Philippa of Hainault, 1335
Philippa was born in 1314, the daughter of Count William I and Countess Joan of Hainault, in modern-day Belgium. Her precise racial heritage is unknown, but it has been suggested that she had Moorish ancestry. According to a description given by a contemporary, “Her eyes are blackish brown and deep. Her nose is fairly smooth and even, save that it is somewhat broad at the tip and flattened…Her nostrils are also broad, her mouth fairly wide…Moreover, she is brown of skin all over…” In 1330, Philippa married King Edward III of England, where she ruled for 39 years as a much beloved queen.