Amelia of Afalia
Amelia at a royal charity event in January 2016.
|Queen of the Afalians and the dominions of the Kingdom|
13 December 2013 – present|
(4 years, 7 months and 4 days)
|Coronation||20 June 2014|
|Heir apparent||George, Prince of Verena|
|Prime Ministers||See List|
1 December 1989|
|Spouse||Prince Frederick, Duke of Blartleo (m. 2013)|
George, Prince of Verena|
Lucia, Princess of Verena
|House||House of Blackdon|
|Father||Frederick, Prince of Verena|
|Religion||Church of Afalia|
Amelia (Amelia Natalie Sasha Blackdon; born 1 December 1989) is the Queen of the Afalians, the constitutional monarch of Afalia and three overseas dominions and territories. She is also supreme governor of the Church of Afalia and in some of her realms, carries the additional title of defender of the faith. Her official, full title is Her Majesty Queen Amelia, Queen of the Afalians, Ruueeoo oog Aaam Aafaliiaa, Queen of Ghiswall, Majesty of Bractonia, Queen of Insulam, Defender of the Faith, Protector of the People. She ascended to the Afalian throne on the 13th of December 2013 after the death of her grandfather King George, who had reigned as the first King of independent Afalia. She ascended at the age of 25 making her one of the youngest heads of state in the world.
Amelia's father, Prince Frederick, the only child of George and his wife Lucia, died in 1992 from lung cancer, leaving Amelia as the heir apparent to the throne from the age of three. Schooled from an early age to prepare her for the throne, Amelia studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Royal Blackdon University between the ages of 18 and 22. She began her official Royal duties when she was 14 years old and became the patron of the charity Kids With Cancer when she was 16. She continues to hold the position today, having personally donated millions of chands to the cause and raised millions through personal charity appeals. She has also worked with a number of other charities and serves as patron of many. Her numerous donations and statements of support to certain charity groups have attracted mostly support and praise.
She held the title of Princess of Verena-the official title of the Afalian heir apparent for twenty years and was officially proclaimed as the heir apparent on the day of her eighteenth birthday in 2007. In December 2012 Amelia began a relationship with Frédéric d'Antenfoy, a ducal Prince of Lyncanestria, who is part of the extended Lycnanestrian Imperial family. During the Titanican War Amelia was praised for her role in gathering donations for rebuilding efforts in Blackdon and rallying the country with various speeches. In June 2013 it was officially announced by Blackdonian Palace and the Imperial Palace in Lyncanestria, that Amelia and Frédéric had become engaged. The two were married on Saturday the 27th of July in St. Nicholas' Cathedral in Blackdon. The wedding drew crowds of over a million out onto the streets of Blackdon.
Following the Titanican War King George's health deteriorated because of the stress surrounding the conflict. He grew ill and died in his sleep on Friday the 13th of December 2013 after a reign of 61 years. He was buried after a Royal state funeral on the 1st of February 2014. Amelia became Queen immediately upon his death. She was crowned on Friday the 20th of June, a national bank holiday. On the 24th of June Amelia experienced her first significant event as monarch when Prime Minister Christopher Kelly was assassinated. Following his death the Queen asked Jessica Shaw to form a government, thus becoming Prime Minister.
In September 2014 the Blackdonian Palace announced that Amelia was pregnant with her first child. She gave birth to a baby boy in April 2015, named Prince George, who is first in line to the throne. In 2015 Amelia chaired an ecumenical peace council of the Church of Afalia and Catholic Church in Harling Island. In 2016 she joined Prime Minister Jessica Shaw and representatives from the Harling Independence Movement on Winlock Island for peace talks in the Harling Terrors crisis, assuming an important religious and political role despite the maintenance of her constitutional status. Because of this she was named as one of the three Steel Ladies in Afalia. In March 2017 the Blackdonian Palace announced that Amelia was pregnant with her second child and she gave birth to a baby girl named Princess Lucia in September 2017.
- 1 Early Life
- 2 Death of Prince Frederick
- 3 Heiress Apparent
- 4 Reign
- 5 Public Perception
- 6 Titles and Styles
- 7 Issue
- 8 Ancestry
Amelia was born in the medical wing of the Blackdonian Palace in Blackdon, Afalia at 05.18 GMT on the 1st of December 1989. She was the first child of heir apparent Prince Frederick of Verena and his wife Princess Natalie, formerly known as Natalie Agnew, the youngest daughter of the Anglo-Afalian former colonists family the Agnews. Her birth was announced via a royal proclamation outside the palace at midday on the 1st. Her father, Prince Frederick, was the only child of King George, Amelia's grandfather. Frederick met Amelia's mother Natalie in 1980 at the age of 20 when he was studying at Royal Blackdon University. The two had a relationship between 1981 and early 1983 before they broke up, briefly, for six months. They resumed the relationship in late 1983 and were married in June 1985. Amelia was born four years later. She was named Amelia after King George's mother, Natalie after her own mother and Sasha after her mother's great grandmother.
