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Old 07-31-2006, 04:39 PM
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King Willem-Alexander and the British Throne

Does anyone know why Willem Alexander has been skipped in the order of succesion to the British Throne?

It can not be because he married a Catholic, as that would also make =his children ineligible and they are in line.

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Old 07-31-2006, 04:47 PM
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Does anyone know why Willem Alexander has been skipped in the order of succesion to the British Throne?

It can not be because he married a Catholic, as that would also make =his children ineligible and they are in line.

More information : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Line_of...British_throne
It is because he married a Catholic. Perhaps the children are still in line to the throne, because they are Protestants
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Old 07-31-2006, 04:54 PM
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Hmm, how very odd. I thought that I remembered that in the British RF if you married a catholic, your children were also out of the line of succesion.

Very odd indeed.
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Old 07-31-2006, 04:59 PM
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I thought so too. It seems like all the royal families of the world have a claim to the throne. Are all the lines of succession this long? Anyhow it is very unlikely that the Dutch will succeed the throne.
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Old 07-31-2006, 05:20 PM
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Isn't it the same with prince Michael of Kent? His children are in the line of succession too, but he's not because of marrying princess Michael of Kent (who is a catholic too, I thought). I think that as long as your children stay protestant/anglican etc. they can stay in the line of succession...
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Old 07-31-2006, 05:31 PM
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Isn't it the same with prince Michael of Kent? His children are in the line of succession too, but he's not because of marrying princess Michael of Kent (who is a catholic too, I thought). I think that as long as your children stay protestant/anglican etc. they can stay in the line of succession...
It is like that. The children of Princess Ragnhild of Norway all married catholics, and are therefore not in line - but their children are, as long as they don't convert.
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Old 08-01-2006, 03:46 AM
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yeah if u are going to inherit the throne u have to be anglican or protestant because the head of the british monarchy has to be the head of the anglican church, it wouldn't make sense if someone catholic had that job.
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Well, Willem-Alexander never ceased to be a protestant :)
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Also, in most religions, the mothers religion is the one that "officially" determines the religion of the child. I know that this is true for most christian religions as well as the Jewish faith. That is why in orthodox Jewish families, if a man want to marry outside of the faith the woman must convert.

As far as I know, Maxima did not convert, so that would in effect make Amalia and Alexia Catholic, despite the fact that they will be raised protestant.
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I know that Judaism and Christianity view inheritence of religion differently. You are correct that for Orthodox Jews, the mother is the one who determines religion. But since Christianity is more of a choice, I think the childrens religion is determined by the parent who cares the most In this case I'm guessing that the girls are being raised as protestants given their position in Holland. I doubt Maxima is willing to risk a constitutional crisis over the Dutch throne to raise her daughters Catholic.



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Also, in most religions, the mothers religion is the one that "officially" determines the religion of the child. I know that this is true for most christian religions as well as the Jewish faith. That is why in orthodox Jewish families, if a man want to marry outside of the faith the woman must convert.

As far as I know, Maxima did not convert, so that would in effect make Amalia and Alexia Catholic, despite the fact that they will be raised protestant.
They were baptised in a protestant church, by a protestant minister, according to the traditions of the dutch reformed church. They are probably registered at the protestant reformed community of Wassenaar as well, ...so I doubt if anyone can consider them catholics.

Maxima and the Prince of Orange explicitely told the press that their children will be protestants, during the press conference that was given upon their engagement. According to the princes own words ´The House of Orange will remain protestant´. Maxima said that she would study the dutch reformed church, but left in the middle if she was open to a conversion.
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Old 08-01-2006, 10:03 AM
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From Wikipedia:

