Sophia of the Palatinate, more commonly referred to as Sophia of Hanover, was born October 14,1630. She was the eldest surviving child of Elizabeth of Bohemia, daughter of James I. Sophia of Hanover was the only suitable choice as heir to the British throne and was made heiress presumptive by parliament in 1701. Only a Protestant could take the throne since Queen Mary died without children; Queen Anne’s children did not survive past infancy. Thus, Princess Sophia started the Hanoverian line.
Sophia of the Palatinate (commonly referred to as Sophia of Hanover; 14 October 1630 – 8 June 1714) was the Electress of Hanover from 1692 to 1698. Sophia, a granddaughter of James VI and I, died less than two months before she would have become queen; her claim to the thrones passed on to her eldest son, George Louis, Elector of Hanover, who ascended them as George I on 1 August 1714
"Queen Sophia Charlotte was queen consort of the United Kingdom and wife to King George III of Britain. She is a direct descendant of the Sousa family, a black branch of the Portuguese Royal House. Her appearance was black, with full lips and distinct facial features. Artists of the 18th century were asked to tone down “extreme” features of their subjects, but Sir Allan Ramsay, an anti-slavery artist, always painted Queen Charlotte in her actual appearance."
Electress Sophia of Hanover. Wife of Ernest Augustus, heiress to the English throne through her mother Elizabeth of Bohemia. Mother of King George 1 of England and mother in law of Sophia Dorothea. http://georgianromancewriter.blogspot.co.uk/
The Three Eldest Daughers of George III: Princesses Charlotte Augusta Matilda, Augusta Sophia, and Elizabeth (after Thomas Gainsborough)
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