1779 Queen Charlotte by Benjamin West (Royal Collection) Queen Charlotte poses while her small army of children (she bore 15 of whom two died in childhood) plays in the background in this 119 West work.
Queen Charlotte of England and Ireland. [Princess] Sophie Charlotte born in 1744. She was the first Black Queen of England. She 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. As princess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Sophie Charlotte was descended directly from an African branch of the Portuguese Royal House, Margarita de Castro y Sousa.