Princess Angela of Liechtenstein

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Princess Angela
BornAngela Gisela Brown
(1958-02-03) 3 February 1958 (age 63)
Bocas del Toro, Panama
Spouse
IssuePrince Alfons of Liechtenstein
HouseLiechtenstein (by marriage)
FatherJavier Francisco Brown
MotherSilvia Maritza Burke
Styles of
Princess Angela of Liechtenstein
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Reference styleHer Serene Highness
Spoken styleYour Serene Highness

Princess Angela of Liechtenstein (née Angela Gisela Brown; 3 February 1958) is a Panamanian-American fashion designer and the wife of Prince Maximilian of Liechtenstein.[1] She was born in Bocas del Toro, Panama, and was the first woman of primarily African descent to marry into a reigning European dynasty.[2] Her marriage to the prince had been authorised by his father, the reigning monarch of Liechtenstein. Together, they have a son, Prince Alfons (b. London, 18 May 2001), who is in the line of succession to the Liechtensteiner throne.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Princess Angela was born in Bocas del Toro, Panama, as Angela Gisela Brown, the daughter of businessman Javier Francisco Brown and Silvia Maritza Burke, a homemaker.[1] The family moved to New York City when Angela was five years old.[3]

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 Gold Thimble Award[4] for fashion design. She was a stylist for three years and created her own fashion label, named "A. Brown"[4] before becoming Creative Director for the fashion brand Adrienne Vittadini, a position she held until September 1999.[4]

Marriage[edit]

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.[5] On 29 January 2000, at 11:00 am, she married Prince Maximilian at the Church of St. Vincent Ferrer in New York City,[1] wearing a dress that she designed herself.[6]

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][5] 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.[5]

Prince Maximilian and Princess Angela have a son, Prince Alfons Constantin Maria of Liechtenstein (b. London, 18 May 2001).[2] Since her marriage, Princess Angela participates, sometimes with her son, in ceremonial events in the principality.[5]

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References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels, Fürstliche Häuser XVI. "Liechtenstein". C.A. Starke Verlag, 2001, pp. 52-54. ISBN 3-7980-0824-8.
  2. ^ a b c d de Badts de Cugnac, Chantal. Coutant de Saisseval, Guy. Le Petit Gotha. Nouvelle Imprimerie Laballery, Paris 2002, pp. 632-634, 654-655 (French) ISBN 2-9507974-3-1
  3. ^ Fikes, Robert. "Princess Angela of Liechtenstein (née Angela Gisela Brown, 1958- )". Retrieved 2021-02-05.
  4. ^ a b c Tregaskes, Chandler (12 June 2020). "Royally stylish: The Princess of Liechtenstein whose wedding might have inspired the Duchess of Sussex". Tatler. Retrieved 3 September 2020.
  5. ^ a b c d Beeche, Arturo (2009). The Gotha: Still a Continental Royal Family, Volume 1. US: Eurohistory. pp. 38, 41, 43 50.14, 244. ISBN 978-0-977-19617-3.
  6. ^ Tregaskes, Chandler. "Royally stylish: The Princess of Liechtenstein whose wedding dress might have inspired the Duchess of Sussex". Tatler. Retrieved 2021-02-05.

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