She was baptised into the Church of Afalia in March 1990 by the Archbishop of Cantwell with her grandfather King George acting as her godfather and her cousin Emily, Duchess of Granville as godmother. Amelia's only sibling, Laura, was born in January 1991. The two were raised at Leoton Palace in Pippinshire from 1991 when the palace was designated the official residence of Prince Frederick. The King and Queen Consort, according to the King's official autobiography, cherished their granddaughters and visited them regularly in Pippinshire when they were young.
Death of Prince Frederick
Amelia's father and heir to the throne Prince Frederick had smoked since he was seventeen. As a rebellious member of the Royal family in his early days he purposely adopted smoking, supposedly against his father's wishes. Although Frederick's rebellious nature ended when he was married in 1985 but he continued to smoke regularly, 'at least a pack a day', according to his father's autobiography throughout his life. In 1989 after the birth of Amelia Frederick was urged to 'quit the habit' by his wife. Frederick publicly spoke of 'fighting his habit' in early 1990 but reportedly started smoking again in the summer of 1990. After the birth of Laura in January 1991 Frederick began developing chest problems and was admitted to hospital in May 1991. Although the Blackdonian Palace attempted to keep the admittance to hospital secret the story soon found its way into the press.
In June 1991 royal physicians diagnosed Frederick with lung cancer and told the Prince he would most likely 'not survive for too much longer'. According to King George's autobiography there were extensive meetings between the cabinet and himself on whether Frederick's illness should be revealed. In the end however the decision was reached that revealing the illness was the best thing to do. On the 17th of June the Blackdonian Palace officially revealed Prince Frederick's cancer and that he was undergoing chemotherapy. Despite extensive treatment for seven months, in February 1992 doctors stopped treatment and accepted the fact that Frederick's cancer was inoperable. Looking considerably ill Frederick made his final public appearance in February attending a church service at St. Nicholas' Cathedral in Blackdon. He spent the last month of his life in Leoton Palace in Pippinshire amongst his family and died on the 3rd of March 1992.
Upon the death of Prince Frederick Amelia immediately become the heiress apparent to the Afalian throne. Although she was young Amelia reportedly wept for days after her father died, according to the King's autobiography. She did not appear in public for two months after the death. The cabinet officially confirmed Amelia as the heiress apparent and proclaimed her Princess of Verena on the 20th of March 1992.
With the death of Prince Frederick a public opinion crisis ensued with worries over the future of the monarchy. Amelia's young age, (three), and growing concerns about the mental health state of the King led to poor support for the monarchy. Some polls showed support for the institution as low as 27%. The prime minister Nicholas Christie, a keen supporter of the monarchy, asked the King and Amelia's mother Princess Natalie to organise a tour of Afalia for the young heir to drive up support. According to the King's autobiography Princess Natalie was seriously opposed to the idea, believing Amelia was far too young to undertake a Royal tour of the country, but at the urging of the prime minister Natalie accepted and drew up plans with Leoton Palace staff for a small public tour. The King, his wife Princess Lucia, Princess Natalie and Amelia toured Afalia in November and December 1992 as Amelia turned four. Public confidence in the monarchy was restored as a result and Amelia was described by various newspapers as 'the future of our country'.
Originally it was planned that Amelia would be home schooled. However in the wake of her father's death it was decided by her mother that Amelia should receive the most normal life she could so she began schooling at the Verena public school Clarington College at the age of five. Her sister Laura was also educated at Clarington College when she became five. To be closer to her children Princess Natalie moved to the Golden Palace in Verena which became Amelia's new official residence.
Amelia began her official Royal duties at the age of fourteen. She sponsored various charities with her personal Royal funds. At the age of sixteen she became the patron o the charity Kids With Cancer, which she became involved with at the age of eight. At the opening of a new Kids With Cancer hospice in Blackdon in 2005 Amelia spoke of a personal attachment to the charity because of her father's death, which was caused by cancer. To this day Amelia remains the patron of Kids With Cancer as well as various other charities, having personally donated millions and raised millions of chands through personal charity appeals and donations. During her time as heiress apparent Amelia worked with a number of other charities, both national and international, including Amnesty International, the Afalian Society for Protection of Animals, the Afalian Society for the Protection of Birds, the Afalian Society for the Protection of Children, CricDip-a charity based on getting kids with disabilities to play cricket, the Kerstow Trust, a charity which tries to prevent children from disadvantaged backgrounds getting involved in crime, and others. Her numerous donations and statements of support to certain charity groups attracted mostly support and praise, especially with the degree of independence Amelia was given by her mother in choosing which charities to work with. She completed her studies at Clarington College when she was 17 and moved to Blackdon to Hareshore House to begin preparations for her university studies and official proclamation as Princess of Verena.
