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October 2014

Queen Victoria's Black Grandmother In The Closet (and Other Stories)

Submitted by afrocentric on Wed, 15/10/2014 - 23:54
Queen Charlotte and Black Servant in Lady Keppel painting

The portrayal of Queen Charlotte as a true black woman, rather than the white woman with visibly negroid features she is usually portrayed as comes as a surprise, and the complexion displayed could be a device to highlight her black roots. There are those though, who believe that she was dark-complexioned enough to be described as black rather than mixed race. I'll grant her complexion may have been that of a mixed race, but I believe the physiognomy depicted in the painting are her true features.