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  Royal Marriages Act 1772 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Acts of Parliament of the Kingdom of England to 1659
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en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Royal_Marriages_Act_1772   (1060 words)

Members of the Royal Family are also subject to the provisions of the Royal Marriages Act 1772, as well as the Act of Settlement 1701 and other measures which regulate the succession to the Throne.
The Royal Titles Act 1953 first introduced a New Zealand royal title for use by the Queen, and the Royal Titles Act 1974 altering the style borne by HM The Queen in New Zealand.
The use of the style 'royal' in the name of an organisation, or the use of the royal arms and emblems, may be granted by the Queen, though again only on ministerial advice.
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 The Royal Marriages Act, 1772
In 1772, the ministry of Lord North put the Royal Marriages Act through parliament, despite a great deal of opposition, especially from Charles James Fox who said that even members of the royal familyshould be able to marry whomsoever they wished.
The Act was attacked by Chatham and Fox as extending royal powers to tyrannical levels; it passed into law easily which is indicative of the authority which Lord North had in parliament.
she was a Catholic and the marriage of the heir to the thone to a Catholic was prohibited by the 1701 Act of Settlement
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 Sophia of Hanover
The Act of Settlement restricts the throne to the "Protestant heirs" of Sophia of Hanover.
The Royal Marriages Act of 1772 also provides that, with certain exceptions, they must apply for permission from the British monarch for any marriage they make.
Before her marriage, Sophia, as the daughter of Frederick V, Elector Palatine of the Rhine, was referred to as Sophie, Princess Palatine of the Rhine, or as Sophia of the Palatinate.
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 The Way
The marriage of the Prince of Wales to Camilla Parker Bowles was illegal, according to government advice given at the time of his divorce from Diana, Princess of Wales.
Under the heading “Remarriage”, the position is clear: “Members of the Royal Family are excepted from the provisions of the Marriage Act 1949, and their marriages in England and Wales must therefore be performed by Anglican clergy under either a Special or a Common Licence.
She was exempt from the Royal Marriages Act 1772 which requires members of the Royal Family to have the monarch’s permission to wed.
www.theway.co.uk /news/shownews.php?news_id=1934   (1120 words)

 Royal Marriage: 24 Feb 2005: Written Ministerial Statements (TheyWorkForYou.com)
The Marriage Act 1949 re-enacted and re-stated the law on marriage in England and Wales.
The interpretation of any Act of Parliament, even when it consolidates previous legislation, must be based on the words used in the Act itself, not different words used in the previous legislation.
We also note that the Human Rights Act has since 2000 required legislation to be interpreted wherever possible in a way that is compatible with the right to marry (Article 12) and with the right to enjoy that right without discrimination (Article 14).
www.theyworkforyou.com /wms/?id=2005-02-24a.87.0   (509 words)

 Telegraph | News
Legal advice given half a century ago that a member of the Royal Family could be married only by a clergyman in England and Wales was published yesterday by the Government, barely a week before the Prince of Wales is due to marry Camilla Parker Bowles in a civil ceremony.
Lord Kilmuir wrote: "Marriages of members of the royal family are still not in the same position as marriages of other persons, for such marriages have always been expressly excluded from the statutes about marriage in England and Wales and marriage abroad and are therefore governed by the common law.
But he was "not quite sure whether it is correct to say that exclusion from the Marriage Act 1949 means that marriage in England must be celebrated by a clergyman of the Church of England.
www.telegraph.co.uk /news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/03/30/nwedd30.xml   (400 words)

 Royal Insight > October 2003 > Mailbox > Page 1
Royal marriages in Britain are regulated by two statutes: the Act of Settlement (1701), and the Royal Marriages Act (1772).
The Royal Marriages Act provides that the marriage of any lineal descendant of George II is invalid unless Royal consent has first been obtained.
However, if the Sovereign does not give consent, a member of the Royal Family may, at the age of 25, signify to the Privy Council his or her intention to marry without the consent of the Sovereign.
www.royal.gov.uk /OutPut/Page2678.asp   (561 words)

 Department for Constitutional Affairs - Speeches - Parliamentary Statements
In the light of recent interest in the law surrounding Royal marriages, I am making this statement to set out in more detail the view that has been taken by the Government on the lawfulness of the proposed marriage between the Prince of Wales and Mrs Parker Bowles.
But the provisions on civil marriage in the 1836 Act were repealed by the Marriage Act 1949.
The change of wording is important, and the significance is not undermined by the fact that the 1949 Act is described as a consolidation Act.
www.dca.gov.uk /pubs/statements/royalmarriage.htm   (510 words)

 The Muse of the Monarchy
As the Act itself reveals in its opening lines ‘royal concern for the future welfare of your people, and the honour and dignity of your crown’*, drove George III to take it upon himself to introduce of the Royal Marriage Act.
This caused the marriage of the then Prince of Wales, George IV, and his Catholic wife, the twice widowed, Maria FitzHerbert to be kept in complete secrecy.
In a second act of gallantry, Ernest allowed the divorce to be pursued on the grounds of his own infidelity with Wallis’ lifelong friend, Mary Kirk Raffray.
www.etoile.co.uk /Muse/010302.html   (1415 words)

