Princess Angela of Liechtenstein

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Princess Angela
BornAngela Gisela Brown
(1958-02-03) 3 February 1958 (age 61)
Bocas del Toro, Panama
Spouse
IssuePrince Alfons of Liechtenstein
HouseLiechtenstein
FatherJavier Francisco Brown
MotherSilvia Maritza Burke
ReligionRoman Catholic
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 fashion designer and the wife of Prince Maximilian of Liechtenstein.[1] She was born in Bocas del Toro, Panama, and is one of two women of African descent to marry into a reigning European dynasty, the other being Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.[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 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 created her own fashion label, named "A. Brown", having set up a company with partners in New York.[citation needed] The princess eventually worked as the Creative Director for the fashion brand, Adrienne Vittadini until September 1999.[citation needed]

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.[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:

  • Prince Alfons Constantin Maria of Liechtenstein (b. London, 18 May 2001).[2]

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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. ^ 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.

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