Black Queen of Britain?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive at the Nottingham Contemporary in Nottingham, to attend a Terrence Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair on their first official engagement together. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)

Marilyn and her tribe ruled my interest in royal people had nothing to do with them.


Back in December, after Natriana Shorter, who is African-American, won the crown for Miss Oregon, Albert commented on a KEZI news story that, “I know this is going to sound racist and it’s not my intention. But I can’t help but think it’s awfully strange that a woman of color would represent [the] state of Oregon. The state that has one of the smallest amount of minorities of any race compared to other states. And yes, she is very beautiful.”

Queen and Princess Charlott

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It is alleged Princess Charlotte was named after Queen Charlotte that some suggest was of negroid descent. How curious is it that a black slave is kneeling before Charlotte offering her a basket of roses, from which she chooses one.

There is no doubt that Queen Elizabeth is PICKING the names of her grandchildren and placing them in her royal basket. I suspect it is important to her and her royal genealogists to be discreet, keep it a royal secret that these German Royals plucked the Throne of Great Britain, and set it alongside all the other thrones they gathered – IN GERMANY – that did away with its monarchy! Never the less, when you are the only Monarchy in Town, and all your old competitors own no kingdom, who is going to stop you from gathering all the Royal Face Cards and secretly creating your Royal Facebook?

To this end, one must grab the royal name CHARLOTTE. Princess Charlotte of Prussia, and Queen Charlotte of Hanover were kin to Queen Victoria, and make up the most substantial members of Princess Charlotte’s family tree.

My grandmother was name after Queen Charlotte of Hanover whose castle was built near, or upon, land once owned by the Stuttmeisters, who were named after Charlotte’s family. Where these Stuttmeisters are buried, remains a mystery.  The point is, my kindred played a big role in toppling monarchs, and keeping German Monarchs from ascending their old thrones. They came to America, the Democratic Land of the Free. However, there is talk about bringing back the German Monarchy. The Queen of Germany and England is waiting for that Glorious Day when the Protestant Empire established by Queen Elizabeth 1, rules all of Europe – with the Tudor Rose! Here is the Royal Rose Line that I am in a position to oppose – or bless!

Jon Presco

Sophia Charlotte of Hanover (30 October 1668 – 1 February 1705) was the first Queen consort in Prussia as wife of King Frederick I. She was the only daughter of Elector Ernest Augustus of Brunswick-Lüneburg and his wife Sophia of the Palatinate. Her eldest brother George Louis succeeded to the British throne in 1714 as King George I.

Frederick was married three times:

Frederick died in Berlin in 1713 and is entombed in the Berliner Dom.

His grandson, Frederick the Great, referred to Frederick I as “the mercenary king,” due to the fact that he greatly profited from the hiring of his Prussian troops to defend other territories, such as in northern Italy against the French.[4] “All in all,” he wrote of his grandfather, “he was great in small matters, and small in great matters.”[5]

Before she was even a glimmer in her parents’ eye, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge was destined to be special.

Unlike her predecessors (i.e. issue of the reigning Prince of Wales), Charlotte had the title of princess in store for her—a change in a nearly 100-year-old law that finally went into effect after Dec. 31, 2012.

The queen’s grandfather, King George V, had in 1917 restricted the titles of His or Her Royal Highness to the children of the reigning king or queen (in present day terms, Prince Charles and his siblings), the children of the sovereign’s sons (Princes William andHarry and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie), and the eldest son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales (Prince George).

Which seems like a lot of people, but it would have excluded Charlotte from being a princess, to be addressed as HRH. (The law wasn’t retroactive, meaning none of the queen’s grandkids were then given titles they weren’t born with; meanwhile, the only exception to all the rules is now decade-old decree that made the children of the queen’s youngest son, Prince Edward, lords and ladies because that’s what Edward and his wife preferred.)

