The secret is out. The head of the British Royal family, Queen Elizabeth II, is black. When she was born, on the 21st of April 1926, there were gasps of horror from those in attendance. The fidelity of her mother, Elizabeth, wife of Prince Albert, Duke of York - later King George VI, was at first questioned. But it soon became apparent that the family's distant African genes had come to the fore, and so it was that Elizabeth was born black.
With both her parents being white, it was decided that Elizabeth would not be seen in public without specially-made makeup, secretly designed by the top scientific brains of the day.
Some would have preferred that a constitutional crisis be averted by hiding the child away, and telling the world that she had been stillborn. But Elizabeth, later fondly known as the Queen Mother, was having none of it. This was her daughter who she loved with all her heart, and who she had had difficulty carrying and who at the end up had been born by Caesarian section, and her precious first born child would have to be disguised, nothing more.
There was also the risk that the Queen Mother may not be able to bear more children, after her difficult first birth, although history tells us that she later bore another girl child, Margaret.
The Little Princesses: The Story of the Queen's Childhood by her Nanny, Marion Crawford
The Little Princesses
Both Elizabeth, who the family playfully called Lilibet, and her younger sister Margaret, were educated at home, obviously to try to hide her skin color from the world's eyes.
There was much consternation years later when the family nanny and governess, Marion Crawford, commonly known as Crawfie, published her memoirs of life with the Royal princesses in a book aptly named The Little Princesses.
There was great relief all round when it found found that Crawfie did not in fact release the information that the Queen is black.
Clever makeup artists have for years carefully hidden Queen Elizabeth II's skin color from the public. As you can see on this photograph, every detail in perfectly covered. This is why you will never see Queen Elizabeth on the streets walking around unless it is an official occasion.
She even wears blue contact lenses to give the impression that she has blue eyes.
1992 was the year queen Elizabeth II called her annus horribilis, being the year two of her sons separated from their wives, and her daughter separated from her husband. It was also the year that Windsor Castle suffered from a severe fire, costing millions to repair.
Less well remembered was that this was also the year when, on the 1st April, several British newspapers carried the story of how she was really black. The next day the story was dropped completely (on secret orders of the British Government), never to be mentioned again.
How can the Queen be black?
Another lesser known but widely documented fact online is that Queen Charlotte (1744 - 1818) was also black.
Princess Sophia Charlotte was born into a German Royal family, Mecklenburg-Strelitz, and was a direct line descendant of the Portuguese Royal House, Margarita de Castro y Sousa, which was the African branch of the family.
Charlotte became Queen when she married George III of England in 1761 when she was only 17 years old.
Royal portrait artists of the day (photography hadn't yet been invented) followed orders to make her look white, if ugly. In fact she was quite infamously ugly.
Looks aren't everything. This amazing women bore 15 children in her lifetime, 13 of whom survived to adulthood, and, as a keen botanist, founded Kew Gardens. She was also the first Royal to live in Buckingham House, bought for her by a devoted King George III, which later became Buckingham Palace, the current Queen's official residence.
Queen Charlotte, the grandmother of Queen Victoria, also had a keen interest in America's politic and the ongoing War of Independence. Slavery of African American blacks was at its peak, and while Queen Charlotte was forbidden to take part in politics, it is widely believed that letters she wrote in support of the abolition of slavery helped sway some senior and powerful figures.
It is unknown how many previous kings and queens of Europe are black or have black ancestors. Most of Queen Victoria's descendants are still Royal figureheads in Europe.
It was almost by accident that Queen Elizabeth II became queen. Her uncle Edward was next in line, followed by his younger brother, Elizabeth's father Prince Albert. Edward was young and had not yet married when he succeeded to the throne. He abdicated later the same year in order to marry a divorcee, Wallis Simpson, an act that caused a constitutional crisis because the King or Queen of England is also Head of the Church of England who do not recognise divorce.
Prince Albert became King George II, and Princess Elizabeth became heiress presumptive.
While Britain is a multi-racial country, the people were not thought to be ready for a colored Queen, and so the fallacy that she was white continued.
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None of your business. on June 09, 2020:
She is not pretending to be white especially in this day and age as we wouldn't care either way and they know it.
Alede on April 06, 2020:
Say what so maybe we could be related or something
زيزى محمد from Egypt on January 19, 2020:
Gadfly from Olde London Towne on June 06, 2019: