Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz elephants in United Kingdom


Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz



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Address Buckingham House
Zip-code SW1A 1AA
Place London
Country United Kingdom

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Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz elephants, located at Buckingham House, in London, United Kingdom .


Comments / picturesCharlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (Sophia Charlotte; 19 May 1744 – 17 November 1818) was Queen of Great Britain and Ireland as the wife of King George III from their marriage on 8 September 1761 until the union of the two kingdoms on 1 January 1801, after which she was Queen of the United Kingdom until her death in 1818. As George\'s wife, she was also Electress of Hanover until becoming Queen of Hanover on 12 October 1814, when the electorate became a kingdom.

Queen Charlotte was the happy recipient of at least six Indian elephants over a period of ten years, which were kept at her menagerie at Buckingham House, the forerunner of Buckingham Palace, where, like her zebra (known disrespectfully as the Queen’s Ass) they could be viewed, for free, by members of the public. When they died their corpses were, rather conveniently, given to her physician William Hunter and his surgeon brother John Hunter for dissection—some of their parts were preserved in their famous anatomical collections.

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Koehl, Dan (2023). Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at https://www.elephant.se/location2.php?location_id=3314. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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