And that monarchial update was followed by the 2013 Succession to the Crown Act, a change in the law years in the making(hundreds, really) that paved the way for Prince William and Kate Middleton‘s firstborn child to assume his or her rightful place in the line of succession—emphasis on the her, because until then a male heir, even if he was younger, would have been in line ahead of any sister.

So Princess Charlotte, born one year ago today (happy birthday to her little royal highness!) and fourth in line for the throne, already had a place in the history books upon arrival.

As a girl, Sophia Charlotte visited the Kingdom of France with her mother in hopes of marrying the “Grand Dauphin” Louis, heir to the French throne. He later married Duchess Maria Anna Victoria of Bavaria instead, but Sophia Charlotte was also proposed as a possible bride for Louis’s father, King Louis XIV, after he lost his wife in 1683. Nothing came of this plan either. A marriage to Frederick of Hohenzollern, son of the “Great Elector” Frederick William of Brandenburg and heir of bothElectoral Brandenburg and the Duchy of Prussia, was therefore arranged.

By marrying Frederick on 8 October 1684, she became Electress of Brandenburg in 1688, and after the elevation of Brandenburg-Prussia to a kingdom in 1701, she became the first Queen in Prussia. Her only child to reach maturity became KingFrederick William I of Prussia. Her husband was so much in love with her that while he had an official mistress at his palace—in imitation of Louis XIV—he never made use of her services; however, his feeling was not mutual.

Charlotte A 5/2 favorite among U.K. bookmakers in the week leading up to her birth, Charlotte is a name packed with Royal history. In addition to being, as many Royal experts have pointed out, a feminine version of Charles, Prince William’s father’s name, it is also the name of King George III’s Queen. From 1761 to her death in 1818, Queen Charlotte (seen above) was Queen of Great Britain and Ireland and later the U.K. Her daughter was also named Charlotte, Princess Royal. On a more personal note, Charlotte also has ties to the Middleton family—it’s aunt Pippa’s middle name.

Elizabeth William’s beloved “granny” and Charlotte’s great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II (pictured), must have been thrilled at her grandson’s choice of middle name for the latest Royal addition. The Princess and The Queen also share this name with one of the most beloved Monarchs of all time. A distant ancestor of the branch of the Mountbatten-Windsor family to which Princess Charlotte was born, the first Queen Elizabeth established England as a power in the new world and established the supremacy of the Church of England

Diana When the “People’s Princess” died in a tragic car accident in 1997, it was a heartbreaking loss felt around the world. The memory of the young Princes William and Harry saying their final goodbyes is a lasting one, and nearly two decades later, Princess Diana’s memory will continue to live on, as Princess Charlotte’s second middle name honors her late grandmother in a touching tribute to her family and the throngs of fans who loved her. The name Diana also has mythological roots, as Diana was the Roman goddess of the hunt and the moon.

Through her father, she is a member of the House of Windsor. Through her mother she is a descendant of the Middleton family. Through her paternal grandmother,Diana, Princess of Wales, she descends from the Spencer family, and also from Henry FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Grafton, and Charles Lennox, 1st Duke of Richmond, two of the illegitimate sons of King Charles II. As a great-grandchild of the Duke of Edinburgh, her patrilineal descent is from the Glücksburg branch of the House of Oldenburg.

George III married Princess Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

George IV’s only child, a daughter named Charlotte Augusta, married Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg on May 2, 1816. Nearly 200 years later, May 2 now marks the date of Princess Charlotte of Cambridge’s birth.

As Princess of Wales, Charlotte was an immensely popular royal figure, and her tragic death at the age of 21, mere hours after delivering a stillborn son, was widely mourned.

Sophia Charlotte was born on 19 May 1744. She was the youngest daughter ofDuke Charles Louis Frederick of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Prince of Mirow and his wife Princess Elizabeth Albertine of Saxe-HildburghausenMecklenburg-Strelitzwas a small north German duchy in the Holy Roman Empire.