As her father had done when he attended university Amelia studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at Royal Blackdon University in Blackdon. Although she was enrolled as a full time student Amelia's royal duties meant she often had to take time off from studying, so a special exemption was granted, meaning Amelia could complete her studies in four years rather than three as is the Afalian standard. She lived in university dormitories but usually visited the Blackdonian Palace, where her mother was now residing, at the weekends.
In her first few months at university in October 2007 Amelia's dormitory was broken into by a 19 year old undergraduate Keith Hawkins, who was studying medicine at the university. Hawkins broke into the dormitory at lunchtime on a Saturday and hid in a cupboard to wait for the Princess to return to her dormitory. In the evening a Royal guard discovered the door of Amelia's dormitory was slightly open and entered to investigate. He found Hawkins and immediately arrested him-Hawkins did not resist. As Amelia was visiting her mother and grandfather that weekend Royal security confirmed that she was in no danger of entering her room whilst Hawkins was still there, and that even if she had returned her room would have been searched before she entered. It was believed that Hawkins posed no risk to Amelia. At his trial he was charged with the offence of 'endangering the life of a member of the Royal family' and 'trespassing on Royal property' under the Treason Act. Hawkins said he had become infatuated with the Princess and wished to 'meet her in person'. Though he was assessed by doctors Hawkins was not diagnosed with any mental health problems. He was found guilty of both offences and sentenced to seven years imprisonment.
On the 1st of December 2007, the date of her eighteenth birthday Amelia travelled to the Golden Palace in Verena City, where she had previously resided, to take part in the official proclamation of her as Princess of Verena and heir to the throne. The event was well attended by thousands of members of the public. From the balcony of the Golden Palace Amelia read the 'heir's oath', pledging herself to the service of Afalia and the Afalian people:
With Almighty God as my witness and inspiration, with the history of my family as my guidance and with my sovereign as my aim, I pledge myself, fully and in all things, to the Kingdom of Afalia and to all of its people.
After Amelia had made the heir's oath the official Royal Proclaimer proclaimed Amelia as the heir to the throne in Regent's Square in central Verena City and posted letters of the news around Verena City and Blackdon. The letters were officially signed by all members of the Privy council and the King. Amelia and other members of the Royal family took part in public celebrations in Verena City, attending a Royal concert and mixing with members of the public. After her official proclamation Amelia undertook many more Royal duties, especially in connection with charities. She founded and funded the official Princess of Verena Trust a few days after the official proclamation, which became Amelia's own personal charity, focusing on aiding young people in all areas of life. She also continued her studies at Royal Blackdon University.
Her studies in 2008 were interrupted after a paparazzi cameraman managed to break into her dormitory, as Keith Hawkins had done in 2007. The cameraman Ned Scott was arrested by Royal guards, but serious questions were raised about the security of Amelia's dormitory after two breaches of security within a year. After an inquiry by senior officers of the Royal guards Amelia was moved from her university dormitory to a different private university owned dormitory in a tower block, whilst more guards and security checkpoints were established. Amelia resumed her studies in the autumn of 2008.
During her time at university Amelia had a number of relationships. She dated her fellow Philosophy, Politics and Economics undergraduate Martin Spalding between December 2008 and March 2009. Between November 2009 and March 2011 Amelia was in a relationship with the son of the governor of the Bank of Afalia, Harry Carlton. In autumn 2011 Amelia completed her degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and graduated with first class honours from Royal Blackdon University. She was chosen to make the 'undergraduate's passing out speech' and reflected on her life at university.
Post-University Life and Titanican War
After graduating from university Amelia began focusing more on her charity work. Until the end of 2011 Amelia worked extensively with the Princess of Verena's Trust and spearheaded the 'October Appeals', a series of personal appeals from members of the Royal family to donate to the charity to help with its work with the homeless. After extensive planning Amelia began a public tour of both Afalia and Ghiswall in 2011, visiting all major cities in both the countries. It was her first solo tour-she was accompanied only by staff and Royal guards.
Amelia met with government and officials, including the prime minister Christopher Kelly and first minister of Ghiswall, as well as meeting members of the public and visiting local restaurants, businesses and theatres. Amelia also took part in various so called 'question time' meetings where members of the public, but not press, were invited to ask Amelia questions about her life and work. The 2012 tour lasted for six months. The press considered a considerable success for the Royal family.
In July 2012 the King became quite suddenly ill and was rushed to hospital. Worries over the King's health placed Amelia in the spotlight once again and questions over whether she was ready for the throne were raised by the press and members of parliament. The King, who physicians later said had been suffering from a simple bladder infection, was released after a week in hospital and talk of Amelia's ascension and state of readiness for the throne calmed.
