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Britain’s Hidden Black Royalty

By Aya Elamroussi, Special to the AFRO

The royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle continues to make headlines after they tied the knot at Windsor Castle on Saturday, May 19.

But May 19 was also special because it was the birthday of the first biracial royal queen of England, Queen Sophia Charlotte.

“The royal family looked all over Europe for a young lady to be [King George III’s] wife, and Charlotte rose to the top because she was so smart,” Dr. Stephanie E. Myers told the AFRO.

Myers wrote the book Invisible Queen, which examines Charlotte’s lineage and her history, after accidently seeing a picture of the queen on the internet captioned, “queen of England for 57 years.” After much research, Myers found that the queen had African Moorish descent. The book is exclusively sold on the author’s website,

A PBS report also says that Queen Charlotte was directly descended from Margarita de Castro y Sousa, a Black branch of the Portuguese Royal House.

Born in Germany in a noble family, Queen Charlotte was recruited to marry English King George III in the 1700s. Married at 17, she had 15 children, 2 of whom died in infancy, according to Myers.




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