Saturday, May 23, 2009

Dispossessed Royalty

Somehow I missed this little Telegraph article (it would have been nice if it were more comprehensive, but oh well) when it appeared in March, so I'll link to it now. Of course, in France it is not only "republicans" who believe that Luis Alfonso's "ancestors relinquished the right to the French crown when they took the Spanish throne," but also royalist supporters of his rival Henri d'Orléans.

I came across this while reading a much older (2001) article on Prince Georg Friedrich, head of the Imperial House of Hohenzollern, prompted by the irritating news that modern Germany has just "re-elected" something called a "president," as if any commoner could possibly be an adequate German head of state. It's a shame that HI&RH does not "see any reason for the political system in Germany to be changed," but encouraging that he nevertheless points out that his "family could undertake a representative role by setting an example."

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