It appears, Shondaland has done it again. Riffing off from the wildly successful Bridgerton series on Netflix and the cult-famous Julia Quinn books, comes a spinoff dedicated to Queen Charlotte, who was first introduced to us in the first two seasons of Bridgerton and the only character based on a real person in history. Portrayed by Golda Rosheuvel, viewers got to know the enigmatic monarch through pivotal scenes surrounding the Bridgerton family, while getting a glimpse of her personal love story with King George III. The latest series Queen Charlotte serves up a prequel, depicting a young Charlotte (played by India Amarteifio)—arranged to be married to King George III (played by Corey Mylchreest). As she assimilates to being Queen of Britain, the series also uncovers the infamous disease of the king and how the young lovers persevere against the odds.
And it is an epic love story for the books—if not already fuelled by numerous TikToks and its ascend to Netflix’s Top 10 list. With sizzling chemistry, poetic confessions and the resurgence of regencycore, it’s hard to refute the allure of a Bridgerton series. What’s also worth noting is Queen Charlotte‘s intentional portrayal of a black Queen, with its first episode explicitly addressing the matter of racism and how coloured folk were discriminated in high society. The show didn’t skirt around the depiction, rather it made sure that it was prevalent throughout the series—by way of the hair and make-up department. Beginning with Queen Charlotte’s wedding walk-in down the aisle, a blushing vision while wearing her natural afro.
Below, see Vogue Singapore’s best beauty takeaways from Queen Charlotte.
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As a young royal, Queen Charlotte is often seen in soft neutrals, or less, depending on the occasion. For her wedding day, she radiates in pale pinks over her cheeks and lips while wearing her natural do.
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An important and realistic bit of the show included Queen Charlotte’s morning and night hair care routine—as her maids made sure to portion her natural hair out in pill papers when it was time for bed.
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Shrewd as they come
Young Lady Danbury might be close in age with Queen Charlotte, but she’s definitely wise beyond her years. To mirror her schemes, she dons on smokey eyes that are visibly lined, before finishing with a plum pout.
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Wigs on fleek
Interspersed with scenes of the present, older Queen Charlotte, Golda Rosheuvel reprises her role in her signature explosive wigs, paired with a dark lip.
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The natural radiance of young Queen Charlotte is often captured beautifully on screen, but what’s worth noticing is the facial moles that have been purposefully drawn on Amarteifio to mirror Rosheuvel’s appearance.
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Embracing natural hair does not mean being confined to a singular type of hairstyle. Young Queen Charlotte switches up her hair in every episode, while taking on a myriad of styles, at times adorned with striking headpieces and shimmering pins and barettes.
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Perfectly coiffed locks
The Queen Mother sure doesn’t play around, especially in her scene-stealing wigs. The magnificent Michelle Fairley cements her role with discerning expressions and decadent cascading locks.