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Which was why it was particularly surprising that at the Cambridge wedding, the protocol apparently put former monarchs and their families in alphabetical order - with King Simeon sitting in front of King Michael. Also junior members of royal families were seated with the heads of their family, so the seating went by family group. It is hard to believe this was a deliberate change of policy but equally difficult to believe that the ceremonial staff are so ignorant as to have made such an extraordinary error.
: Yes, discussed before and more than once, but
: always a pleasure to explain it. Monarchs
: rank accroding to the length of the reign
: and former monarchs follow it, too. So,
: former reigning monarchs rank not according
: to the year they lost their throne, but to
: the year they succeeded to it. So, the rank
: of former monarchs is Michael of Romania,
: Simeon of Bulgaria and Constantine of
: Greece. You can check it at Spanish royal
: ceremonies, weddings and funerals. They are
: always seated after reigning monarchs,
: consorts of reigning monarchs and former
: royal consorts (eg, the Queen of Denmark and
: the Prince of the Netherlands at the funeral
: of the Count of Barcelona).
: Heads of non-reigning royal houses rank
: according to the date they became head of
: the Royal House.
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: With official gatherings, the King or Queen
: with the longest reign has the highest
: precedence, but what with members of former
: royal houses, especially those where the
: last reigning monarch has died already?
: Is the order of precedence established based
: on the age of the House, or on the 'reign'
: of the Head of the Family?
: So in case of Bavaria and Wurttemberg, would
: Duke Carl have higher precedence than Duke
: And what about the former reigning monarchs?
: Does King Constantine of Greece has a higher
: precedence than King Simeon of Bulgaria
: because he lost his throne later?
: Perhaps this has been discussed before, but
: I missed it or forgot (the older one gets
: ). Thanks for any answers.
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