 Wikinfo | George IV of the United Kingdom   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
He had married a widow, Maria Anne Fitzherbert (1756-1837) in December 1785, but the union was considered invalid under the Royal Marriages Act 1772 because it had not been approved by the King and Privy Council.
Despite several periods of estrangement, the prince remained attached to Mrs Fitzherbert and rebuilt the Royal Pavilion for her in Brighton.
He had acted conservatively as Regent and with some achievement as a patron of the arts but by the time of his coronation he was seriously overweight and possibly addicted to laudanum as well as showing some signs of the illness that had affected his father.
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 Press Office   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The specific prohibition in the Act of Settlement of 1701 on the Monarch or heir marrying a Catholic is an outdated piece of religious bigotry.
The Act requires descendants of George II, except for princesses marrying into a foreign family, to ask the Monarch’s permission for their marriage to be valid.
The Royals are quite clear that they can not enter into any public discussion of this topic, and that they must leave this, as with all other areas of public controversy, for Parliament to decide.
www.fabian-society.org.uk /press_office/news_latest_all.asp?pressid=395   (980 words)

 The Royal Scribe
The Lord Chancellor, Lord Kilmuir, was among those who believed that the Royal Marriages Act of 1772, which prohibited any descendant of George II to marry under the age of 25 without the monarch's permission, was outdated and an embarrassment that should be repealed.
Despite being heavily censored, the file reveals that the Queen was at least prepared to reform the act to apply only to her children, grandchildren and those of the heir presumptive, which would leave Margaret free to marry without seeking the Queen’s consent.
On the other side of history, we know that the queen did not repeal or even amend the Royal Marriages Act when she was asked to consider it in 1955, a decision that has greatly affected the course of her own son’s life since the day he met his true love, Camilla Parker Bowles.
www.etoile.co.uk /Columns/RoyalScribe/040412.html   (1167 words)

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I told him that I did not think that a particular marriage was one that would receive the approbation of the country.
The compromise was that the king should marry; that parliament should pass an act enabling the lady to be the king's wife without the position of queen.
The Royal Marriages Act, 1772, shall not apply to his majesty after his abdication nor to the issue, if any, of his majesty or the descendants of that issue....
www.constitution.org /sech/sech_142.txt   (2418 words)

Hugo Vickers is a royal historian and biographer.
But the Queen must continue to open parliament each year, in state, because it acts as a reminder that she is one of the three essential elements of the constitution and it is the only time these three elements are gathered together in this way.
Her most important role at the state opening is to give her blessing to the deliberations of both houses of parliament and then to leave them to get on with business.
www.hellomagazine.com /magazine/2003/07/22/hellocomment775-2   (644 words)

 The Royal Pavilion Brighton UK for visitors and learners of English   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
True to her Catholic faith, Maria made marriage a condition of a relationship with the Prince and on 15th December 1785, they were secretly married at Maria's home in Park Street London by the Reverend Robert Burke, who had been given a £500 bribe by the Prince.
The marriage was illegal in the eyes of the Prince's father King George III and the English Parliament.
After the Duke of Cumberland's "unapproved marriage" in 1771, Parliament had swiftly passed the Royal Marriages Act of 1772 to prevent marriages to Catholics or people who had been married before.
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 USATODAY.com - British royal wedding objections dismissed   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
But to those who believe this is not any other couple, that important issues of church or state are in the balance and that the marriage is an affront to the memory of Princess Diana, there is still a chance to take the case to court.
The Act of Settlement of 1701, which followed the nation's short-lived experiment with abolishing the monarchy, forbids the monarch from marrying a Roman Catholic.
The Royal Marriages Act of 1772 requires royals to have the permission of the King in Council (the government) to marry.
www.usatoday.com /news/world/2005-03-08-wedding_x.htm?csp=34   (643 words)

 Secret deal would have let princess keep royal title and income | Special Reports | Guardian Unlimited Politics
The files show that the Queen was also prepared to reform the 1772 act so that it was restricted to the marriages of her children or grandchildren and those of the "heir presumptive".
If the act were repealed, the effect would be to restore the common law under which the sovereign's approval is required for the marriages of his or her own children and grandchildren and of the heir presumptive.
In the event Princess Margaret resolved the government's dilemma by announcing on October 31 1955 that "mindful of the church's teachings that Christian marriage is indissoluble" she would not be marrying the group captain.
politics.guardian.co.uk /homeaffairs/story/0,11026,1115437,00.html   (1110 words)

 price of liberty, The Spectator, The - Find Articles   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The Guardian adopted the mission, challenging the Act as being incompatible with the Human Rights Act 1998, and, according to Lord Ashdown, the Prince of Wales is also known to want the religious restrictions on the monarchy changed.
The vast legislative complexities of repealing the Act are a deterrent for any government, since our forebears made the Protestant constitution so watertight that it would be immensely difficult to undo; indeed, one clause declares that the terms of the Settlement are 'for ever'.
In reading the Act, it is interesting to note how often its purpose in settling the succession of the Crown is intrinsically linked to defending the 'rights and liberties' of the people.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_qa3724/is_200311/ai_n9341744   (1023 words)

