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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

SPOUSEGeorge III

CHILDRENGeorge IVPrince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn,

PARENTS: Princess Elisabeth Albertine of Saxe-HildburghausenDuke Charles Louis Frederick of Mecklenburg


WIKI: Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

Charlotte of Mecklenburg Strelitz wife of King George III


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.


Youtube published: 1 Mar 2018



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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.



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