Will Prince Joseph Wenzel of Liechtenstein be the next King of Scotland? | Mail Online
29 May 2014
Will a £3bn teen be the next King of Scotland?
19-year-old heir to Charles I could rule independent nation
Could this be the next King of Scotland? Should the nation vote for independence, it is possible that its people would no longer be represented by the Queen. There might then be an option to appoint an alternative monarch.
Prince Joseph Wenzel of Liechtenstein
, 19, as well as being heir to the tiny but fabulously wealthy European principality, happens to be a descendant of the Stuart monarch Charles I. The death of Queen Anne in 1714 saw the end of Stuart rule, but not the end of the family’s bloodline.
Much as Jacobites championed the rights to the throne of the surviving Stuarts in the later 1700s, some historians still highlight their rival claim to this day. First in the Jacobite line of succession is the current Duke of Bavaria, who is 80 and childless. The prince, who goes by the name Wenzel and bears the middle name Maria in honour of the Virgin Mary, is the eldest of his great-nephews.
Prince Wenzel (alma mater Malvern College) is also the first heir in the alternative line of succession to have been born in the UK in centuries. The Liechtenstein royal family is one of Europe’s richest.