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The Princess Charlotte Momento Mori Ring
Twenty-one year old Princess Charlotte died after delivering a stillborn son. Charlotte was mourned by the British people in a manner similar to the mourning of Diana, Princess of Wales. At the time of her death, Charlotte - who was second in line to the throne - was the only legitimate grandchild of King George III, despite the fact that eleven of his fifteen children were still living.
Her death left no legitimate heir in the second generation, and prompted the aging sons of King George III to begin a frantic search for brides to provide for the succession. Within a short time, three newlywed Duchesses became pregnant. Only one child survived infancy, Victoria, who stood fifth in line to the throne after her uncles George, Frederick and William, and her father.