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Re: Henri ?????
Until someone more knowledgeable replies,here is my recollection.
At the time leading up to the engagement, it was not known that there was an issue with his family's countly title, not even Henri himself knew. That revelation came later.
There was a dearth of eligible young men of equal rank with the prospect of becoming a queen's consort, so the princess did not have a lot of suitors. Henri was an aristocrat, well educated, talented, tall, good looking and the couple very much in love. The King was unlikely to hold out for a more suitable match.
None of the King's daughters' marriages were arranged marriages.
Was Henri de Montpezat considered sufficiently equal for the King when Margareth presented him to her father ?
Both her sisters married higher and undisputable equal men.
But would King Christian XI have denied his son the right to marry who he loved after their Norwegian Cousins had paved the way?
Well, both Ingolf and Christian got married while Frederik IX was still alive - but we can't of course know how long they would have waited to marry if they had been required to find royal/noble/foreign brides.
Exactly. And I am sure that the Thronefollower, Prince Knud would have had quite a say in this since Frederik would know that this was the new line.
Was't Frederik's decicison not to approve the marriages a forward thinking way of limiting the number of "distant" princes and princesses not very close to the Royal House? Much what we are seeing to house.
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