Mixed-race roy­alty is not a new thing

Sowetan - - Lifestyle -

in­fil­trate the tra­di­tion­ally stuck-up Eu­ro­pean aris­toc­racy.

Princess An­gela Licht­en­stein was the first known per­son of African de­scent to marry into a reign­ing Eu­ro­pean fam­ily in 2000.

The his­tory of black roy­als in Europe dates back as far as the 18th cen­tury. Dido El­iz­a­beth Belle, born in the West Indies in 1761, moved to Eng­land and be­came an heiress to her aris­to­cratic fa­ther’s for­tune. A movie based on her life, Belle, starred Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

There was also Queen Char­lotte of Eng­land whose por­trait by Al­lan Ramsay in 1762 adds weight to the­o­ries that she was mixed race.

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