Originally Posted by Alison H
Canada became a monarchy, in its own right, in the 1867 Act. I think the question would be whether "Queen Victoria and her successors" meant her direct blood heirs or anyone who succeeded her on the British throne.
When you put it that way, I think things actually become a lot clearer.
Article 2 of the British North America Act specifically states:
The Provisions of this Act referring to Her Majesty the Queen extend also to the Heirs and Successors of Her Majesty, Kings and Queens of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
In other words: no, not her blood heirs - but rather her heirs, her successors (i.e. legitimate successors) to the British Throne.
In other words, if Francis is King of England, then he is automatically King of Canada, Australia, etc.
Elizabeth II, while a blood heir of Victoria - would not be counted among her "heirs and successors ... Kings and Queens of the UK..."
I would be interested to know if any one else follows this logic, sees things differently or has anything other insight to offer?