reply to post by Freedom ERP
Succession to the British Thrown is governed by both common law and statute. Under common law, the crown is passed on by the male of the line, only
the males children are preffered over his or her female children, and the older child is preferred over a younger child of the same child. Succession
in the United Kindown is also governed by the Act of Union, 1800, which restates the provisions of the Act of Settlement 1701, and the Bill of Rights,
1689. The laws stipulate that those who are not legitmate decendants of Sophia, electress of Hanover, and those who have ever been Roman Catholics,
or who have married Roman Catholics, however, may still be eligible to succeed. The succession was also regulated by His Majesty's Declaration of
Abdication Act 1963, which excluded the abdicated king and his descendants, if any, from the thrown. Under the arrangements by which the Monarchy is
shared by the 16 realms of the Commonwealth, the British line of succession is separated from, but symmetrical to, the lines of succession in the 15
other Realms, unless that Realm's constitution specifically defers.
The Royal Marriages Act 1772, provides that those in the line of succession may not marry without the Sovereigns consent, and it could be voided if it
is disapproved of by both houses of Parliament.
The Act of Settlement further stipulates: The precise meaning of the aforementioned clauses is subject to contention. Under one interpretation, the
religion of an individual at the precise moment of succession is relevant. Under another interpretation, anyone who has been a Roman Catholic at any
time since 1689 ("then … or afterwards") is forever ineligible to succeed. The former interpretation allows a Roman Catholic to convert to
Protestantism and succeed to the Throne just before his predecessor dies; the latter does not. In either case, however, other religions are not
affected; it is clear that any non-Catholic may convert to Protestantism and succeed to the Throne.
Furthermore, all of the kings and queens of Great Britan, also serves as head of its church, and thus it would not be viewed favorably for someone who
is Roman Catholic were to be sitting onthe throne.
Any changes to the laws of Succession, would cause further problems, as it would lead into questions as to who should technically Succeede after Queen
Elizabeth II were to die, does it go to the oldest child, if that is so, then the line would change immediately, where HRH the Princess Royal (Anne)
being placed in 4th for the line, rather than 10th, followed by her son and daughter, and overtaking the place of Princes Andrew and Edward and their
So this gets to be complicated, as there are laws and traditions that are present.