In 2013 the United Ditorates of Titanica declared war on Afalia. The Royal family was immediately evacuated to the Royal lodge in Jacobshire in the Afalian countryside. It was during a royal ball at the Blackdonian Palace in December that Prince Sael, a potential suitor for Amelia, had warned the government of Titanica's plan to attack. Although the King protested the decision to evacuate them the cabinet ordered them to do so. At the time Amelia and her mother Princess Natalie were on an official state visit to Lyncanestria as Amelia began a relationship with Prince Frédéric. After the war began they cut their visit short and returned on the 3rd of January, immediately being evacuated to the Royal lodge with the rest of the family. On the 4th of January, just a day after Amelia had been evacuated the Blitzen bomb was dropped killing 130,000 people in the capital Blackdon, with the Blackdonian Palace sustaining serious damage. Amelia later spoke of her relief that she and her family had been evacuated from Blackdon, although she said she felt she had betrayed those who couldn't evacuate as a result.
Whilst the war was ongoing the Royal family were allowed to return to Blackdon and the Blackdonian Palace in early February. Amelia, along with the rest of her family, rallied the country and took part in work to raise money for rebuilding-Amelia even took part in physical rebuilding work herself. Newspapers described her as an 'inspiring figure' during the war and praised her composure. After the war came to an end in March 2013 with the capture of Jack Lazin Amelia took the lead role in charity events surrounding rebuilding efforts as the King became ill in the wake of stress brought on from the war.
In December 2012 Amelia began searching for a husband and held a Royal ball at Blackdonian Palace where potential suitors from around the world attended. She had a brief relationship with Emperor Napoleon of Valyria in December 2012 but it ended soon after. After a number of second dates Amelia began a relationship with Frédéric d'Antenfoy, a Prince of Lyncanestria and cousin to the monarch of Lyncanestria, the Emperor Samuel.
She and her mother, Princess Natalie attended an official visit to Lyncanestria in January 2013 where Amelia met with Frédéric's parents and toured a number of locations and famous landmarks in Lyncanestria. Their tour was cut short by the Titanican war but Amelia and Frédéric continued their relationship, writing letters, hosting regular telephone calls and internet chats with each other. Amelia returned in March 2013 to Lyncanestria and Frédéric visited Afalia in April. In June 2013 it was officially announced by Blackdonian Palace and the Imperial Palace in Lyncanestria, that Amelia and Frédéric had become engaged.
The engagement was received by the Afalian public and press relatively positively. The King gave his official blessing to the couple in late May. The press reported the good standing of the Prince and public opinion polls held at the time suggested that over 70% of Afalians approved of the wedding. Some reacted negatively to the fact that Amelia was to marry a foreigner rather than an Afalian. The day of the wedding Frédéric changed his name to Frederick to be in keeping with the English spelling and was named Duke of Blartleo by the King. He also forfeited all of his rights of succession within Lyncanestria. He was given the full title of His Royal Highness Frederick, Prince of Verena, Duke of Blartleo, Earl of Kingwalk.
The two were married on Saturday the 27th of July in St. Nicholas' Cathedral in Blackdon by the Archbishop of Cantwell. The royal wedding attracted international attention and drew crowds of over a million people out onto the streets of Blackdon. There were over 2000 wedding guests including all members of the Afalian Royal family, the Lyncanestrian Imperial family, heads of government from both countries, representatives from the Afalian dominions-including the new dominions, as well as various heads of state and government including Afalia's ICE allies, their regional neighbours and notable people from Afalia and abroad.
Following the marriage Amelia and her new husband continued with charity work in the wake of post-war rebuilding and relief in Afalia. Amelia personally involved herself with the Afalian Relief Agency set up in the aftermath of the war with ICE sponsorship. She also visited the new Afalian dominions, Bractonia, Sankh-Lanport and Insulam and took part in a week of talks at her alma mater Royal Blackdon University on the future of the Afalian environment. During her keynote speech at the opening of the talks Amelia spoke of seeking a future for the Afalian environment where conservation was at the heart of Afalian society, whilst people could benefit from development.
In the aftermath of the Titanican War the King's health became increasingly poor. The King hosted a number of visits, such as that of the Itailian emperor which led to the signing of the Treaty of Glenshire and oversaw organisation of the royal wedding of Amelia and Frederick. However his health continued to deteriorate and he withdrew from a number of scheduled events over the course of the summer. During this period the press reported rumours that the prime minister had visited Amelia to warn her that she would soon become Queen. In September the King made what would be his final public appearance when he opened a monument to victims of the Titanican war.
