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England's Black Queen Charlotte - The City of Charlotte, North Carolina was named in her honor

Queen Charlotte holding her daughter Princess Royal Charlotte

Queen Charlotte holding her daughter Princess Royal Charlotte

The City of Charlotte, North Carolina is named after England’s Black Queen, Her Majesty Queen Charlotte. When you drive from the airport in North Carolina, you can't miss the monumental bronze sculpture of The Queen, dramatically bent backwards as if blown by a jet engine. Downtown, there is another prominent sculpture of Queen Charlotte, in which she's walking with two dogs as if out for a stroll in 21st-century America.

Street after street is named after her, and the City of Charlotte itself revels in the nickname the Queen City - even though, shortly after the city was named in her honor, the American War of Independence broke out, making her the queen of the enemy. The city's art gallery, The Mint Museum, holds a sumptuous 1762 portrait of Queen Charlotte by the Scottish portrait painter Allan Ramsay, showing the Queen of England in regal robes aged 17, the year after she married King George III.

Historical Interlude: Queen Charlotte is actually England’s second Black Queen; the first Black Queen Philippa was crowned in 1330. Queen Philippa was born in Valenciennes, Flanders (today’s Belgium) an area believed to have been ruled by the Moors. Queen Philippa was the beloved wife of King Edward III. She is the mother of Edward Prince of Wales - The Black Prince - whom the French called 'Le Noir'. Edward Prince of Wales did not become King because he died the year before his father. The Crown went to his son King Richard II of England.

Princess Sophie Charlotte was born on May 19, 1744. Princess Charlotte was the eighth child of the Prince of Mirow, Germany: Charles Louis Frederick, and his wife, Elisabeth Albertina of Saxe-Hildburghausen. In 1752, when she was eight years old, Sophie Charlotte's father died.

A Princess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Sophie Charlotte was descended directly from Margarita de Castro y Sousa. Margarita de Castro, descended from Portuguese monarch Alfonso III and his mistress, Mourana Gil, an African of Moorish descent. Six different lines can be traced from Princess Sophie Charlotte back to Margarita de Castro y Sousa.

Sophie Charlotte married George III of England on September 8, 1761, at the Chapel Royal in St. James’s Palace, London, at the age of 17 years of age becoming the Queen of England and Ireland.

As was normal at the time, there were conditions in the contract for marriage that stated, ‘The young Princess will join the Anglican Church and be married according to Anglican rites, and never ever involve herself in politics’. Although the Queen had an interest in what was happening in the world, especially the war in America, she fulfilled her marital agreement and stayed out of politics.

An indicator of King George’s feelings for his wife is evidenced by the fact that, as stated on the Royal website, ‘George III bought Buckingham House in 1761 for his wife Queen Charlotte to use as a comfortable family home close to St James's Palace. Fourteen of King George III's 15 children were born there’.

King George and Queen Charlotte were both devoted to the other. Thirteen of the Royal Couple’s fifteen children survived to adulthood. Two of her sons became kings, and her granddaughter was Queen Victoria, the longest-reigning monarch in British history.

Her African heritage was not well publicized and her African blood line in the British royal family is not common knowledge. In the past portraits of the Queen that showed her African features were viewed as fiction of the Black Magi. However two art historians suggested then confirmed that the portraits of her were real and authentic and that her African features were real because of heritage.

Queen Charlotte was well educated and her letters indicate that she was well read and had interests in the fine arts. The Queen is known to have supported and been taught music by Johann Christian Bach. She was extremely generous to Bach’s wife after Bach’s death. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, at aged eight dedicated his Opus 3 piece to the Queen at her request.

Also an amateur botanist, Queen Charlotte helped to establish Kew Gardens bringing amongst others the Strelitzia Reginae, a flowering plant from South Africa.

Her Majesty Queen Charlotte made many contributions that are still evident in Britain today. The Christmas tree was introduced to England by the Queen who had the first one in her house in 1800. It was said to be decorated with, ‘sweet-meats, almonds and raisins in papers, fruit and toys’. The tradition of the Christmas tree that Queen Charlotte introduced to England over two hundred years ago has become a ritual in the United Kingdom and the Americas. Nearly every household and public building in Britain still decorates Christmas Trees with lights and shiny objects every year.

The Queen Charlotte Maternity Hospital was built in London in 1739. Set up as a charitable institution, it is the oldest maternity care institution in England.

When King George III became ill in 1765 the Queen Charlotte took care of him, noting in one of her letters to her brother that spending time in Weymouth became frequent as bathing in the sea was beneficial to the King.

Queen Charlotte died at Dutch House in Surrey, now Kew Palace, in the presence of her eldest son, the Prince Regent. She is buried at St George’s Chapel, Windsor.

