Sophia Charlotte 19 May 1744 – 17 November 1818
Elizabeth I to William IV, over a period of 270 years monarchs had links to the slave trade
CHARLOTTE OF MECKLENBURG-STRELITZ
The Invisible Black Queen, Mixed Ancestry reveals details the life of the first Black, British royal, Sophia Charlotte, Queen of England
BORN: 19 May 1744
DIED: 17 November 1818
CHILDREN: George IV, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn,
PARENTS: Princess Elisabeth Albertine of Saxe-Hildburghausen, Duke Charles Louis Frederick of Mecklenburg
Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (Sophia Charlotte 19 May 1744 – 17 November 1818) by marriage to King George III was the Queen of Great Britain and Ireland from her wedding in 1761 until the union of the two kingdoms in 1801, after which she was Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland until her death in 1818. She was also the Electress of Hanover in the Holy Roman Empire until the promotion of her husband to King of Hanover on 12 October 1814, after which she was also queen consort of Hanover. Queen Charlotte was a patroness of the arts and an amateur botanist, who helped expand Kew Gardens. George III and Charlotte had 15 children, 13 of whom survived to adulthood. She was distressed by her husband's bouts of physical and mental illness, which became permanent in later life and resulted in their eldest son's appointment as Prince Regent in 1811.
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In the in the poem penned to her on the occasion of her wedding to George III and the Coronation celebration that immediately followed, Charlotte is referred to as resembling her ‘Vandal’ ancestors (a Roman African tribal race).
Descended from the warlike Vandal race,
She still preserves that title in her face.
Tho’ shone their triumphs o’er Numidia’s plain,
And and Alusian fields their name retain;
They but subdued the southern world with arms,
She conquers still with her triumphant charms,
O! born for rule, – to whose victorious brow
The greatest monarch of the north must bow.
People in the Georgian court made note of the Queen’s ‘wide nose’. Her personal physician, Baron Stockmar, said in his autobiography that the Queen had a ‘true mulatto (mixed race) face’. Like with Philippa, she wasn’t considered a beauty by the standards of the time; when King George sent out scouts to engage his bride, none of them thought her attractive, but they did agree she was healthy, amiable, and gay. Even Charles Dickens was rather mean about her; the very first page of A Tale of Two Cities dismisses her thus: “There was a king with a large jaw, and a queen with a plain face, on the throne of England.”
BUT was Charlotte the first Black Queen of England some say it was Philippa of Hainault was born on this date in 1310. She was the first Black Queen of England. Philippa was of Black Moorish ancestry, born in Valenciennes in the County of Hainaut in the Low Countries of northern France.
BLACK LIVES MATTER
09 September 2021
The Queen and the royal family are supporters of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, one of Her Majesty’s representatives has said.
Sir Ken Olisa, the first black Lord-Lieutenant for London revealed on film to Channel 4 that he had discussed the topic of racism with members of the royal household in the wake of George Floyd’s murder in the US and civil protest worldwide, May 2020.
In an interview with the broadcaster, he said: “I have discussed with the royal household this whole issue of race particularly in the last 12 months since the George Floyd incident".
He went on to say “It’s a hot conversation topic. The question is what more can we do to bind society to remove these barriers."
“They [the royals] care passionately about making this one nation bound by the same values.”
Sir Kenneth Olisa OBE, the first black Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London, stressed that the Royal Family and household support the Black Lives Matter movement.
Profiled on the official website of his Whitehall-based Lieutenancy office, Sir Ken acts as ‘Her Majesty’s representative in Greater London and is charged with upholding the dignity of the Crown’. Kenneth Olisa spoke to Channel 4 as part of the Black to Front Project, a dedicated roster of broadcasting on 10 September 2020 focused on ‘Black presenters, actors, writers and experts, contributors, and programme-makers.’
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