King George I died in his sleep in the early hours of the 13th of December. Amelia was informed of the death of her grandfather by her mother at approximately eight o'clock and immediately became Queen. She was officially proclaimed as Her Majesty Queen Amelia, Queen of the Afalians, Her Other Realms and Territories, Defender of the Faith, Protector of the People at a ceremony in the Blackdonian Palace at nine o'clock on the evening of the 13th. That evening Amelia's belongings and her husband's belongings were moved to the Blackdonian Palace. At eight o'clock on the 14th of December the new monarch officially swore the 'sovereign's oath' in the Blackdonian Palace:
With Almighty God as my witness and inspiration, and bearing full thought to the history of my family and my former sovereign as my guidance, I pledge myself, fully and in all things, to the Kingdom of Afalia and to all of its people, as the Kingdom's most loyal sovereign, Her Majesty the Queen.
In her first act as monarch Amelia ordered five days of official mourning for the deceased King and gave her husband the new title of Prince of Afalia. Speaking on television on the morning of the 14th of December the prime minister said that 'the Queen's coronation will take place, as per her and her family's wishes, in the summer of 2014 after a period of mourning for His Majesty the King.' Amelia held her first meeting with her prime minister on Wednesday the 18th of December. Following the meeting the prime minister expressed his sorrow at the death of the King once more and said that he believed 'Amelia will make an excellent Queen who will unify and guide this country through the good and bad, just as her grandfather did.' On the 25th of December Amelia made her first Christmas broadcast as monarch, including separate recordings unique to each of her realms. On the 9th of January 2014, as per the custom started by her grandfather upon his accession in 1952, Amelia attended the weekly cabinet meeting. As per constitutional principle she will never attend another. On the 31st of January she attended and oversaw the Royal state funeral of her grandfather, King George, who was buried in the Royal plot of St. Nicholas cathedral. Amelia praised the former King's inspirational role and described him as a, 'hero and a saint.'
On the 27th of February Amelia hosted her first state visit as monarch, welcoming King William III of Regnum Albion who became the first Anglican monarch to address both Houses of parliament since independence in 1952. The two had tea and exchanged gifts at Blackdonian Palace and the Palace described the visit as 'extremely positive and warm.' On the 1st of March Amelia became the first Afalian monarch to have her own twitter account as part of a series of personal reforms aimed at connecting with citizens more closely. On the same day she hosted a visit by the Emmerian Secretary of State Alie Kouri who met with ministers to discuss a formal security relationship. On the 12th of March Blackdonian Palace announced the official date of Amelia's coronation as the 20th of June, a Friday later declared a bank holiday by the government. On the 23rd of March Amelia celebrated the 100th day of her reign in a special picnic in the gardens of the Blackdonian Palace attended by government figures, notable figures, charity leaders and the extended Royal family. As part of the celebrations the Blackdonian Palace announced a new Official Birthday for Amelia to take place on the 21st of June in 2014. On the 2nd of April Amelia made her first speech to the Traditional Aafaliiaan Rights Union, an annual royal tradition started by King George. In her speech Amelia praised the work of the union and its part in the advancement of Traditional Aafaliiaan rights.
On the 13th of April Amelia made her first overseas visit as head of state to Insulam, the largest Afalian overseas dominion. She began her trip in the Insulam capital of St. Matthew and made her way around the island visiting numerous locations, towns and cities.
Planning for Amelia's coronation began immediately after her grandfather's death. A date was chosen for June in the summer to increase the chances of good weather and allow a healthy period of mourning to take place. The actual date of the coronation, Friday the 20th of June, was announced in March 2014 and one month later was officially declared a bank holiday by the government. Ahead of the ceremony there was a substantial increase in Harling Freedom Army online chatter and many feared that an attack was being planned against the Queen or visiting dignitaries during or after the coronation. In response the Afalian Intelligence Service and police increased security around coronation sites.
The coronation went ahead, as planned, on Friday the 20th of June. Amelia was crowned Queen in St. Nicholas' Cathedral in central Blackdon at midday. Amelia made her way up the cathedral to the sounds of the Coronation anthem. She was handed the four symbols of her authority-the royal orb, the Traditional Aafaliiaan sceptre, the royal ring, of Highlands mined gold and an Afalian blue rose. The Archbishop of Cantwell Dr. Daniel Wentworth then placed the Allsyian Crown on Queen Amelia's head to complete the ceremony and officially make Amelia monarch of the Kingdom of Afalia. She swore the Coronation Oath and pledged to uphold the law, provide justice and mercy for the nation. Shouts of 'God Save The Queen' were then made throughout the cathedral and a 21 gun salute was carried out by soldiers of the Royal Guards regiment. Simultaneously outside on the cathedral steps the Traditional Aafaliiaan tribal chief leader Geelliioo Saantaa, the official Royal Tribal Chief, proclaimed Amelia the new 'Ruueeoo oog aam Aafaliiaa', or Queen of all Afalia and performed a traditional Aafaliiaan tribal dance.
The ceremony, broadcast on national and international television, saw 42 million people in Afalia alone watch at least part of the coronation. In Regnum Albion 3.4 million people watched the ceremony. Viewing figures abroad were also very high. 7,000 guests were in attendance at the coronation itself. Amelia's coronation gown was designed and commissioned by Wendy Reid and conatined both royal flora symbols and Traditional Aafaliiaan floral symbols, the official flora of Afalia-the blue rose, along with the overseas dominions official flora symbols.
