The Royal Marriage Act, 1772


King George III had been so deeply disturbed by the marriage of his brother, the Duke of Cumberland, to a person of lower rank, that he instigated the introduction of the Royal Marriage Act which consequently received the royal assent on March 25, 1772.

"The act required all descendants of King George II, other than the issue of Princesses marrying into foreign families, to obtain the sovereign's consent before marrying, although such descendants over the age of twenty-five might do so without royal approval if twelve months' notice had been given to the privy council and provided parliament made no objection. It threatened any persons assisting at an unapproved union with the medieval penalty of premunire, which entailed forfeiture of possessions and imprisonment at the King's pleasure."


Excerpt from Olwen Hedley, Queen Charlotte. London, 1975. p. 115.


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