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Princess Angela of Liechtenstein (née Angela Gisela Brown; 3 February 1958) is the wife of Prince Maximilian of Liechtenstein. She is the first person of known African origin to marry a member of a reigning European dynasty, the marriage having been authorized by the monarch. Together, they have a biracial son, Prince Alfons (b. London, 18 May 2001)

Princess Angela was born in Bocas del Toro, Panama, as Angela Gisela Brown, the daughter of Javier Francisco Brown and Silvia Maritza Burke. She is of Afro-Panamanian descent and is a fashion designer.

Princess Angela is a graduate of Parsons School for Design
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 Brown. On 29 January 2000, at 11:00 am, she married Prince Maximilian at the Church of St. Vincent Ferrer in New York City. 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. 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.

Since her marriage, Princess Angela participates, sometimes with her son, in ceremonial events in the Principality

 

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