Later that evening at the Blackdonian Palace almost 5,000 of the 7,000 guests joined the Queen and Prince Frederick in a party to celebrate her coronation.
A few days after her coronation Amelia was involved in the most dramatic moment of her reign thus far, following the assassination of Christopher Kelly. In the aftermath the Queen appointed Jessica Shaw a day earlier than planned as Prime Minister. Later that evening the Queen spoke of her bitter sadness at the death of Mr. Kelly and urged all Afalians to mourn him, but carry on. She also personally condemned the Harling Freedom Army and said they would not win. Subsequently her security levels were increased after fears that the HFA might make a personal attempt on her life.
On the 5th of September 2014 the Blackdonian Palace announced that Amelia was pregnant with her first child. Though no date was given it was thought she approximately 6 weeks pregnant when the announcement was made. Amelia confirmed in a press statement later that day that she would continue her public duties for the foreseeable future. Public opinion ratings for the monarchy improved in the wake of the announcement and the Queen's personal approval ratings spiked, as did those for Prince Frederick. The Prime Minister Jessica Shaw and other members of the government and opposition sent their wishes to the Queen, except for Martin Jones, leader of the Labour party, who whilst congratulating the Queen said he did not believe in the monarchy.
In her Christmas Day message the Queen spoke of her joy in the wake of her pregnancy and said she was looking forward to being a mother. In February 2015 the Blackdonian Palace released a statement revealing the suspected due date of the royal baby would be the 21st of April. Amelia continued to carry out public engagements into the late stages of pregnancy. According to a report from the Afalian Press Association the Queen and her 'baby bump' became the most photographed 'thing' in Afalia since 2000.
On the 21st of April, as expected, Amelia gave birth to a baby boy later named Prince George of Afalia in St. Thomas' Hospital, Blackdon. A day after giving birth the Queen and Prince Frederick appeared on the Blackdonian Palace balcony to show the baby and future King of Afalia to the public.
Harling Island Ecumenical Peace Council
In December 2015, a few months after the birth of her son, Amelia ceremonially opened and chaired an ecumenical peace council on Harling. The council was convened as part of the Prime Minister Jessica Shaw's plans to bring peace in Harling during the Terrors. The Prime Minister was the joint chairperson with the Queen. The appointment of Amelia as leader and chair of the council was controversial as it was seen by some as the Queen overstepping her constitutional boundaries. However the Blackdonian Palace dismissed this and said the Queen was there in the spirit of unity and a desire to bring peace to a conflict ridden part of Afalia. Amelia, the Supreme Governor of the Church of Afalia is technically head of the established Church and was, thus, seen as an important figurehead of Anglicans in Harling. Jessica Shaw, is a Catholic and was, thus, seen as a key bridge between the majority Catholic Harling and its relationship with the majority Anglican rest of Afalia.
Amelia's role in the peace council was mainly ceremonial but she did chair certain meetings, co-ordinating with the Archbishop of Kingwalk, the head of the Catholic Church in Afalia and the Archbishop of Cantwell, the actual, effective head of the Church of Afalia. Also present were a number of other protestant minority churches on the island of Harling and their respective leaders, including Mennonites, a large protestant minority on Harling behind the Catholic Church and Church of Afalia. The council released a number of joint statements between Catholics, Anglicans and other protestants during its time. In a historic moment Amelia linked arms with the Archbishop of Kingwalk and Archbishop of Cantwell as they all called for peace and a collective understanding between various denominations and religions in Harling. Amelia, in a statement towards the end of the council, called for all of Harling to work towards the real possibility of peace. She said, 'Afalia was created and forged in a spirit of tolerance, for all people, for all religions. While this belief may never be completely realised in every soul it is, I believe, the duty of all of us to work towards that ideal and make that ideal real in this world.' The end of the council in early 2016 coincided with a serious reduction in violence in Harling during the terrors. As a local organisation the Council continues its activities as of 2017.
Winlock Island Harling Terrors Peace Talks
In December 2016, approximately a year after the forming of the ecumenical peace council, Amelia took part, as head of state of Afalia, in the Winlock Island Harling Terrors Peace Talks. The Harling Independence Party, widely acknowledged as the political wing of the Harling Freedom Army, took part in negotiations with Jessica Shaw and other representatives of the Afalian government to find a negotiated end to the conflict. Amelia's role was, again, mainly ceremonial but she made a number of what were considered important speeches in support of the peace negotiations. A major focus of Amelia's work at the talks was highlighting the cost of the conflict on innocent civilians, particularly children and women. Her 'The Wrath of Hatred' speech in Winlock Island's town hall was widely applauded by all sides of the political debate, including the republican, nationalist Harling Independence Party who called the speech 'terribly convincing.' She also spoke widely of her own personal religious beliefs and how her Christianity had motivated her to realise the ideals of Christ in her personal good works. Amelia also spoke of the way her Christianity had impacted on her privileged status and upbringing, a highly unusual move from the monarch, which hinted at questions of class uniformly ignored by the Royal Family. 'It can be hard,' she said in her speech, 'to reconcile the words and life of the poor Christ with my own. Being born wealthy, being born in a position of privilege fantasy to most has motivated me, perhaps more than most, in the belief that I must give something back.'
