WHAT IS THE ROYAL FAMILY’S CLAIM TO THE THRONE?
The Queen derives her proper to rule from the Home of Hanover – whose head grew to become King George I in 1714.
In 1688 James II, the final Catholic king in British historical past, was deposed in favour of his Protestant daughter Mary and her husband William. They didn’t have youngsters so the throne then handed to her sister Anne (of The Favourite fame) who additionally died childless.
There was concern that the throne would cross to James’ son, additionally referred to as James, whose start to a Catholic mom had prompted the deposition within the first place. Subsequently Parliament handed the Act of Succession in 1701 which forbade any Roman Catholic – or anybody married to a Catholic – from ever taking the throne.
This imply when Anne died in 1714, Parliament supplied the throne to her second cousin – the Prince of Hanover in Germany – over a lot of her nearer family members.
His descendants would maintain the Hanover title – and the throne – till 1840 when Queen Victoria married Prince Albert and all their youngsters grew to become recognized beneath their father’s final title – Saxe-Coburg Gotha.
Through the First World Warfare, with anti-German feeling working excessive, King George V (the Queen’s grandfather) thought it smart to vary it to the rather more British sounding Windsor – after their favorite fort.
It goes to point out that though royalties might declare they’re chosen by God – generally they’re chosen by Parliament.
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