The children of Duke Charles were all born at the Untere Schloss (Lower Castle) in Mirow.[1] According to diplomatic reports at the time of her engagement to George III, Charlotte had received “a very mediocre education”.[2]:16


When King George III succeeded to the throne of Great Britain upon the death of his grandfather, George II, he was unmarried. His mother and advisors were anxious to have him settled in marriage. The 17-year-old Princess Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz appealed to him as a prospective consort partly because she had been brought up in an insignificant north German duchy and therefore would have had no experience of power politics or party intrigues. He instructed her on her arrival in London “not to meddle”, a precept she was glad to follow.

Charlotte spoke no English but was quick to learn the language, albeit speaking with a strong German accent. It was noted by many observers that she was “ugly”, had a dark complexion and flared nostrils. “She is timid at first but talks a lot, when she is among people she knows”, said one observer.[2]:17

The King announced to his Council in July 1761, according to the usual form, his intention to wed the Princess. By the end of August 1761, a party of escorts departed for Germany to conduct Princess Charlotte to England. Arriving at St. James’s Palace on 7 September, the Princess met the King and the royal family. The following day at nine o’clock, the wedding ceremony took place in the Chapel Royal and was performed by the Archbishop of CanterburyThomas Secker.[3]

Life as queen[edit]

In 1767, Francis Cotes drew a pastel of Queen Charlotte with her eldest daughter Charlotte, Princess RoyalLady Mary Coke called the likeness “so like that it could not be mistaken for any other person”.[4]

Less than a year after the marriage, on 12 August 1762, the Queen gave birth to her first child, the Prince of Wales, who would later become King George IV. In the course of their marriage, they had 15 children, all but two of whom (Octavius andAlfred) survived into adulthood.

Around this time the King and Queen moved to Buckingham House, at the western end of St. James’s Park, which would later be known as Buckingham Palace. The house which forms the architectural core of the present palace was built for the firstDuke of Buckingham and Normanby in 1703 to the design of William Winde. Buckingham House was eventually sold by Buckingham’s descendant, Sir Charles Sheffield, in 1761 to George III for £21,000[5] (equivalent to £2,920,000 in 2015).[6]

The house was originally intended as a private retreat, in particular for Charlotte, and was known as The Queen’s House.[7]—14 of their 15 children were born there. St. James’s Palace remained the official and ceremonial royal residence.[8]

The King enjoyed country pursuits and riding and preferred to keep his family’s residence as much as possible in the then rural towns of Kew and Richmond-upon-Thames. He favoured an informal and relaxed domestic life, to the dismay of some courtiers more accustomed to displays of grandeur and strict protocol. Lady Mary Coke was indignant on hearing in July 1769 that the King, Queen, her visiting brother Prince Ernest and Lady Effingham had gone for a walk through Richmond town by themselves without any servants. “I am not satisfied in my mind about the propriety of a Queen walking in town unattended.”[2]:23

From 1778, the Royal family spent much of their time at a newly constructed residence, Queen’s Lodge at Windsor, oppositeWindsor Castle, in Windsor Great Park where the King enjoyed hunting deer.[9] The Queen was responsible for the interior decoration of their new residence, described by friend of the Royal Family and diarist Mary Delany: “The entrance into the first room was dazzling, all furnished with beautiful Indian paper, chairs covered with different embroideries of the liveliest colours, glasses, tables, sconces, in the best taste, the whole calculated to give the greatest cheerfulness to the place.”[2]:23

Queen Charlotte endeared herself to her ladies and her children’s attendants by treating them with friendly warmth, as in this note she wrote to her daughters’ assistant governess:

My dear Miss Hamilton, What can I have to say? Not much indeed! But to wish you a good morning, in the pretty blue and white room where I had the pleasure to sit and read with you The Hermit, a poem which is such a favourite with me that I have read it twice this summer. Oh! What a blessing to keep good company! Very likely I should not have been acquainted with either poet or poem was it not for you.[2]:72

