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Re: Marrying commoners
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However, it was stated on one of these royal messages boards, some time ago, that even an enthroned king, as of 1976, could not marry a Swedish commoner. So there were legal limits as to what a sovereign could do, even though he did not require the consent of anybody to marry.
Controversy had earlier risen, when in 1923 the then-crown prince Lady Louis Mountbatten: questions were raised as to whether she was technically *royal* and *equal*. The wording of the Swedish laws at the time stated that a dynast could not marry a *private man's daughter*. But that begged the question as to just who qualified as a *private man's daughter*. Later, the laws got amended to state that a dynast could not marry a SWEDISH *private man's daughter*.
That being said, once a prince succeeded as king, he supposedly could marry whomever he wished -- or so I thought. But somebody (I forget the poster's name) stated that even Carl XVI Gustaf could not have married a Swedish commoner after coming to the throne.
The King of Sweden did not approve his own marriage, since it wasn't required by law that a King needed any such approval.
Well, that person was wrong. The King could marry whomever he wanted. His uncle Prince Bertil though needed the King-s consent.
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