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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureRoyalty · 2 months ago

Did Queen Charlotte have Black ancestry ?

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    The truth is if you go back far enough in history everyone is Black. I believe it's true but no big deal. Only true Africans are pure bred.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Some historians do believe that she was Britain’s first Black queen and that her descendants, including Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II, have African ancestry. Charlotte, who was born May 19, 1744, was the youngest daughter of Duke Carl Ludwig Friedrich of Mecklenburg-Strelitz and Princess Elisabeth Albertine of Saxe-Hildburghausen.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    It is supposed so, but is widely disputed.  If true it would come from her Portuguese-Moorish heritage and any mulatto resemblance would be more of a throwback. It would be nothing as obvious as depicted in the fantasy series, Bridgerton.

  • ?
    Lv 4
    2 months ago

    That is unknowable, and what people assert is probably based on their own hopes, aspirations and prejudices.

  • Clo
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Some historians think that she did, but many do not.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlotte_of_Mecklen...

    Some think that since Charlotte had a wide nose and full lips, the stereotypical portrait  of a black visage, that she was part black.

    The chief instigator behind this view is  Jamaican-American writer J. A. Rogers: 'in his book Sex and Race: Volume I that she must have a "Negro strain" because of her "broad nostrils and heavy lips", as depicted in the 1761 portrait by Allan Ramsay, and a quote by Horace Walpole describing her "nostrils spreading too wide; mouth has the same fault". This myth expanded over time into varied claims that she had "African" ancestry, including a caricatural observation made in the 1810s by Christian Friedrich, Baron Stockmar, that Charlotte was "small and crooked, with a true mulatto face."[69] This gave rise to subsequent claims that the queen was "mixed-race""biracial", or "black". '

    Mario de Valdes y Cocom  thinks that Charlotte's ancestry includes a woman, Margarita de Castro e Souza, a 15th-century Portuguese noblewoman who traced her ancestry to King Afonso III of Portugal (1210–1279) and one of his mistresses, Madragana, said to be from a "black branch of the Portuguese Royal House",without providing  any proof to support the claim about the de Sousa family.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Probably not. The claim that she did is based on some misunderstandings or misconceptions. 

    However, IF she did, the most recent black ancestor would have lived back in the Middle Ages -- so far back as to be pretty much meaningless. A lot of white people have medieval black ancestry without even knowing it. After all, we are all related, so all whites have black ancestry somewhere on their family trees.

    See under "African Ancestry Myth" on the site below:

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