Public Act, 12 George III, c. 11
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- Held At: Parliamentary Archives: GB-061
- Catalogue Reference: HL/PO/PU/1/1772/12G3n16
- Date: 1772
- Level: File
- Extent: 1 Act of Parliament
- Category: Acts of Parliament/Laws/Legislation
- Description: An Act for the better regulating the future Marriages of the Royal Family. ('Royal Marriages Act')
The Act, better known as the Royal Marriage Act, came about after Prince Henry, duke of Cambridge marriaged a commoner, Anne Horton - a match which Henry's brother King George III disapproved. After the Act was passed it was revealed that another of the King's brothers, Prince William, duke of Gloucester, had secretly married the dowager Countess Maria Waldegrave.
The Act forbade the marriage of any member of the royal family under twenty-five without the monarch's approval. No descendant of George II, male or female, other than the issue of princesses who had married or might thereafter marry "into foreign families", could marry without the consent of the reigning monarch. Any marriage contracted without the consent of the monarch was to be null and void. A descendant above 25 years old could contract a marriage disapproved of by the monarch after giving 12 months notice to the Privy Council.
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