Oh, I just worked it out. I quote you,"Legitimate Freemasonry"...
By "legitimate Freemasonry", I refer to orthodox Freemasonry. All legitimate Masonic Lodges fall under the following catagories:
1. They must exist under the Jurisdiction of, and be chartered by, a Grand Lodge which is recognized by other legitimate Grand Lodges.
2. By the succession of their Charter, they must be able to be traced historically to the first Masonic Grand Lodge, founded in London in the year
3. They must admit only men.
4. They must require of all applicants for membership a belief in the existence of Deity.
Over the course of many years, a large variety of organizations have popped up calling themselves "Masonic." Among such groups are several that
admit both men and women, as well as women only.
Although they consider their organizations to be "Masonic", and even call themselves "Masons", they are not members of our Fraternity, and they
are not allowed to attend legitimate Masonic meetings. These groups are technically referred to as "clandestine" or "irregular" in orthodox
Freemasonry. In order for anyone to be admitted into a Lodge, he must produce a valid dues-current membership card confirming he is a member of a
regular, or legitimate, Lodge.
The Queen of England has never claimed to be a "Mason", or a member of any auxiliary Masonic organization, nor is there any evidence that she is a
member of any such group.
She is, however, eligible to join a Masonic auxiliary for women should she wish to, since she has male relatives who are regular Masons.
[Edited on 3-4-2004 by Masonic Light]