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Where our dead kings and queens are buried….

This link is to a brief article about a book about where our kings and queens are buried. I have not read the book, British Royal Tombs by Aiden Dodson, so cannot comment upon it. You’ll find it here on Amazon

I believe the image below is taken from the book.

Five important royals who didn’t ascend the throne….


Edward of Woodstock, known to history as the Black Prince

Would these be your five? Or do you have other suggestions?

PS Who can spot their deliberate mistake?

That lawyer in Utah …

As you can see from the article, the author (Tom Leonard) knows the answer to be in the negative because the Royal Marriages Act 1772 precludes the descendants of George II from marrying without the sovereign’s consent – that sovereign being George III at the time.

James Ord’s putative ancestor is another James Ord, born in 1786, whose parents were supposedly the future George IV and Mrs. Fitzherbert (nee’ Smythe), yet only daughters have traditionally been attributed to them:

Of course, there are more established aristocrats in the USA. The current Earl of Essex is a retired teacher and septagenarian bachelor whilst his heir presumptive is a retired grocery clerk:

For comparison, the only known male line descendants of George III are from Germany, as his son Ernst returned to become King of Hanover:

Use of the Salic Law

A Salic Law (dating from c.507-11) stated, among other things, that a kingdom must be inherited agnatically. Women are to be excluded from the Crown, as are men who would only inherit through the male line. How did this affect different European countries?

FRANCE: applied more rigidly as time went on, precedents being created in 1316 and 1328. Retained.
SCOTLAND: operated a system of tanistry until the Dunkeld restoration (1057), whereby a male representative of one branch or other was preferred. However, Alexander III’s fatal accident in 1286 left only a granddaughter – her death in 1290 left a series of claimers (or Contenders), all through the female line. Abolished.
ENGLAND: had exclusively male monarchs until 1553 although there was a female claimant from 1135-54. Edward III’s large family was almost extinct in the male line by late 1485 – thus Henry VII also claimed through his mother and wife. Abolished if ever applied.
HANOVER: rigidly applied. In 1837, Victoria’s uncle Grand Duke Ernst became its elector. Retained.
SPAIN: applied until shortly after the end of the Bonapartist occupation but the Carlist wars saw it reversed.
RUSSIA: had no Salic Law until c.1800. Catherine, having deposed her husband, was one of several female monarchs. The ill-health of the Tsarevitch Alexis, in contrast to his four sisters, required unorthodox care – this could be argued to have precipitated the end of Romanov rule. Retained, with tragic results.

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