by Barbara Kyles

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Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, originally named Sophie Charlotte was born on May 19, 1744. Queen Charlotte also held the titles of Electress of Hanover and Queen Consort of Hanover. Mecklenburg-Strelitz was a minute north German dukedom in the Holy Roman Empire.

Queen Charlotte was the youngest daughter of Princess Elizabeth Albertine Saxe-Hildburghausen and Duke Charles Louis Frederick of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, otherwise known as Prince of Mirow.

Queen Charlotte is a descendant of a black branch of the Portuguese royal family; more specifically, Alfonso III and his concubine, Madragana, a black moor.

This fact makes Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles and Prince William technically mixed race. Many historians have tried to cast doubt on the nature of Queen Charlotte’s heritage. But her personal physician has noted her “true mulatto face” and the public report released before Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953 acknowledges the monarchy’s African heritage.

Africans don’t beg for royalty. We know we are the originals and we’ve been there before anyone else. They just hide it but we remember and we will teach it to our children. Don’t forget to get your copies of My African Icons, I Love Africa and The Black Samurai to teach your children that their ancestors are the original royals and that they civilized the whole planet.

Barbara Kyles is a Miami Township resident who enjoys advocating for social issues and gardening year-round.

Barbara will be publishing a continuing series about Black History for Loveland Magazine.

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