While the macronational circle of monarchs is relatively small, there are a plethora of royal micronations in the world. Emperors and Queens, Grand Dukes and Princesses are strewn across the continents. And there are many reasons for it. At its core, sovereign power flows from a single person. This is especially important in the early stages of most micronations (as, historically, holds true for most macronations.) This ensures some form of stability as a nation continues to develop in terms of citizenship. There’s also the notion of continuation: upon one king or queen’s death, it is expected the heir-apparent would carry on the vision of the micronation. Today’s examples include the principalities of Sealand, Hutt River, and Seborga. And, of course, who doesn’t love to be seen bedecked in medals, sashses and tiaras?!?
La Princesse Régnant de Legialle
Marie-Adélina I (born 17 May 1986) is the present Princess Regnant of Legialle, ruling since the foundation of the micronation on 13 September 2017.
Princess Marie-Adélina was born in San Diego, California, in the United States. Her father, Mark Anthony, was born in Illinois but raised an orphan at a young age. Her mother, Dominique, was born in Africa to Haitian parents. Her parents would later move back to New York State, where she grew up and went to school. Her Serene Highness holds a Bachelor's in History and a Master's in World History from the College at Brockport (NY), where she specialized in Early Modern European & Public History. She also holds two Master's Certificates in Nonprofit and Arts Administration.
head of THE NATION
The Reigning Princess of Legialle is de jure head of state & government and holds office for life. As chief of state, Princess Marie-Adélina plays a ceremonial and symbolic role in the nation. She is first and foremost the representative of the micronation, and speaks on behalf of all Legiallois citizens both domestically and international. She is the living embodiment of the community’s culture and history. On occasion, she receives and accredits all representatives to or from the Princely Court, and may engage in informal and royal (official) visits.
As Sovereign, she has a significant role in the legislative process. The Princess must co-sign every law before becoming valid. Marie-Adélina is chair of the Crown Council of Legialle, a formal body of appointed advisers, who consult the monarch on various aspects of policy. The Council serves a dual role as both a privy council and the executive cabinet government. All serve at the pleasure of Her Serene Highness.
titles and styles
13 September 2017 - Present: Her Serene Highness Marie-Adélina I, Princess Regnant of Legialle
The Princess’s style and title in full: The Most High, Most Glorious and Most August Lady, Marie-Adélina the First, Reigning Princess of Legialle, Grand Master of the Legiallois Orders of Chivalry & Sovereign of the House de la Ferrière.
In addition, Her Highness may receive honorific titles and inductions into foreign orders. This is gifted as demonstration of inter-micronational diplomacy and commitment to various causes and contributions:
Duchess of Fonte Regina (Decracy of Vilthia)
Knight Grand Cross, Order of Merit of the Vilthian Cross (Decracy of Vilthia)
A trans artist, educator and activist, The Princess began her male-to-female (MtF) transitioning in January 2017. She is well-regarded in the local LGBTQ community for her intellect, wit, creativity, and determination. Starting out on the local drag scene in 2014, Marie-Adélina began coordinating special events and brunches that appealed to a wider audience. As a Creative Arts Advocate, her previous experiences also includes curating small-scale exhibitions at the Rochester Museum & Science Center and the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester.
Princess Marie-Adélina is presently unmarried and has no children. Her interests includes art & culture and history. She has also been a vocal supporter of LGBTQ rights in Legialle and abroad.