849. HM Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands (b. 1938), greatX6-granddaughter of Princess Augusta Charlotte, Duchess of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttell
850. HRH Princess Catharina-Amalia of the Netherlands (b. 2003), granddaughter of Queen Beatrix (skipped her father Willem-Alexander, Prince of Orange)
851. HRH Princess Alexia of the Netherlands (b. 2005), daughter of Willem-Alexander, Prince of Orange
852. Countess Luana of Orange-Nassau (b. 2005), granddaughter of Queen Beatrix (skipped her father Prince Johan-Friso of the Netherlands)
853. Countess Zaria of Orange-Nassau (b. 2006), daughter of Prince Johan-Friso of the Netherlands
854. HRH Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands (b. 1969), son of Queen Beatrix
855. Count Claus-Casimir of Orange-Nassau (b. 2004), son of Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands
856. Countess Eloise of Orange-Nassau (b. 2002), daughter of Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands
857. Countess Leonore of Orange-Nassau (b. 2006), daughter of Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands
858. HRH Princess Margriet of the Netherlands (b. 1943), sister of Queen Beatrix (skipped her sister Princess Irene of the Netherlands and her children)
859. HH Prince Bernhard of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (b. 1972), son of Princess Margriet (skipped his elder brother Prince Maurits of Orange-Nassau and his children)
860. Samuel van Vollenhoven (b. 2004), son of Prince Bernhard of Orange-Nassau
861. Isabella van Vollenhoven (b. 2002), daughter of Prince Bernhard of Orange-Nassau
862. HH Prince Pieter Christiaan of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (b. 1972), son of Princess Margriet of the Netherlands
863. HH Prince Floris of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (b. 1975), son of Princess Margriet

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Line_of...British_Throne

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Were he not a Catholic, HM King Juan Carlos of Spain, as the great-grandson of Princess Beatrice, who in turn was the youngest daughter of Queen Victoria, would be in the Line of Succession somewhere around the 500 mark. Other Catholic monarchs include HM King Albert of Belgium (about 1100th) and Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg (about 1120th).
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852. Countess Luana of Orange-Nassau (b. 2005), granddaughter of Queen Beatrix (skipped her father Prince Johan-Friso of the Netherlands)
Why? Mabel is not catholic, is she?
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No Mabel is a protestant too. Maybe because of the given fact that Friso isn't in line for the Dutch throne anymore? Don't understand why his daughters are on this list though. They're not on the list for the Dutch throne anymore (as far as I know)...
I don't get it. I think this is more interesting than the the fact that W-A is not on the list and his daughters are...
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Old 08-01-2006, 12:21 PM
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That's interesting.

Maybe something here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Success...British_Throne
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I just can't seem to find a reason why he would not be included. There is nothing on Wikipedia. Very strange. It can not be because he did not seek permission to marry, as neither did Pieter Christian or his brother.
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Old 08-01-2006, 12:45 PM
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I don't know. Maybe something here.
Few links:
http://www.heraldica.org/faqs/britfaq.html#p2-35
Dutch Constitution - Chapter 2 Goverment - Section 1 The King http://www.oefre.unibe.ch/law/icl/nl00000_.html
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Old 08-01-2006, 01:22 PM
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If a country claims to allow freedom of worship then that freedom should also extend to the monarch who should be able to be whatever religion he or she chooses. In Britain we have the ridiculous concept of the queen being Anglican when she’s in England and Presbyterian when she’s in Scotland. Also, the monarch can marry a Hindu, Muslim, Seventh day Adventist or even a Devil worshipper but under no circumstances a Catholic. This is a great insult to all Catholics who make up what is the second largest Church in England and the largest in Scotland.

The Dutch situation is different. I have been told that nowhere in the constitution is the monarch obliged to be a member of the Dutch reformed Church. When Queen Wilhelmina returned to the Netherlands after the war she attended a High Mass of thanksgiving in the Catholic cathedral in Breda. Nobody even batted an eyelid, but in Britain the monarch is forbidden by law to attend Mass. Almost half the House of Orange is Catholic and Willem Alexander and Maximina’s wedding was celebrated by a Catholic priest and Protestant minister. When the children where baptised, although it took place in a Protestant church, Maximina insisted that the Catholic practice of pouring the water should be followed. I doubt if anyone in the Netherlands would be the least bit bothered if the monarch was a Catholic especially as the Catholic Church is the largest in the country.
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I really doubt if nobody would care if the monarch would become a catholic. I think a vaste majority of Orange-fans are protestants, so they wouldn't be too pleased if the monarch would be a catholic. The largest part of the Dutch people may be catholic, but only in name, I (a catholic myself) hardly know any practicising catholics. Most catholics live in the south and most of them are not that interested in the dutch royal family. I'm looked upon as some kind of rarity among my southern friends, to be honest.

The list magnik posted above isn't up-to-date, btw. Floris is in it too and he shouldn't be, because he married Aimee who's a catholic too.
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And what about little Anna, Lucas and Felicia? Were they baptised as catholics?
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