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Almost three weeks have passed since Queen Elizabeth II passed away at Balmoral Castle in Scotland at the age of 96. She ascended to the throne in 1952 and set a new record for longevity in the position, reigning for 70 years.
The Queen met a wide variety of people from all walks of life and all corners of the globe during this period. Take a look at these five black women who have met Queen Elizabeth.
1. Michelle Obama.
Spending time with The Queen is a highlight of her life. Also, she humiliated Queen Elizabeth II by violating 'royal protocol' while in her presence, which was one of the highlights of her time spent in the presence of the former monarch. Okay, let me fill you in on some backstory.
A little more than a year after Barack Obama took office as president, Michelle Obama met Queen Elizabeth for the first time in 2009. The G20 meeting was held in London, and both the former president and first lady attended.
They were treated to a royal reception at Buckingham Palace, which included a tour, lunch, and meetings with several members of the Royal Family. Returning to Michelle's embrace with the Queen now.
In her memoir, "Becoming," former first lady Michelle Obama explains that she did not realize she was violating "Royal Protocol" by putting her arm around Queen Elizabeth II.
She said it started with a joke about how painful high heels are after long hours spent standing in them at state dinners and conferences with other world leaders.
Affectionate and well-captured, in Michelle's eyes. You may say that I did the humane thing even if I hadn't done the right thing.
During Obama's eight years in office, the former first couple visited with the Queen at least three more times: in 2011, 2012, and 2016.
2. Serena Williams
The attendance of the British royal family is regarded as one of the most cherished traditions of the Wimbledon Championships. When the MRF shows there, they sit in a special box in the middle of the court called the Royal Box.
In 2010, Queen Elizabeth II attended and visited some players at the tournament, including Serena Williams, the now-retired or-evolving 23-time winner of the women's singles event of the Grand Slam of Tennis.
Why did she appear so concerned? The curtsy she gave us. She told the reporters that she had rehearsed it that morning before seeing the king or queen.
#3: Graca Machel
Even the British Royal Family has heard of Graca before. She had the opportunity to meet the monarch, and while much attention has been paid to the bond between her husband and the monarch, she was also able to shake her hand.
In 2008, they met at Buckingham Palace during Nelson Mandela's week-long trip to London to celebrate his 90th birthday.
She has had more encounters with the monarch than that one. Because of her dedication to helping others, Queen Elizabeth II awarded her the title of "Honorary Dame" of the British Empire in 1997.
4. Mama Ngina Kenyatta
OK. The former First Lady of Kenya, Mama Ngina Kenyatta, met Her Majesty The Queen in 1972, and while we can't say much more than that, we do have this picture to prove it.
5. Grace Mugabe
In 1991, during Queen Elizabeth II's visit to Zimbabwe, the country's then-current leader, the late President Robert Mugabe, hosted her. There was a friendly relationship between Britain and Zimbabwe at the time, and that's why the former statesman visited the capital city eight years later. Grace Mugabe, his wife, met the Queen on the formal trip.
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