 Buenos Aires Herald
The legal source of this antagonism is a wonderfully arcane piece of legislation known as the Royal Marriages Act, 1772.
This act allows the sitting monarch to ban any marriage involving a member of the royal family if the person concerned is under the age of 25.
In theory, therefore, the current Prince of Wales does not have to acquire his mother's permission to take on Camilla but by refusing to grant his wish she could force back the date when the wedding cake was served up to all those duly assembled.
www.buenosairesherald.com /sports/note.jsp?idContent=10018   (1473 words)

 The Royalist - Claim: Charles & Camilla's Marriage IS Illegal
It is the fact that he has married Camilla as heir to the throne — a royal in the line of succcession who must comply to the laws of the Royal Marriages Act of 1772 — that has thrown up yet more controversy and questions about his future as King.
This is the same act which The Times is now reiterating makes it illegal for an heir to the throne to marry in a registry office.
Referring to the constitutional position of a divorced Prince of Wales, the document states: "Members of the Royal Family are excepted from the provisions of the Marriage Act 1949, and their marriages in England and Wales must therefore be performed by Anglican clergy under either a Special or a Common licence."
www.theroyalist.net /content/view/812/2   (2088 words)

 Marriage Act - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Marriage Act 1961, Australia's law that governs legal marriage.
The Marriage Act (1697), a penal law passed in 1697 discouraging interfaith marriages.
The Defense of Marriage Act passed in the United States to restrict same-sex marriage in the United States
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Marriage_Act   (155 words)

 Casebook: Jack the Ripper - Message Boards: Alledged marriage of 'Eddie' and Annie Elizabeth Crook'.
The Royal Marriages Act therefore would apply as he was under 25 at the time of the alleged marriage.
The full provisions of the Act still apply, so if Charles wanted to marry Camilla, and the monarch's conesnt was not forthcoming, he would need to inform the Privy Council and in that situation the only action that could stop the marriage would be a vote against it in both Houses of Parliament.
The flmail motive is not sustainable, as a marriage by PAV to a catholic would have contravened the Royal Marriages Act and been illegal and invalid, any child would have been illegitimate and barred from the succession.
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The royal subjects have to believe that the king or queen is somehow superior - stronger, or braver or smarter than the people they rule.
While there are still royal families in Europe, the Middle East and a couple of Asian countries, with only one or two exceptions they are hardly the all powerful monarchs of the past.
In most places, the local royals are more like small time politicians, attending parades and public functions, and cutting the occasional ribbon at supermarket openings.
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 A Royal Affair
In any case, the Royal Marriages Act of 1772, passed in the reign of George III, prevents the Archbishop from granting a marriage license to a royal divorcee.
The operational difficulties facing the Royal Family—which would not face any other family—are laws which, when they were devised in the 17th Century, were aimed at excluding Catholicism from the social and political life of the United Kingdom.
In that role she is obliged to resist the spread of the Roman form of apostate religion and the infiltration of Vatican influence.
www.biblemagazine.com /magazine/vol-9/issue-4/royal.html   (3109 words)

 Royal Marriages (Freedom of Religion) Bill
intended marriage shall not be withheld on the grounds of the
effect that an intended marriage be disapproved of on the
This Act may be cited as the Royal Marriages (Freedom of Religion) Act 2005.
www.publications.parliament.uk /pa/cm200405/cmbills/079/05079.i-i.html   (367 words)

 Sources of English Constitutional History: Chapter 142
I conceive that I am not overlooking the duty that rests on me to place in the forefront the public interest, when I declare that I am conscious that I can no longer discharge this heavy task with efficiency or with satisfaction to myself.
His majesty has given the matter his further consideration, but regrets that he is unable to alter his decision."...
An act to give effect to his majesty's declaration of abdication, and for purposes connected therewith.
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 Scotch-Irish / Ulster-Scots Forums > The price of liberty
What is certain, as the Act states, is that if the monarch is ‘reconciled to the See of Rome’ or ‘marries a Papist’ ‘...in all and every such Case or Cases the People of these Realms shall be and are thereby absolved of their allegiance’.
The Act therefore demands that the sovereign must ‘join in communion with the Church of England as by law established’.
The Greens stressed in their document that in calling for the repeal of the Act of Settlement, they are not endorsing the principle of a monarchy.
www.scotchirish.net /forum/lofiversion/index.php/t1258.html   (2047 words)

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