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Every British Royal Wedding Tradition You Need to Know

Brides Logo By Phillip B. Crook of Brides | Slide 1 of 11: The Royal Marriages Act of 1772 requires all royal descendants to seek the sovereign's approval for marriage. But the requirements don't stop there—the 1701 Act of Settlement prohibits royals from marrying Catholics. Royals may legally wed an atheist or someone of any faith other than Roman Catholicism. The Queen's eldest grandchild Peter Phillips in 2008, Autumn Kelly converted from Roman Catholicism to Anglicanism so her husband would keep his place as 11th in line for the throne. Soon after Will and Kate's engagement was announced, officials from Buckingham Palace said the Queen was "absolutely delighted" for the couple, which can only mean she approved of Will's choice. Sources have also reported that Harry has already asked Her Majesty's permission to wed Meghan Markle, and the Queen bestowed her blessing. There has been much speculation about Markle's religious background, and many publications have falsely reported that Markle is Jewish because of a two-year marriage to Trevor Engelson, a Jewish producer, from 2011to 2013. While we're unsure of Markle's beliefs, we're assuming the couple is well aware of the law and we're hoping it's a non-issue.

The Proposal

The Royal Marriages Act of 1772 requires all royal descendants to seek the sovereign's approval for marriage. But the requirements don't stop there—the 1701 Act of Settlement prohibits royals from marrying Catholics. Royals may legally wed an atheist or someone of any faith other than Roman Catholicism. The Queen's eldest grandchild Peter Phillips in 2008, Autumn Kelly converted from Roman Catholicism to Anglicanism so her husband would keep his place as 11th in line for the throne. Soon after Will and Kate's engagement was announced, officials from Buckingham Palace said the Queen was "absolutely delighted" for the couple, which can only mean she approved of Will's choice. Sources have also reported that Harry has already asked Her Majesty's permission to wed Meghan Markle, and the Queen bestowed her blessing. There has been much speculation about Markle's religious background, and many publications have falsely reported that Markle is Jewish because of a two-year marriage to Trevor Engelson, a Jewish producer, from 2011to 2013. While we're unsure of Markle's beliefs, we're assuming the couple is well aware of the law and we're hoping it's a non-issue.
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