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Re: the Royal Family
User logged in as John W
Burke's Guide is not a source of legal status. My point is that there is no basis for the continued insistence that the Royal Family is restricted to HRHs. Nothing to do with the Royal Family is simple. That the Queen annually invites all of the descendents of the sons of George V to a family lunch suggests who she regards as belonging to the Royal Family. Her not inviting the Lascelles, I suspect, derives from the rupture caused by that family's marriage habits. Had they been more conventional I have little doubt that they would be included.
And, as I have previously noted, official portraits of the Royal Family in the 1970s included all of the descendants of the sons of George V. I not sure how more clear the Queen could be!
Simply asserting that the Royal Family comprises only people who are entitled to HRH is just that - unfounded assertion.
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