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England’s First Black Queen?


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

Queen Charlotte made many contributions to Britain as it is today, though the evidence is not obvious or well publicized. Her African bloodline in the British royal family is not common knowledge. Portraits of the Queen had been reduced to fiction of the Black Magi, until two art historians suggested that the definite African features of the paintings derived from actual subjects, not the minds of painters. {Source}

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Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

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¬†Scottish painter Allan Ramsay emphasized the Queen’s alleged “mulatto” appearance in his portrait of her to support the anti-slave trade movement.¬†{Source}

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