The King’s first bout of physical and mental illness in 1788 distressed and terrified the Queen. She was overheard by the writer Fanny Burney, at that time one of the Queen’s attendants, moaning to herself with “desponding sound”: “What will become of me? What will become of me?”[2]:116 As the King gradually became permanently insane, the Queen’s personality altered: she developed a terrible temper, sank into depression, no longer enjoyed appearing in public, not even at the musical concerts she had so loved, and her relationships with her adult children became strained.[2]:112–379 passim From 1792, she found some relief from her worry about her husband by planning the gardens and decoration of a new residence for herself, Frogmore House, in Windsor Home Park.[10],_Duke_of_Saxe-Hildburghausen

After the onset of his madness, George III was placed in the care of his wife. She could not bring herself to visit him very often, due to his erratic behaviour and occasional violent reactions. It is believed she did not visit him again after June 1812. However, Charlotte remained supportive of her husband as his illness, now believed to be porphyria, worsened in old age. While her son, the Prince Regent, wielded the royal power, she was her husband’s legal guardian from 1811 until her death in 1818. Due to the extent of the King’s illness he was incapable of knowing or understanding that she had died.

Later life[edit]

The Queen died in the presence of her eldest son, the Prince Regent, who was holding her hand as she sat in an armchair at the family’s country retreat, Dutch House in Surrey (now known as Kew Palace). She was buried at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. Her husband died just over a year later. She is the second longest-serving consort in British history (after the present Duke of Edinburgh), having served as such from her marriage (on 8 September 1761) to her death (17 November 1818), a total of 57 years and 70 days.

Her eldest son, the Prince Regent, claimed Charlotte’s jewels at her death, but the rest of her property was sold at auction from May to August 1819. Her clothes, furniture, and even her snuff were sold by Christie’s.[25] It is highly unlikely that her husband ever knew of her death. He died blind, deaf, lame and insane 14 months later.

As Charlotte grew older, her behaviour came to include flirtation, spreading malicious gossip, and causing trouble, traits her mother had noticed in her daughter’s youth and had hoped she had outgrew.[33] Vicky characterised her as a “wheedling little kitten [who] can be so loving whenever she wants something”.[18] She believed that Charlotte’s “pretty exterior” hid “dangerous character traits”, and blamed nature for producing such qualities in her daughter.[34][18]

Wilhelm I granted Charlotte and Bernhard a villa near Tiergarten in Berlin and transferred Bernhard to a regiment in the city. Charlotte spent much of her time socialising with other ladies, where it was common to pursue activities such as skating, gossiping, and holding dinner parties. She was admired for her fashion sense, having imported all of her clothing from Paris. Charlotte also smoked and drank, and was liked by many for hosting entertaining parties. She also earned a reputation as a gossip, and many found her acid-tongued; she was known for befriending someone and earning their confidence, only to spread their secrets to others.[51]

Wilhelm I granted Charlotte and Bernhard a villa near Tiergarten in Berlin and transferred Bernhard to a regiment in the city. Charlotte spent much of her time socialising with other ladies, where it was common to pursue activities such as skating, gossiping, and holding dinner parties. She was admired for her fashion sense, having imported all of her clothing from Paris. Charlotte also smoked and drank, and was liked by many for hosting entertaining parties. She also earned a reputation as a gossip, and many found her acid-tongued; she was known for befriending someone and earning their confidence, only to spread their secrets to others.[51]

Charlotte had a close friendship with the Duchess of Edinburgh, frequently visiting her in Coburg. In 1892 the pair, alongside Charlotte’s eldest brother, successfully encouraged a match between Marie of Edinburgh and Crown Prince Ferdinand of Romania. After their marriage, Charlotte often visited the Romanian court in Bucharest. Marie initially admired Charlotte but would later observe that she was “capable of lifelong friendships, of generosity and even of abnegation, [yet] she was for all that, one of the most fickle and changeable women I have ever had to deal with”.[52]

