From: Don Aitken <don-ait...@freeuk.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Dec 2002 14:46:38 +0000
Local: Wed, Dec 18 2002 9:46 am
Subject: Re: Succession of a Posthumous Child in the UK - Regency Act 1831 (long)
On Mon, 16 Dec 2002 11:48:41 +0000, Don Aitken <don-ait...@freeuk.com>
>Some time ago, we discussed the unusual form of the Proclamation at[snip]
>the accession of Queen Victoria - "saving the rights of any issue of
>any issue of his late Majesty King William IV which may be born of his
>late Majesty's consort" (the full proclamation is at
>We wondered what authority there was for including this, and why the
>The matter was discussed in Parliament in 1831, and special provision
>I will try to find a copy of the Act.I have now seen this, and my guess turns out to be right. Although the
Act is entitled "An Act to provide for the administration of the
Government in case the Crown should descend to her Royal Highness the
Princess Alexandrina Victoria, Daughter of His late Royal Higness the
Duke of Kent, being under the age of Eighteen years, and for the Care
and Guardianship of Her person", it actually deals with other matters,
contrary to the modern rule about long titles.
Section II provides: "And be it further enacted that if, at the Demise
This clearly covers what happened in 1837, and the Accession
The other provisions of the Act are -
Preamble. The Act is passed as recommended to Parliament by the King.
Section I. If no issue of the King at his death, and Pss AV is then
Section II. As above.
Section III. HM Queen Adelaide to be Regent for any posthumous child.
Section IV. On birth of such a posthumous child, he or she to be
Section V. Accession of such child to be regarded as a demise of the
Section VI. All acts of regal authority with consent of the Regent to
Section VII. Oaths to be taken by the Regent.
Section VIII. The Regent to qualify by taking the Test Act oath and
Section IX. Marriage of the sovereign requires the consent of the
Section X. Regent cannot assent to Acts to change the succession, or
Section XI. Regent or prospective Regent to become ineligible, or to
Section XII. the whole Act to be void if the Queen dies and the King
It is noteworthy that the Act does not create the rules about who
The corresponding legislation relating to the accession of
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