If the queen really didn’t like Kate Middleton, could she stop the wedding?
She could make it difficult. Under the Royal Marriages Act of 1772, the monarch’s direct descendants must seek his or her permission to marry. But if a prince or princess can’t get the monarch’s consent, they just have to wait a year. Unless both houses of Parliament object, the marriage is on.
Royals who elope without the royal blessing aren’t removed from succession, but their marriage is void. Any children born to the couple are illegitimate and can’t ascend to the throne.
I was a bit surprised to find out that the Prince would not be allowed to succeed to the throne if he married a Roman Catholic, pursuant to the 1701 Act of Settlement. (A marriage to someone of any other faith – or, presumably, no faith at all – would be okay, as long as the Sovereign swears allegiance to the Church of England.) I’m a fan of the Monarchy, in no small part because it ticks off Canadians whom I enjoy seeing ticked off, but I think it might be time to amend that one.
Unanswered: if, God forbid, the entire Royal Family is electrocuted, does John Goodman ascend to the throne?