Charlotte’s father ascended the German throne as Emperor Frederick III in March 1888,[53] only to succumb to throat cancer in June of that year. Charlotte stayed with her ailing father during this period, alongside most of her siblings.[54] With her brother’s ascension as Wilhelm II, Charlotte’s social influence increased in Berlin, where she surrounded herself with a wild group of nobles, diplomats, and young officials from the court.[55] She had gradually reconciled with her mother during Frederick’s illness, but sided with Wilhelm when he complained that he should have attended Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in place of his ailing father.[56] Upon his ascension, Charlotte and Bernhard took Wilhelm’s side in disputes with Vicky, now the Dowager Empress, who was defended by her three youngest daughters. In one letter during this period, Vicky characterised her eldest daughter as “most odd” and “hardly com[ing] near me”, also describing Bernhard as impertinent and rude.[57]

In the mid-1890s, Charlotte lost her diary, which contained both family secrets and critical thoughts on various members of her family; the diary was eventually given to Wilhelm, who never forgave her for its contents. Bernhard was transferred to a regiment in the quiet town of Breslau, effectively exiling he and his wife. As controller of Charlotte’s allowance, Wilhelm also limited their ability to travel outside of the country unless they were willing to go without royal honours.[58] In 1896, Wilhelm’s wife, Dona, accused Charlotte of engaging in an affair with a court official, allegations that Charlotte fiercely denied. Bernhard defended his wife and criticised the Hohenzollerns for attempting to keep every Prussian princess under the control of the head of family. Bernhard considered resigning his army position and leaving with his wife for Meiningen, though the dispute eventually resolved itself when the official returned to court with his wife.[59]

Relations with Feodora[edit]

From left: Charlotte, Vicky, Feodora, and Queen Victoria

As Feodora grew older, various suitors were considered for marriage. The exiled Prince Peter Karađorđević, thirty-six years her senior, unsuccessfully requested her hand in marriage. Another potential candidate was her cousin Alfred, Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.[60] In late 1897, Feodora became engaged to Prince Henry XXX of Reuss, and they married the following year, on 24 September 1898 in a Lutheran ceremony at Breslau. The groom was fifteen years older than his bride and a captain in a Brunswick regiment, but not wealthy or particularly high-ranked. Many in the family were shocked at the marriage, but the Dowager Empress was at least pleased that her granddaughter seemed happy with the match.[61]

As her husband acquired military assignments, Feodora travelled throughout Germany.[62] The marriage, however, did not improve relations between mother and daughter. After a visit by the couple in 1899, Charlotte wrote that Feodora was “incomprehensible” and “shrinks away, whenever I try to influence her, concerning her person & health”.[63] Charlotte also disliked her son-in-law, criticizing his appearance and inability to control his strong-willed wife. Unlike her mother, Feodora wanted children; her failure to do so left Feodora disappointed, though it pleased Charlotte, who had no desire for grandchildren.[64]

The majority of historians hold that Charlotte and Feodora were afflicted with porphyria, a genetic disease that is believed to have affected some members of the British Royal Family, most notably King George III.[29][69] In their 1998 book Purple Secret: Genes, ‘Madness’, and the Royal Houses of Europe, the historian John C. G. Röhl and the geneticists Martin Warren and David Hunt identify Charlotte as “occup[ying] a crucial position in [the] search for the porphyria mutation in the descendants of the Hanoverians“.[70]

In the 1990s, a team led by Röhl exhumed Charlotte’s and Feodora’s graves and took samples of each princess for testing. In both mother and daughter, the researchers found evidence of a mutation related to porphyria; while the team notes they could not be “completely certain” that this mutation was caused by the genetic disease,[73] they believe it “beyond dispute” based on the historical and biological evidence.[74] They add that many of the same symptoms were found in Charlotte’s mother Vicky, as well as other family members including Queen Victoria. Röhl, Warren, and Hunt conclude “…for what else could have caused their terrible attacks of lameness and abdominal pain and skin rashes– and in Charlotte’s case dark red urine?”[74]

The original palace was commissioned by Sophie Charlotte, the wife of Friedrich IIIElector of Brandenburg in what was then the village of Lietzow. Originally named Lietzenburg, the palace was designed by Johann Arnold Nering in baroquestyle.

