better as Queen Victoria.

Councillor Steve Melia, West Bromwich Town Lead, who was at the event, said: "The whole course of British history might have been very different, as if Princess Charlotte had lived, she would have been queen instead of her cousin, Princess Alexandrina Victoria,  who of course became Queen Victoria and reigned for 63 years."

The obelisk - which is one of only two memorials to the Princess in the country- was restored by Sandwell Council in 2009.