«Bridgerton» Season 2 on Netflix Is Queen Charlotte coking there? The snuff scenes explained — series news

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In the second season of the Netflix series Bridgerton , the Queen of England (Golda Rosheuvel) does it again after we saw it in season 1: she has a can of powder brought to her and snorts some of it into her Nose — visibly enthusiastic. But is that cocaine at all, which many people are likely to think of spontaneously?

No, it’s not cocaine — but it’s a funny coincidence that in episode 6 of all things, shortly after we see her snuffing, a member of the Bridgerton family also gets to experience a little drug escapade. The fact that Queen Charlotte’s consumption is not coke is obvious if you take a closer look at the powder: what the Queen is puffing up her nose looks more brown than white.

Netflix Screenshot from «Bridgerton»: The Queen and her powder

And snuff is exactly the right keyword here: It is snuff tobacco, simply called “snuff” in English. While tobacco is more commonly known today in its crumbly form for smoking, in the past it was very often sniffed in powder form — and stored in chic snuff boxes, which were also considered collectibles.

Snuff in the Regency era

Snuff was (not only) very fashionable in London during the Regency period in which «Bridgerton» is set. So Queen Charlotte indulges in a historically accurate vice in the 1810s of the series — which would not be the case with cocaine. This was not «discovered» until around 1860 by Albert Nieman, who isolated an alkaloid from the coca bush (although chewing the leaves was common even before that for its intoxicating effects).

But is it also historically correct that the queen consumed snuff at all? Yes, and how! The real Queen Charlotte, wife of George III. (played by James Fleet in the series ), was even popularly nicknamed «Snuffy Charlotte» because her fondness for the powder was so well known. In general, the substance, which has a stimulating effect due to the nicotine it contains, was already very popular with many European royals — which also helped it gain an image as a luxury product and made owning a snuff box something of a status symbol.

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