Soon after the Prince of Wales’s appointment as Regent in 1811, it was
decided that his only daughter should marry and start a family. Percy’s
wax sculpture is signed and dated 1814. This was the year that Princess
Charlotte came of age and her father announced her engagement to the
Dutch Prince William of Orange.
When the princess discovered that she would have to live half the year
in Holland she called the marriage off, to her father’s irritation. She
married Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Belgium in 1816. Princess Charlotte was a favourite subject for Samuel Percy. In 1817 he was officially appointed ‘Wax Modeller to the Princess’.