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CBS 19: Charlottesville community celebrates Queen Charlotte Day

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) — The Queen Charlotte Society and Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative hosted an art exhibit and party to celebrate Queen Sophia Charlotte’s birthday on Sunday afternoon.

Walls were filled with portraits and tiaras to reflect on Queen Charlotte’s life.
People also dressed up as Queen Charlotte in an exhibit outside of the Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative.
Leontyne Peck, the president of the Queen Charlotte Society, said Queen Charlotte is Charlottesville’s namesake.
She said the celebration isn’t only about celebrating Queen Charlotte, but the history behind the impact her legacy made on the community.
“We think it’s important to not just talk about her as a queen, a patron of the arts or a botanist, but also that she was a person,” said Peck. “If she were alive today, she would be considered like Meghan Markle, a biracial woman.”
Peck looks forward to hosting another party for Queen Charlotte next year.
The art exhibit dedicated to Queen Charlotte will be on display at the Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative until the end of May.