Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Buckingham Palace Lists Young Albert and Leopold In Line of Succession Even Though They Are Catholic

Great Britain's 1701 Act of Settlement prohibits Catholics from succeeding to the throne. However, as reported Monday by The Express, on the Official Website of the British Monarchy five-year old Albert and three-year old Leopold are listed as 39th and 40th in line for the throne even though they are Catholics.  The boys' father, Lord Nicholas Windsor (great-grandson of George V), converted to Catholicism in 2001. His Croatian wife Paola is also a Catholic, and the two boys were baptized as Catholics. Buckingham Palace has not commented on the boys' inclusion in the Line of Succession, but some have suggested that they would not be disqualified until they are old enough to make up their own minds about religion, perhaps at the time of their confirmation.