The drama will also follow a young Violet Bridgerton and Lady Danbury

The Bridgerton universe is expanding – a spinoff series about a young Queen Charlotte has been confirmed by Netflix.

The limited series will explore the origin of story of Queen Charlotte, and will also follow young Lady Danbury and Violet Bridgerton, whose backstory is briefly touched upon in Julia Quinn’s second epilogue, Violet in Bloom, from The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After.

The monarch, played by Golda Rosheuvel, will feature alongside other historical figures including King George III and Prince Frederick of Prussia.

“Many viewers had never known the story of Queen Charlotte before Bridgerton brought her to the world, and I’m thrilled this new series will further expand her story and the world of Bridgerton,” Bela Bajaria, Netflix head of global TV, said in a statement.

Creator Shonda Rhimes will write and executive produce, with Betsy Beers and Tom Verica also serving as executive producers. Jess Brownell is the new show-runner, taking over from Chris Van Dusen, who is currently developing season 2.