The new Shondaland prequel series premiered Thursday on Netflix, exploring the origin story of the fictional Regency-era world of Bridgerton, the New York Times-bestselling romance novel series by Julia Quinn. Long before Lady Whistledown, a young Princess Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (played by India Amarteifio) was forced into marriage with King George (Corey Mylchreest) and ultimately falls in love with her arranged husband. The fictional history takes place in the mid-1700s, and as seen in the trailer, fans will also see young versions of Lady Agatha Danbury (Arsema Thomas) and Brimsley (Sam Clemmett), played by Adjoa Andoh and Hugh Sachs in the “modern-day” series.
Quinn co-wrote the forthcoming Queen Charlotte book (out May 9) with Shondaland producer Shonda Rhimes. Vice President Kamala Harris hosted a private luncheon at her Washington D.C. home for Rhimes, her team and the show’s stars to celebrate the premiere.
Naturally, dear readers, the new Bridgerton spinoff has already spawned merch collaborations. British skincare brand Elemis released a five-piece beauty kit fit for a queen — and let’s not forget Netflix’s own fully-stocked online store of show-inspired products, including cosmetics with Dame Pat McGrath and tea time essentials from the Republic of Tea.
Whether you’re looking for what to wear to the Queen’s Ball (yes, there’s an IRL immersive experience for show superfans in New York), you’re a new faithful subject of Queen Charlotte or you’re shopping for your favorite Regencycore devotee, we’ve rounded up the best Bridgerton gifts to shop online right now. From the original romance books and more recommended reading, to the latest beauty collections and bejeweled crowns and costumes, check out our top picks below.