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Royal Contrast: Princess Beatrice Didn’t Need The Queen’s Permission To Get Married, Unlike William And Harry

Date September 27, 2019 13:40

As the monarch and head of the British Royal Family, Queen Elizabeth II has the power to make or mar a marriage.

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According to the Royal Marriage Act 1772, no member of the royal family can marry without the consent of the reigning monarch.

Not only that, the consent has to be signified under the great seal, declared in council, and set out in the license and register of the marriage. Also, it must be entered in the books of the Privy Council.

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Princess Beatrice didn’t need the Queen’s permission to get married

Yesterday, news of Princess Beatrice’s engagement to boyfriend Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi spread like wildfire.

The property developer popped the big question while they were on holiday in Italy, and the ninth in line wouldn’t have needed approval from the monarch to say yes.

However, this wasn’t the case for Prince William and Prince Harry, who had to get the Queen’s formal consent before popping the question to their respective wives.

This exception is in line with a change in the Royal Marriage Act 1772, which happened in 2013. The law no longer extends to all members of the royal family, but only to the first six people in line to the throne.

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While it might seem that the Queen in into granting her children and grandchildren the consent to marry whomever they choose, it has happened in the past that the monarch failed to veto a royal marriage.

When her sister Princess Margaret and Peter Townsend wanted to get married, the Queen refused to give them her consent and asked them to wait for two years as she was under pressure from the government of Winston Churchill and the Church of England.

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Townsend was a divorcee, and it was against the law for a royal to marry one.

After the two years were up, the Queen still couldn’t give her permission but a compromise worked out itself when Anthony Eden, who was in charge of the government then, pledged to amend the Act to remove Margaret and her children from the succession.

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Regardless of whether Beatrice needed the Queen’s approval or not, we are sure the monarch would only make a decision that would be in her granddaughter’s interest.