Princess Angela of Liechtenstein became the very first person of African heritage who married into the ruling family of Europe in January 2000. This marriage was considered a breakthrough in Liechtenstein.
Even though some members of the royal family made negative remarks regarding the union, many of them still expressed their genuine happiness for the couple and didn’t show any prejudice to the new princess who joined their ranks.
Princess Angela was born to an ordinary family in Panama. As a budding young designer who has a penchant for styling, she attended the Parsons Design School located in New York to study fashion. The princess was exemplary during her studies and even brought home the Oscar de la Renta award during her graduation because of her outstanding work.
After graduating, Angela worked for three years as a successful stylist before launching A. Brown, her label, in New York together with investment partners. She also worked as the Creative Director at Adrienne Vittadini, which is a small American label that has a flagship based in Beverly Hills back then. While she was busy running A. Brown, Angela met Prince Maximilian of Liechtenstein who is now her husband.
Prince Maximilian is the second son of Hans-Adam II, the present reining Prince of Liechtenstein. Since Prince Maximilian will not be inheriting the throne, the marriage of the couple allowed them to live a life that is relatively normal for royals like them.
Prince Maximilian studied business and he is the current Chief Executive Officer of LGT Group, private banking, and asset management group. The enterprise that started during the 1920s has played a role in making Liechtenstein one of the wealthiest monarchies in Europe despite being a small state.
Prince Maximilian and Princess Angela have one son together, born in 2001, named Prince Alfons. Prince Alfons is currently sixth in line to Liechtenstein’s throne. Aside from being married to Prince Maximilian and her background in the world of design, there is very little known about the princess because the family wants to avoid the public eye whenever possible.
The princess is a part of the latest generation of monarchies in Europe. With Europe getting more and more globalized as people move and relocate to the continent coming from different corners of the globe, it is actually refreshing to witness that the old dynasties are also starting to keep up with the changes.
While it was not possible for a royal prince in the past to marry someone aside from a princess who comes from another European family, it seems that it is now starting to become the new norm for the royals to marry the one they love, regardless of family, color, or race.
There are already several royal couples who have veered away from the customs. There is Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg who tied the knot with his bride Maria Theresa from Cuba. There is also Prince Haakon of Norway who married a former waitress and single mother Mette-Marit. Thus, it is safe to say that after many centuries of stale protocol, Europe’s royals are now starting to modernize.