Amelia's role in the negotiations and, in particular, her 'Wrath of Hatred' speech have led to her being called one of the three Steel Ladies in Afalia, alongside the Prime Minister Jessica Shaw and her fellow royal and cousin Princess Imogen of Granville. Her speech attracted a great deal of press attention with many commentators describing it as pro-feminist. In addition her views on class and religion were highly scrutinised. The end of the peace talks in February 2017, after the death of Gareth Curren, brought an end to the ten year plus conflict in Harling with the HFA agreeing to disarm and the Treaty of Winlock signed which set out a number of new proposals including equal opportunities for Catholics and Anglicans/other protestants on Harling and more powers for the legislative assembly in Harling. Amelia's role in the talks was widely praised, though some questioned if the part she played overstepped her constitutional boundaries.
On the 25th of March 2017 the Blackdonian Palace announced in a press release that Amelia was pregnant with her second child. The announcement came after weeks of speculation that Amelia and Frederick were expecting another child following an alleged leak from the Palace. Although the press release did not state any exact dates the Queen was believed to be approximately 12 or 13 weeks pregnant. A tentative due date of late August or early September was announced for the baby, which will become second in line to the throne when it's born regardless of its sex.
The news of the pregnancy sparked a fury of social media speculation about the future sex of the baby, names and rumours of twins. The Prime Minister, leader of the opposition and leaders of the Labour and Traditional Aafaliiaan parties all congratulated Amelia via twitter or in person. The Palace asked that reporters respected Amelia and Frederick's privacy during her pregnancy, 'as always.'
On the 23rd of September in the early hours the Queen and Prince Frederick were taken to St Thomas' hospital where the Queen gave birth to a baby girl. A royal proclamation subsequently announced the girl's name as Lucia, Princess of Verena. Princess Lucia was immediately declared second in line to the throne as Amelia's second child as per the rules of royal succession. On the 24th of September Amelia and Prince Frederick appeared on the Blackdonian Palace's balcony to present the new Princess to the gathered public.
Lucia's full name was subsequently announced as Lucia Emily Allora Laura, with Lucia named after Amelia's grandmother, Lucia Chanders, the Queen grandmother, Emily after Princess Emilie of Lyncanestria, Prince Frederick's mother, Allora after Allora of Ghant, Prince Frederick's grandmother and Laura after Laura Princess of Verena, Amelia's sister.
Amelia's public perception has progressed over time. Her birth attracted considerable press and media attention and upon her birth she was hailed by the press as the eventual 'first Queen of independent Afalia'. Following the death of her father a public opinion crisis saw support for the monarchy diminish. Amelia undertook a tour of Afalia in late 1992 to restore confidence in the monarchy and her public standing improved as the public viewed her as very mature and confident for her age. Many newspapers described her as 'the future of our country'. Her public standing continued to grow as she grew older and took on charity work. Her work during the Titanican War and her various Royal tours cemented public opinion in her favour. In an opinion poll held in May 2013 89% approved of Amelia and believed she would make a good Queen. In January 2014, a month after ascending to the throne 87% approved of Amelia and believed she was doing a good job as Queen. In January 2015 she had a similar 89% approval rating.
Following in the footsteps of her father Amelia has been open with the public and, to a lesser extent, with the press. This was shown during her royal tour of 2012 when a number of public question time meetings were hosted. Despite this as a member of the Royal family and constitutional monarch Amelia has refused to answer questions about her own political views and does not comment on political matters. Amelia has spoken of her 'deeply held Christian faith' and said that it is important to her in her day to day life. She has spoken of the immense help her faith gave her after the death of her father when she was young, and the help it continues to give her. She worships most Sundays, often in St. Nicholas' cathedral in Blackdon or the Blackdonian Palace's chapel.
Amelia has spoken on issues such as the environment, supported inter-faith relations and causes, campaigned to raise money for the homeless and spoken out against racism against Traditional Aafaliiaans. Her work with various charities caused her to develop an image as an activist and campaigner, though not in the political sense. At charity events and balls Amelia is often seen in designer dresses, creating an appearance of glamour. Her considerable popularity as a Princess and as Queen has led to the so-called 'Amelia Effect' with the dresses and styles she chooses often becoming immensely popular overnight. Outside of formal occasions however Amelia usually wears more casual clothes with solid colours to make her easily recognisable. She has been viewed as a relaxed member of the Royal family and appears at ease with members of the public. Amelia was described by one newspaper Royal commentator as 'utterly loyal to Afalia, the crown and her family and steadfast in her convictions.'
