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Queen’s gransdon risks line of succession by marrying Catholic August 4, 2007

Posted by daveintexas in Current Events, History.

Not something you hear every day, and granted, he’s got a few people in front of him, but according to the 1701 Act of Settlement, the monarch is barred from becoming or marrying Catholics.

Peter Phillips’ Canadian fiance Autumn Kelly was baptised as a Catholic in Quebec in 1978.

Not surprising given England’s history of politico-religious turmoil.  The monarch is technically the head of the Church of England.

The Guardian newspaper speculates that the law would be changed if necessary.  There is some recent precedent, in 1978 (odd coindidence that) Prince Michael of Kent, a cousin of Queen Elizabeth and grandson of King George V lost his place in succession (15th) when he married Baroness Marie-Christine von Reibnitz, a Catholic.

Lotta nonsense if you ask me.  It’s not like she’s Lutheran or anything.



1. nicedeb - August 4, 2007

Hmmm, remember the Duke of Windsor? He was the Prince of Wales (first in the succession), but he gave it all up to marry Wallis Simpson in the 1940’s.

But as long as he doesn’t change his religion, I don’t know why it should matter if he marries a Catholic.

Anyway, he’s not that close to the thrown, anyway, is he?

2. S. Weasel - August 5, 2007

He was not only Prince of Wales, he was king. For…less than a year, I think. Long enough for coins with his head on them to be designed but not minted. His younger brother, who became George VI, was a shy man with a stutter who desperately didn’t want to be king. When he got the call that his brother had abdicated, he cried.

The Catholic thing still fizzes under the surface in Britain. I bet they wouldn’t change the law.

3. daveintexas - August 5, 2007

Really (on the King thing)? I had no idea..

If you want to understand the Protestant/Catholic divide in the world, look to Britain.

Those assholes made it sport. The rest of us pretty much get along.

4. S. Weasel - August 5, 2007

Oh, yah. Wallis Simpson was an American and a divorceé. Both those things were problems for the wife of a British king. She was also, however, a bit of a slut. More than a bit of a slut. Okay, a very dirty girl indeed. And that was the real problem.

It makes their poignant love story…well, a real enigma.

5. PattyAnn - August 6, 2007



6. kevlarchick - August 6, 2007

True Dave. In Northern Ireland, Catholics and Protestants kill each other.

Over here in the States, we happily drink together, which leads to other unfortunate events like weddings and babies being born.

7. Dave in Texas - August 6, 2007

One of my favorite books about “the Troubles” in N. Ireland was Trinity, by Leon Uris. One of those fictional narratives that was jammed full of history… pretty good read.

I can understand why they don’t get along so well.

hmmm.. how many other Uris books have I read? Exodus, and Armageddon (about the Berlin airlift). Good reads.

8. Dave - August 6, 2007

The Church of England is getting close to disestablishment. But that notwithstanding, I wouldn’t be surprised if the law concerning spouses of those in the Succession is changed fairly soon, particularly if there is a high-profile reason to do so. Whether Peter Phillips’ situation is high profile enough, I don’t know. There are sixth (soon to be seven) unmarried people ahead of him in the line.

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