Four hundred forty-four of the Queen’s private writings survived her – these are mostly letters to her closest confidant - her older brother, Charles II (1741-1816), Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.In a letter dated May 23, 1773 to her younger brother, she wrote: ‘I find that the solitary and retiring life which I lead is not made for me. Having admitted this I assure you I shall not ignore my duty’. This confirms the Queen’s position of privilege yet it implies that she viewed her advantage as a task.Her Christian faith was a source of strength. She expressed this and quoted from the Bible in many of her letter.

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During Queen Charlotte’s era slavery was prevalent and the anti-slavery campaign was growing. This may explain why Britons did not disclose the racial mix of the royal family at the time. Even though in 1952 the English royal family referred to Queen Elizabeth II's African bloodline as a justification for her coronation as head of the British Commonwealth of Nations.

Queen Charlotte is the great-great-great grandmother of the present Queen Elizabeth II (Grandmother of Princes William and Harry) who still lives in the expanded Buckingham House, now Buckingham Palace. Kew Gardens still flourishes and is continuously being expanded. The Queen Charlotte Maternity Hospital and many other buildings still honor her by carrying her name. Several cities and towns are named in her honor such as Charlotte town, Canada, Fort Charlotte, St. Vincent, West Indies and Charlotte, North Carolina.

There are many websites dedicated to England’s Black Queens on the internet.

Peace, Love and Understanding!


Charles Calloway on May 11, 2020:

Queen Charlotte IS NOT BLACK. She has Moorish blood in her. Moors are not black. Moors originated in Portugal and Spain. The Moors migrated across lower Europe and eventually into North Africa. Most people have the conception that anybody from Africa is black. They ARE NOT. People of North Africa along the lower Mediterranean Sea are Egyptian, Spanish, and Arabs. I'm from Charlotte Charlotte has a large number of blacks, and the mayor and most of City and County board members are black. They have tried to lead people into thinking Queen Charlotte is black. Personally, it would not matter to me, but being a student of History, I don;t appreciate falsifying history.

Susie W Collins on December 02, 2017:

I definitely like your information concerning the black heritage of the queens of England. There is also information about how England or English received their culture music and other educational knowledge from the Moors. Isn't it ironic that Prince Harry is now going to marry a African American woman. I was intrigued to learn about Charlotte North Carolina's name I was told this but hadn't did any research on the information. I do have a dvd about how England received their culture and thanks for the added information.

Lee Curtis on November 03, 2016:

The White man does not want to accept that he came from the original man and woman was black. I have never see white earth before. There those that know the truth, but, wants to keep white supremacy. The Christians need to read their Bible.

Detroit on September 27, 2015:

Who cares what color she was? Its fine by me with whatever race she was. You simple minded people are going back and forth about someone you will never know the truth about because she's been dead so long it doesn't matter. The King liked his berry sweeter than most or her mother stepped out...hell you ever consider your all descendants from Egypt and her true DNA came out? You want to find out the truth? Go back to her conception, sit in the room and you tell everyone with your camera phone as proof of whom was banging whom...until then shut TF up.

Algerene Tarver on July 05, 2015:

Amazing !

For the love of God on July 31, 2014:

I agree that the fact that the girl was royalty is what makes a lot folks crazy here. They are fine with Whores who are black but the idea of a black girl living like white royalty makes the real racists reveal themselves everytime. Yes it is true that is why the Royals were not having problems with kate. The Royal bloodline had already been tainted. Besides look at Charles and The queen that is where they get the funny nose and really dark hair from not to mention the wide hips the black blood. That is why for so long they were obsessed with marrying only really fair girls like Diana. They were trying to overide the black ancestry. The black dna of queen Charlotte has been found and it is in a data base in London along with all the other royal dna soundbites. I agree that folks have to get over mixed race issues . He was crazy about her just like Thomas Jefferson was about Sally Hemmings. It was the fad of the day. Get used to it because that fad of white men craving mixed race women has made full comeback just look around!

Getoverit on July 31, 2014:

The picture of queen Charlotte does not show her the way the portrait does that hangs on the Wall of the Governor's mansion at Williamsburg in Williamsburg Virginia. Queen Charlotte looked like any other light skinned black girl because she was alight skinned black girl. That reality should stop bothering people. That mulatoo look was in at that time kinda like it is now. She does not look any different than Rhinna she was just not a hoe / slut like Rhinna. In fact many black beauties have features much slimmer than she did. She had really really big features full lips a big ass nose and a big butt. They say her butt is what attracted her husband to her. Of course it did just like light skinned girls fair skin , full lips and big butts attract white men today. Case closed get over it.Yes the Royal family has black blood. that is why they were so comfortable with Wills marrying Kate a jewish girl

Leo Jerome Secrease on July 24, 2014:

Fact: the human race origin is African. Either a person is human or a monkey as re race. Quit tripping on division, a devilish device.

