Viewers in Charlotte, North Carolina, also known as "the Queen City," have extra special reasons to watch and celebrate Saturday's royal wedding.
▪ Queen Charlotte, for whom the N.C. city and county are named, was born on the same day, May 19, in 1744 in Mirow, Germany.
Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz became queen of Great Britain when she married King George III in 1761.
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▪ Queen Charlotte was buried in 1818 in St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle — site of Saturday's wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle .
▪ The couple's engagement was announced in November, “Good Morning America” and other programs reported that Markle would be the first biracial member of the royal family.
As most Charlotteans know, Queen Charlotte was the first “mixed race” member of the royal family, having been of African descent. Charlotte, by the way, was queen when English settlers incorporated the city of Charlotte in 1768.
▪ Christopher Warren-Green, music director for the Charlotte Symphony, will conduct the orchestra at the wedding ceremony. The ensemble will feature musicians from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the English Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonia.
Warren-Green also conducted during Prince William and Kate Middleton's ceremony in 2011.