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Re: Leopold III's brother Prince Karel/Charles
User logged in as Eric VdV
Posted by Eric VdV on 18/5/2021, 23:18:58, in reply to "Leopold III
The marriage of King Leopold III's brother Prince Karel/Charles to Jacqueline Peyrebrune was also only a catholic celebration, so not legal to Belgian law.
Leopold III's second marriage was unique as the circumstances were unique.
1) He was the widower of the fairy tale Queen Astrid who still is adored in Belgium.
2) He married while he was a prisoner of war
3) He married unequal something that had not happened in the Belgian dynasty with it's German roots very focused on marrying Standesgemass.
Technically the Belgian constitution does not know a morganatic marriage. Leopold II married his second wife only in the eyes of the church and it's clear that is what Leopold III was intending to do as well. Once he married civilly as well his wife should have been Queen Lilian and their son would have been in line of succession. There have been experts on Belgian constitutional law who have been convinced that prince Alexander was in line of succession. As he died without heirs and his half brother Albert II has provided with a long list of heir(esse)s it never got tested.
You misunderstood: I'm referring only to marriages which were or have never been consecrated by religious ceremonies. Most of the Benelux unions have undergone two wedding ceremonies -- notwithstanding the fact that (as you say) only the civil sufficed, for legal and dynastic purposes.
Interestingly, the second marriage in 1941 of King Leopold III of the Belgians was celebrated in the Catholic Church, two months before the civil wedding. Despite it being legalized, the union has never been regarded as dynastic.