Johnd780 on July 16, 2014:

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mutala on June 08, 2014:

First people in this planet where all black people.which means everyone came from blacksand every history belongs to the blacks us first human from Africa the great land ever.and every nation in this world where all blacks nation.

Augustine Smith on April 12, 2014:

Queen Charlotte does not look negroid, to use the anthropological term traditionally used to refer to persons that have certain morphological and skeletal characteristics in common which are exhibited among populations in sub-Saharan Africa. Morocco, where the Moors come from, is in North Africa, not sub-Saharan Africa.

Interestingly enough, it is King George III whose features do not look like those of a white Caucasian. He looks either ethnic Jewish or Arabic. In fact, many English monarchs have that look about them, including Queen Victoria and the present Queen Elizabeth.

With regard to race, studies from various disciplines show that North Africans and Moroccans have predominantly a Caucasoid Berber origin and that the gene influx from Negroids was small, with the latter occurring relatively recently in time as a result of the Islamic slave trade. This Negroid influx was completely absent from the Arabs at the time of their Islamic conquests.

Genetically and anthropologically, Moroccans were identified as Berbers, who were a Mediterranean people regarded as being more European-looking, with a lighter skin tone than the neighboring Arabs. Anthropologists identify Moroccans as being Mediterranean; they have indicated that successive migrations from sub-Saharan Africa had diluted the group to an extent that they were no longer pure Mediterranean such as the Spaniards, French and Italians, especially those who live near the Algerian borders and western Sahara of Morocco.

With that said, none of the paintings of Queen Charlotte portrays her as Negroid. Based on the paintings, she could be from any European nationality, but certainly not what today we would consider as "Black." It is not uncontrovertible that her mother was Negroid. All that is known is that Queen Charlotte's mother was a Moor. As we have seen, however, not all Moors are Negroid, and those who are are relatively small in number. Therefore, the likelihood that Queen Charlotte was "Black" is most likely quite small. In addition, I seriously doubt that any European monarchy, especially England, would have accepted a Black woman as queen.

To solve this "mystery" that seems to have captured the imagination of many, I'd really like to see a painting of Charlotte's mother. By the way, her mother was not a queen; she was a mistress of Charlotte's father.

In the end, who gives a hoot whether she was Black or Caucasian. From all accounts she was a lovely, intelligent and caring lady who had a very good and mutually devoted relationship with her husband. May she rest in peace.

Augustine Smith on April 12, 2014:


Olga on December 01, 2013:

The only suspicious folks with that they ever mixed were Saxons. The first Mecklenburgs were pure Venedi (Slavic people), while as early as they started mixing with Saxons their phenotype might have begun changing. The genes once infiltrated the genetics of a kin are tossed and can show one day in some descendant. Same with the Hohenzollerns whose faces sometimes just flaunt Slavic genes, while in others of them it’s plain they’re mixed with someone. Considering royals had never revealed official mixing with Jews (the African phenotype can possibly come from Ethiopian Jews), but as it’s known they’ve intermarried with Saxons, I can with good probability suspect that Saxons (at least their upper class) were Jewish, that’s how they had the specific features. Same with Russian royals, who also adopted the odd features ever since they first married into a Saxon house. Saxon can be just a name for Crypto-Jews, plus the etymology of Saxons has still been unknown. But there’s an interesting fact – in some of the German (Saxon) lands’ coats-of-arms there’s a negro head with a crown on, which just makes sense if we consider what I posted above. And there’s an atypical love for Ethiopians among royals of the 18th century, which would be just unnatural for pure European ethnicities. Both western and Russian royals who were marked with mixing with Saxons in the 18th century were spotted to have quite many Ethiopian servants, which would be explained by a natural connection to their ancestral homeland that they might feel. As much as I’d have Slavic people around is I were royal, because of my Slavic origin, with that I could feel comfortable and who I could trust as my fellow ethnicity. Genes is something that controls your personality, no matter if your want it or not.

Another major thing to consider here is that it all started no much earlier than the 18th century, with the spread of masonry among royals, with the “invention” of liberalism, the corruption of traditional structures, and the decline of the chivalry and the rise of business and usury, finally the fall of the last Wendish empire, the Commonwealth of Poland and the Grand duchy of Lithuania. From the 18th century till now we’ve been seeing royals degrading in terms of their genetics, morals, functions, etc., with the most embarrassing examples of today’s fake royals like the Windsors. One more thing to note – the history before the 17th century is not fully accurately documented, that means that there’s a good chance they hide something very important from the world. And plus history before the 17th century, especially from the Western countries has very poor presentation in media (movies) and is either ignored or presented in a negative sense, while the history when Masonic Jews started taking over Europe is promoted heavily in mass culture.

wanda on December 12, 2012:

i'm not saying if she was black or not but if you look at the picture and be honest with yourself she do have black features. that's all i'm saying

Doug on November 27, 2011:

People get mixed up with the terms African and Black. Berbers, Moors, Arabs are from Africa and they are not black. The Moors invaded the Iberian Peninsula and stayed there for centuries. Also,Iberia was home of a large community of Sephardic Jews. She may have been called Black because she had darker hair (Here's an example: the Black Irish; are they Black?; no, they are descendants of Spaniards who had landed in Northern Ireland!). Check the genealogy of the nobility of Europe. It's full of nicknames given because of features... the Red, Shorty, the Bald, the Benevolent, etc. According to Madragana's ben Aloandro genealogy she was a Sephardic Jew baptized in the Christian faith after Afonso, the Portuguese king that conquered Faro, the town where her father was the Mayor (alcaide). By the way, I'm her descendant. My YDNA says I'm Celt and my mother's mtDNA says she descends from Eastern South American natives. If you want to find out more about the human race, log on - a site sponsored by the National Geographic magazine.

abe on June 11, 2011:

I gots a black qean. what's wrong with dat

ty on May 04, 2011:

It amazed me how Europeans never want to see the rich culture of the original black man. Asia (Africa) is where all life began. All life evolved from the black man, but they would rather say they came from an ape instead of staying they came from black people. Read Genesis....the European is being made by the god, not the Creator. The European was made in the image and likeness of the original (black man)through genetic altering. Surely Genesis is not referring to the beginning of the black man. The black man has no birth record.

For real history on February 11, 2011:

That book is poorly written fiction; it also says she was mulatto because a black man was her real father, not because of her Portuguese ancestor. It not even a real book, it just one of the numerous low quality self published internet books you find online now. Go read a real history book about Queen Charlotte, instead of this fiction.

Queen Charlotte has no known black African ancestry. The supposed black African woman who brought black ancestry into the Portuguese royal family was Madragana Ben Aloandro, the problem is that there is no evidence she was black or African. She was a Mozarab; they were Iberian Christians living under Muslim control, in her case a native Portuguese woman who lived in Moorish controlled city of Faro. Afonso III of Portugal took Faro in 1249, sometime later taking Madragana as his mistress. Even if she was black, she lived 500 years before Queen Charlotte was born, so how in any way could you call her black or mulatto. By that logic all African Americans should be called white or mulatto as they have more recent and far more European Ancestry then any black African ancestry then Queen Charlotte would have had from a 500 year old black ancestor. The arguments is based on purposeful twisting of history, no professional historian believes that Queen Charlotte had any black ancestry. So I suggest you stop denying historical fact for feel good fiction written by pseudo historians and Afrocentrist. Queen Charlotte was a white German woman with auburn hair and blue eyes, not a mulatto or any other such nonsense.

The Native Americans are not descended from the Chinese and black Africans, really how do you believe such crazy things that fly in the face of reality. There is zero evidence of black Africans in the Americas before they came with Europeans. The DNA of Native Americans of both North and South America shows no sign of these black Africans that were supposedly here before Europeans, the only black ancestry in the Americas is from slaves or free Africans during or after European colonization of the New World. Native American culture and history belongs to them, not to Afrocentric or Eurocentric culture thieves.

Alana on February 10, 2011:

Can never give respect where respect is due! People like Eric love to keep the history books in the US unchanged. Do your research sir and you will find that indeed there were 5 blood lines of Queen Charolette Sophia and her african ancestory. I guess you deny all in Egypt is also African.. God for bid people know the truth of RICH culture of blacks in America and around the world from the dawn of man till today! USA History books play down black heritage and describe that side as the 'losing' team of this country. Don't forget who built this country.. Indians as well are african and chinese mixed well before this country and Indians were STUMBLED upon..yes stumbled upon not found!

Eric on January 30, 2011:

The Truth about Queen Charlotte can be found here:

For real history on January 16, 2011:

This article is total nonsense; neither Queen Charlotte nor Queen Philippa had any known black ancestors. This bunk is propagated by Afrocentrist pseudo-historians like Mario de Valdes y Cocom, who purposely distort history. No real historians believe that either Queen had any known black ancestry.

If you got this nonsense from the PBS Frontline article on Queen Charlotte, be warned it was written Mario de Valdes y Cocom. PBS has lost any credibility it had, for promoting this fiction as history. You know it’s bad when Wikipedia has a more historically accurate page then PBS on Queen Charlotte.

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