I finally finished all seasons of Downton Abbey. I am both happy and sad it ended, but I’m already on to my next binge-worthy obsession: Stranger Things. What I loved about Downton is the juxtaposition between the service class and the aristocracy and how that changed over the course of time. There was one story line over two episodes that dealt with interracial love, and I love the creators of Downton for taking that chance. Other than that, we hardly saw any person of color in the whole series. This made me think: have things changed since the late 1800s regarding the aristocracy and race? Although there is evidence of biracial, illegitimate children of royals – the Prince of Monaco’s biracial son with a flight attendant comes to mind – you do not hear much about biracial royal families in the modern age. Only one royal family, that I know of, has broken this barrier: The Royal Family of Liechtenstein.
The family is very private, but this is what I could find out about the family. Prince Nikolaus Maria of Liechtenstein is the second son of Prince Hans-Adam II and Princess Marie. He married Angela Gisela Brown, now Princess Angela of Liechtenstein, a fashion designer of Afro-Panamanian descent in January 2000. The marriage obtained prior consent and had full support of the groom’s family. Being that there are very few royal families left in Europe, some people were not fans of bringing a non-royal into the elite class; however, other Royals welcomed the change. They have a son together, Prince Alfons Constantin Maria of Liechtenstein, born on May 18, 2001 and he is in line to the throne.
Prince Alfons was such an adorable little boy. He should be 15 years old now, but I couldn’t find any recent photos of him. This is the most current photo, a compilation of the Royal Families of Liechtenstein: