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Princess Angela of Liechtenstein

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Princess Angela
Born Angela Gisela Brown
3 February 1958 (age 60)
Bocas del Toro, Panama
Spouse Prince Maximilian of Liechtenstein (m. 2000)
Issue Prince Alfons
Father Javier Francisco Brown
Mother Silvia Maritza Burke
Religion Roman Catholic
Princely family of Liechtenstein
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Princess Angela of Liechtenstein
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Reference style Her Serene Highness
Spoken style Your Serene Highness
Alternative style Ma'am

Princess Angela of Liechtenstein (née Angela Gisela Brown; 3 February 1958) is the wife of Prince Maximilian of Liechtenstein.[1] She is the first person of known African descent to marry into a reigning European dynasty,[2] the marriage having been authorized by the monarch. Together, they have a biracial son, Prince Alfons (b. London, 18 May 2001), who is in the line of succession to the Liechtensteiner throne.[2]

 

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Early life and education

Princess Angela was born in Bocas del Toro, Panama, as Angela Gisela Brown, the daughter of Javier Francisco Brown and Silvia Maritza Burke.[1]

After finishing high school in New York, Angela studied fashion at Parsons School of Design, where she graduated and received the Oscar de la Renta award . She was a stylist for three years and had her own brand, named "A. Brown", having set up a company with partners in Hong Kong. The princess worked for Adrienne Vittadini until September 1999.

Personal life

Marriage

In 1999 the Principality of Liechtenstein's Information Bureau announced the forthcoming nuptials of the second son of the reigning prince, Hans Adam II, Prince Maximilian, to Angela Gisela Brown.[3] On 29 January 2000, at 11:00 am, she married Prince Maximilian at the Church of St. Vincent Ferrer in New York City.[1] The marriage was groundbreaking, bringing a person of Afro-Panamanian ancestry into one of the few still reigning families in Europe by a marriage which obtained the prior consent and full support of the groom's sovereign and father, who also attended the wedding.[2][3] While some members of the dynasty were said to be shocked and to consider the interracial marriage "the end of an era", others were said to have expressed support.[3]

Since her marriage, Princess Angela participates, sometimes with her son, in ceremonial events in the Principality.[3]

Prince Maximilian and Princess Angela have one child:

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