Sunday, 30 August 2015

Europe's Black Princesses

OMG! I am sooooo late on this! So somehow during my daily nosing around last week, I discovered an incredible fact! That fact is called Her Serene Highness Princess Angela of Lichtenstein: The Afro Panamanian fashion designer who met and MARRIED a European prince, HSH Prince Maxamillian of Lichtenstein, who is 11 YEARS HER JUNIOR! Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat!!!!!!!! The beautiful couple are proud parents to HSH Prince Alfons Constantin Maria of Liechtenstein and recently celebrated their 15 year wedding anniversary in January this year. Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?! Whilst researching Princess Angela, I discovered that she is not the only black 'noble lady' in Europe, and in fact there are quite a few black women who are married into royal families across Europe! Including right here in the United Kingdom!! Whaaaaaaaaaaaat? This is too much! LOL!

I think it is pretty clear to most people why this is generally considered to be a big deal... and perhaps the fact that these black women are not well known or generally celebrated in the media kind of speaks to this. It is kind of for this reason that I do want to publicise them... Not because they are married to white men; there are tons of black women married to successful/famous white men (e.g. Robert De Niro and Grace Hightower, George Lucas and Mellody Hobson and more -  watch here), but because they are royal in Europe! European royalty is like the most exclusive of exclusive clubs!

Although there are quite a few of these black 'princesses', let me introduce you to just a couple more here

The Hon. Mrs. Lascelles

The Hon. Mrs. Lascelles: Joy Elias-Rilwan is an actress and is actively involved in efforts to combat AIDS. She has four children, and is a member of the Elias family of Yoruba chieftains in Lagos. She married The Hon. James Lascelles, a British musician and the second son of the 7th Earl of Harewood and his first wife, the former Marion Stein (subsequently Mrs. Jeremy Thorpe). His father was a first cousin to Queen Elizabeth II, making Lascelles a first cousin, once removed, of Queen Elizabeth II and 56th in line of succession to the British throne.

Baroness Cecile de Massey of Monaco
Baroness C├ęcile de Massy, born in the Caribbean country of Guadeloupe, is the fourth wife of Christian Louis, Baron de Massy, the only nephew of the late Prince Rainier of Monaco.

Baroness Cecile de Massey with her husband Baron Christian Louis de Massy 

The couple have two sons, Brice and Antoine.  Find our more about her here.

Historically royals never married outside of royalty. If your blood weren't blue... it was not for you (I made that up *cheesy grin*). So... the fact that they have opened up to lesser mortals, i.e 'mere commoners' is a big deal. Remember all the talk about Kate Middleton being a commoner... Well, the fact that they have 'allowed' people of African descent into the club... Wowzers! For me it's kinda like Obama becoming President of the USA. Never thought I would ever see it happen. Get my drift?

So all the while I am praising Disney for giving us Princess Tiana, our very first black Disney princess, I discover that in fact Princess Tiana is not a pioneer at all, but actually rather late for the tea party! Honey... sisters been 'royalling' in Europe WAY before you girl. Go figure *finger snap x 3*.


Okay, so whilst we know that Disney's happy ever after is not necessarily the reality when it comes to love for any female, at least with the likes of Princess Tiana and the knowledge that real black princesses/royals exist (especially in the Western world for us who were raised in the West), surely this can only be a positive thing for the self-esteem of little black girls. Carry yourselves like Queens, because you are, you deserve to be treated as such and you matter. No door is necessarily closed to you... even European royal ones!

Thanks for reading...

Stay confident and beautiful


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