Thursday, May 29, 2014

What's Making Headlines

Not sure what's prompting it but Prince Wenzel, oldest son of Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie, just made a headline in the Daily Fail Mail. "Will a £3bn teen be the next King of Scotland? 19-year-old heir to Charles I could rule independent nation", titles the publication asking whether the number four in the alternative so-called Jacobite line of succession to the British throne may be made King of Scotland if the country became independent.

For those not too well versed in British royal history and resulting other succession claims than those of the House of Windsor, Jacobitism was a movement which supported the restoration of the main line of the Stuart dynasty to the thrones of England, Scotland and Ireland. Early Jacobites sought to restore the Catholic King James II and his descendants as Kings after the thrones had passed to the Protestant House of Hanover under the terms of the Act of Settlement of 1701.

The modern day heir of the Jacobite claim is Duke Franz of Bavaria, uncle of Hereditary Princess Sophie. As Duke Franz has no children of his own, the claim then passes via his brother Duke Max in Bavaria to the Hereditary Princess. Next in line would then be her oldest son, Prince Wenzel. However, I have never heard about any member of the Wittelsbach family ever claiming anything when it came to the British throne and more than anything Duke Franz seems rather bemused when asked about it.

Source: Daily Mail, Me

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