Frederick I (GermanFriedrich I) (11 July 1657 – 25 February 1713), of the Hohenzollern dynasty, was (as Frederick III)Elector of Brandenburg (1688–1713) and Duke of Prussia in personal union (Brandenburg-Prussia). The latter function he upgraded to royalty, becoming the first King in Prussia (1701–1713). From 1707 he was in personal union the sovereign prince of the Principality of Neuchâtel (GermanFürstentum Neuenburg). He was also the paternal grandfather of Frederick the Great.

Born in Königsberg, he was the third son of Frederick William, Elector of Brandenburg by his father’s first marriage toLouise Henriette of Orange-Nassau, eldest daughter of Frederick Henry, Prince of Orange and Amalia of Solms-Braunfels. His maternal cousin was King William III of England. Upon the death of his father on 29 April 1688, Frederick became Elector Frederick III of Brandenburg and Duke of Prussia. Right after ascending the throne Frederick founded a new city southerly adjacent to Dorotheenstadt and named it after himself, the Friedrichstadt.

However, according to Germanic law at that time, no kingdoms could exist within the Holy Roman Empire, with the exception of the Kingdom of Bohemia.

His royalty was, in any case, limited to Prussia and did not reduce the rights of the Emperor in the portions of his domains that were still part of the Holy Roman Empire. In other words, while he was a king in Prussia, he was still only an elector under the suzerainty of the Holy Roman Emperor in Brandenburg. Legally, the Hohenzollern state was still a personal union between Brandenburg and Prussia. However, by the time Frederick crowned himself as king, the emperor’s authority over Brandenburg (and the rest of the empire) was only nominal, and in practice it soon came to be treated as part of the Prussian kingdom rather than as a separate entity. His grandson, Frederick the Great, was the first Prussian king to formally style himself “King of Prussia.”

Frederick was a patron of the arts and learning. The Akademie der Künste in Berlin was founded by Frederick in 1696, as was the Academy of Sciences in 1700, though the latter was closed down by his son as an economic measure; it was reopened in 1740 by his grandson, Frederick II. Frederick also appointed Jacob Paul von Gundling as Professor of History and Law at the Berlin Knights Academy in 1705, and as historian at the Higher Herald’s Office in 1706.

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*Princess Sophie Charlotte was born on this date in 1744. She was the first Black Queen of England.

Charlotte was the eighth child of the Prince of Mirow, Germany, Charles Louis Frederick, and his wife, Elisabeth Albertina of Saxe-Hildburghausen. In 1752, when she was eight years old, Sophie Charlotte’s father died. As princess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Sophie Charlotte was descended directly from an African branch of the Portuguese Royal House, Margarita de Castro y Sousa. Six different lines can be traced from Princess Sophie Charlotte back to Margarita de Castro y Sousa. She married George III of England on September 8, 1761, at the Chapel Royal in St James’s Palace, London, at the age of 17 years of age becoming the Queen of England and Ireland.

In Queen Charlotte’s era slavery was prevalent and the anti-slavery campaign was growing. Portrait painters of the royal family were expected to play down or soften Queen Charlotte’s African features. Painters such as Sir Thomas Lawrence, who painted, Queen Charlotte in the autumn of 1789 had their paintings rejected by the royal couple who were not happy with the representations of the likeness of the Queen. These portraits are amongst those that are available to view now, which could be seen as continuing the political interests of those that disapprove of a multi-racial royal family for Britain. Sir Allan Ramsey produced the most African representations of the Queen and was responsible for the majority of the paintings of the Queen. Ramsey’s inclination to paint truer versions of the Queen could be seen to have come from being ‘an anti-slavery intellectual of his day. The Coronation painting by Ramsey, of the Queen was sent out to the colonies/commonwealth and played a subtle political role in the anti-slavery movement. Johann Zoffany also frequently painted the Royal family in informal family scenes.

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