The grounds of Croft Castle, Herefordshire.

Some 7km north-west ofLeominster, in Herefordshire, liesCroftCastle, theNormanhome of the Croft family since Domesday in the 11th century. It is an extraordinary place steeped in British history, members of the family having participated in some of the most of the most famous conflicts on British soil, the War of the Roses, the English Civil to name just two.  But the saddest story of all is that of Princess Charlotte Augusta ofWales, who married marry Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (later Leopold I ofBelgium).  Had she outlived her father and her grandfather, King George III (on whom the movie “The Madness of King George” is based), she would have become Queen of theUnited Kingdom. Instead, she died following childbirth at the age of 21, after a year and a half of happy marriage. Read more.

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