So you think considering Leopold II to be a brother is taking things too far.
Compare him with Paul Boateng here (Baron, I should add).
In our day and age we are Black and Proud and have no need for powdered wigs and faces.
Take a good look and tell me Leopold II wasn't a brother. Of course he was
Perhaps some Photoshop maven could brown up Leopold's image to enhance the similarity. Careful. Heed Codfried's warning.
Paul Boateng's image could be lightened up and some day people will deny that there were ever black Members of Parliament in Britain
Or, some day in the future Paul Boateng might be mistaken for Leopold II and all the official portraits of Leopold II will be replaced by Paul Boateng's.
Which of the two is of the more distinguished look?
This is a portrait of Emperor Leopold with the Holy Crown of Hungary.
I don't have a picture of the Crown here, there are quite a few on Flickr. The features of the Saints on that crown are brown enough for them to be considered African or Asiatic as some commentators like to say. They would definitely fail the brown paper bag test.
Here is a cutout from a cartoon featuring Leopold II in a duel with Robespierre. It gives me greater confidence that the portraits above are good likenesses