Since ascending to the throne the press and politicians alike have spoken of the beginning of a new 'Amelian' era or age, a period of hope, progress and achievement for Afalia following the Titanican war. Upon her accession one newspaper described her as 'our beautiful fairytale Queen'.
As per convention the Royal family does not comment on financial matters concerning them. In the past freedom of information requests for information on the Royal family's finances have been turned down because they failed to meet the criteria of 'being in the public interest'. Because of this the amount and size of Amelia's personal fortune has been subject to speculation. The Afalian newspaper The Chronicle, which advocates a policy of Afalian republicanism, carries out a biennial investigation into the finances and personal wealth of the Royal family. In its most recent survey in 2016 the Chronicle estimated the personal fortune of Amelia, as Queen of Afalia, to be around 79 million Chands, most of which had been inherited upon her accession to the throne.
The monarch only owns one Royal property and estate-that of the Golden Palace in Verena City, which was valued at 229 million Chands in 2010. All other Royal properties and residences, including the Blackdonian Palace, the Palace of Hope, Blartleo Castle, the Royal Lodge, Leoton Palace and Liooh House, are all held in trust and administered by the Crown Estate, meaning they are in affect publicly held. The Queen is not taxed in the same way as other citizens but does pay taxes. The Royal Tax, introduced by Patrick Collins Liberal government in 2002 on George I was carried over to Amelia when she became Queen, meaning she pays 23% tax on her yearly income, which is measured mainly in terms of royal property visits, especially the Golden Palace in Verena City. However, much of her personal fortune is not subject to the Royal Tax.
Titles and Styles
Amelia of Afalia
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Throughout Afalia and the overseas dominions Amelia holds various different titles. Whilst she is known as Queen of the Afalians in Afalia she is known as Queen of Ghiswall in Ghiswall, Queen of Insulam in Insulam and Queen of Bractonia in Bractonia. Royal etiquette calls for Amelia to be described as Her Majesty when first speaking about her and then afterwards as simply The Queen. When in direct conversation with the Queen the correct form of address is Your Majesty followed by Ma'am thereafter.
- 1 December 1989 – 3 March 1992 Her Royal Highness Princess Amelia of Verena, Duchess of Kilconn
- 3 March 1992 – 1 December 2007 Her Royal Highness Princess Amelia of Verena, Duchess of Kilconn, Duchess of Newport
- 1 December 2007 – 13 December 2013 Her Royal Highness Princess Amelia of Verena, Duchess of Kilconn, Duchess of Newport, Duchess of Verena
- 13 December 2013 – present Her Majesty The Queen
As Queen, Amelia is also given a longer official title, which maybe used for official occasions and foreign visits. Her official title as monarch is:
- By the grace of God, Her Majesty Queen Amelia, Queen of the Afalians, Ruueeoo oog aam Aafaliiaa, Queen of Ghiswall, Majesty of Bractonia, Queen of Insulam, Head of the Order of Council of State, Supreme Governor of the Church of Afalia, Duchess of Blackdon, Countess of Kingwalk, Duchess of Newport, Most Majestical Majesty of Verena City, Defender of the Faith, Protector of the People
Like her father and grandfather Amelia's ancestry can be traced back to King Davnd of Afalia, the pre-colonial Traditional Aafaliiaan king who united the country in 1712. Amelia's Traditional Aafaliiaan title of 'Queen of all Afalia' and her official popular, constitutional title of Queen of the Afalians derives from Davnd's own title. His rule, which lasted until 1757 with the claiming and colonisation of Afalia by Anglican settlers, is viewed as the first ancestor of the present monarch and Amelia's line can be traced back to Davnd. After settlers arrived and Afalia became a colony Davnd's rule was ended. However Davnd and his family remained notable figures, continuing to live in the capital of Blackdon. In 1797 a great granddaughter of Davnd, Looiita Eevngoo married the Anglo-Afalian Benjamin Lawrence, the son of a noted Anglo-Afalian family and descendant of an Anglican aristocracy. Rather than Eevngoo taking her new husband's name or Lawrence taking his wife's the couple took the new name of Blackdon, as it was the city they lived in.
This new family continued to be highly noted and became something of minor celebrities over the course of Anglican rule. When First Minister Oliver King was campaigning for independence he discovered George Blackdon, a young banker living in Blackdon, was the oldest descendant of the Blackdon family and asked him to become King should independence take place. After independence George's heritage and ancestry was confirmed and approved by parliament. Amelia bears lineage from, amongst others, Anglo-Afalian, Traditional Aafaliiaan, Anglican and Gallic ethnicities.
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