The season finale of Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story has arrived. Now that Charlotte has sent away Dr. Monro, both she and George can truly begin their happy marriage.
However, Parliament demands he makes an appearance if they are to believe that the rumors of his health are untrue. Will George be able to convince them that he is healthy enough to rule?
Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story Season 1 Episode 6 recap – Charlotte and George
When George’s mother learns from Dr. Monro himself that Charlotte sent him away, she becomes livid. George and Charlotte begin being honest with each other, as George accepts Charlotte’s love for him, regardless of his illness.
At the same time, he refuses to see his mother, wanting to spend his time with both his wife and his hobbies. Charlotte hopes that by taking on more responsibilities for her husband, that his fits will cease.
What she doesn’t realize is that no matter how long he hides, it cannot be forever. After a very unwelcome visit from his mother, Charlotte is put under pressure to have her husband speak with Parliament.
At this point the throne is in danger, so he must face them and show that he is healthy enough to rule the country. This moment is interrupted when Charlotte goes into labor.
With Lady Danbury by her side, Charlotte begs for George. Although it is unconventional for the husband to enter the room, Geroge does so anyway, realizing Charlotte is excessively bleeding.
It turns out their baby is breeched. Lady Danbury, who has had four children, knows of other options and with luck, the baby boy is born healthy.
He is named after George and will one day rule the country. After his birth the problem with Parliament remains.
Naturally George is less than thrilled and becomes obsessive trying to write the perfect speech. The day of his speech, Charlotte does not notice the twitching in his hand.
This has proven to be the first sign of his incoming fits, as Reynolds clearly notices. However, Charlotte gives her husband love and assures him all will be well.
As George arrives to Parliament his fit gets worse, coming off nearly as a full-blown panic attack. It’s a disaster for the young king, as he refuses to leave his carriage.
Charlotte, ever patient, hears the news and becomes worried for her husband. She finds him lying under their bed, feeling embarrassed and frustrated.
She joins him under the bed and together they come up with a plan. If George cannot go to Parliament, why not have them come to the palace?
Together they decide to have a royal party in celebration of the birth of their son. Although George’s mother isn’t sure, she has she own issues to worry about: Lady Danbury.
Lady Danbury’s affair with Lord Ledger comes to an end, much to both of their dismay. It is obvious they both care deeply for each other however, Lord Ledger feels he must put his duty first, which is being a wholesome father for Violet.
It is superbly sweet how Violet adores Lady Danbury. As Lady Danbury tries to recover from her obvious heartbreak, she catches the attention of Charlotte’s brother, Alphonsus.
At first Lady Danbury likes the idea, for if she marries him all of her troubles will be over. But it’s obvious that as much as he can be the solution to her problems, she cannot get over Lord Ledger nor the fact that she never had a life of her own.
With Alphonsus she’d be learning a new language, live in a new country with new food and customs. It is not the life she wants.
She refuses to involve Charlotte and when she goes to George’s mother it becomes clear that the gravity of the situation is nearly too much to bear. George’s mother, who honestly surprised me all season, does not want to see her cry and gives her some tough love.
Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story Season 1 Episode 6 recap – One Crown
The day of the party arrives and although George is terrified to address his people, Charlotte is there with him. Together they make a small speech and dance for all to see.
It is in that moment that George’s mother realizes her job is done. She had been the one to take care of her son all his life.
After her husband died and the king abused her son excessively, she took some of the burden, and endured. She had a hard time letting George go, assuming Charlotte would just do her womanly duties but leave her son be.
Charlotte, instead, fell madly in love with George, faults and all, ready to care for him, whenever he needs it. After Lady Danbury confidently and gently turns Alphonsus’ proposal down, Charlotte approaches her.
She’s upset that Lady Danbury didn’t discuss her troubles with the title and estate but reminded her to always bring forth her troubles. Charlotte and George do not rule as two crowns but one crown.
Therefore, any issue that is brought up to him, will also be her responsibility. Thankfully Lady Danbury’s worries are no more, and she can live her life as she pleases.
Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story Season 1 Episode 6 recap – Present Day
Charlotte’s married children remain childless, and if their gathering for a royal family portrait doesn’t reveal how unhappy they are, this next scene does. Two of her children finally let the truth out that they believed her to be a wonderful queen but horrible mother.
They are unhappy that she had only sought what was best for them without truly getting to know them. She wasn’t even unaware of how many miscarriages her daughters had.
Charlotte is surprised by this, still believing herself to be a great mother but it is obvious that she missed the mark several times. But it’s not all bad news as one her sons and daughters-in-law arrives to announce that she is pregnant.
Charlotte is overjoyed with the news. She decides to visit her husband, finding him drawing on the wall and having a minor episode.
When he doesn’t respond to his wife’s presence, she decides to lay under the bed, which triggers him to do the same. While under the bed they look at each other lovingly, seeing each other as their younger selves.
He is thankful she didn’t climb the wall and instead married him. Even Brimsley reflects on his love with Reynolds, although we do not see an older Reynolds.
While the king and queen’s story concludes in a most lovely way, Violet and Lady Danbury might be a different story. Upon waiting for Lady Danbury in her home for a walk, she notices one of her father’s paper crowns.
Violet immediately believes it to mean she had an affair with her father but doesn’t dare ask. She tries tirelessly to coax Lady Danbury to confess but she doesn’t.
The next time they meet, Lady Danbury comes to Violet’s home and sees all of the paper crowns she had made and received on display. Without outright saying it, Lady Danbury realizes Violet knows.
The two do not discuss it, leaving me to wonder where their friendship lies in Bridgerton season 3.
Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story Season 1 Episode 6 review
Trying to recap the season finale was difficult as all the emotions came flooding back. Charlotte’s love for her husband runs deeper than most, for she loved him for every part of him.
She was willing to be married to him, knowing that from time to time she’d have to help him through those difficult moments, while also ruling a country and family together. By the end of the season, she’s already pregnant again, revealing exactly why the two had 15 children altogether.
I was overjoyed by George’s mother finally letting her son go. Even in today’s world, we often notice the dreaded mother-in-laws who refuse to acknowledge when their sons are happily married.
They find it impossible for any other person to love their child as much as they do. But in this case, she realizes the love her son and Charlotte have.
She is ready to move on and allow Charlotte to be both wife and queen without disruption. There are few queens in history who have been so lucky.
Lord Ledger and Lady Danbury’s affair, however brief, was such a powerful subplot. In an ideal world it would have been amazing to see them have a relationship without judgment or scandal.
I truly believe he was her one true love and for it to only be a brief affair must have been the most unbearable pain. If Netflix decides to have a spinoff based on Lady Danbury’s life after the affair, I will gladly watch it!
However, her secret affair with Lord Ledger being revealed, in a matter of speaking, to Violet was heartbreaking. How will the two move forward?
I look forward to seeing the story progress in Bridgerton season 3, which I hope will premiere on the streaming platform sooner rather than later.
What did you think of Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story season 1, episode 6? Would you love to see a season 2?
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