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B 17152

 

Date : 13th Oct 94

Council Office

 

Marriage of Prince Adolphus son of HRH Princess Mary and HH The Duke of Teck, and Lady Margaret Grosvenor Daughter of His Grace the Duke of Westminster.

 

Fds copy of the Draft of the Consent of Her Majesty to the above, in order that the necessary instrument may be prepared and passed under the Great Seal.

 

Minutes

 

The original of this is in the Warrants Branch.

 

The case of the marriage of HH the Princess Louise of Schleswig-Holstein was referred to, her father Prince Christian of Schleswig Holstein having been naturalized, and the Law Officers opinion B10982 stating that under the circumstances Her Majesty’s consent was necessary.  The opinion was sent to W Murray of the Treasury, the Prime Minister’s Private Secretary and it was decided that Her Majesty’s was equally necessary on the occasion of the marriage of Prince Adolphus of Teck as his father HH the Duke of Teck was also naturalized.

 

There are no official papers to show above, as the S of S is not the one to move in the matter, this was arranged on the 11th or 12th inst and the Council was held on the 15th inst where HM’s consent was given.

 

[initials]18/10/94

 

See copies of orders in council herewith

The original of this paper without above memoranda is in the warrants dept

This paper is merely a registry note 31/10/94

 

 


AT THE COURT AT BALMORAL,

The 15th day of October, 1894.

 

PRESENT,

THE   QUEEN'S  MOST  EXCELLENT  MAJESTY

LORD PRESIDENT

LORD CHAMBERLAIN

MR. BRYCE.

 

HER MAJESTY was this day pleased to make the following Declaration.

 

C. L. PEEL.

 

My Lords,

In pursuance of the provisions of an Act passed in the twelfth year of the reign of His Majesty King George the Third, entitled, " An Act for the better regulating the future marriages of the Royal Family," I do, hereby, declare My Consent to a Contract of Matrimony between His Serene Highness Prince Adolphus Charles Alexander Albert Edward George Philip Louis Ladislaus, eldest Son of My dear Cousin Her Royal Highness Princess Mary Adelaide Wilhelmina Elizabeth, and His Highness Francis Paul Charles Louis Alexander, Duke of Teck, Knight Grand Cross of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath, and Lady Margaret Evelyn Grosvenor, daughter of the Most Noble Hugh Lupus, Duke of Westminster, Knight of the Most Noble Order of the Garter; which Consent I have caused to be signified under the Great Seal and to be entered in the Books of the Privy Council.

 


 

AT THE COURT AT BALMORAL,

            The 15th day of October, 1894.

 

PRESENT

THE QUEEN'S MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY  

LORD PRESIDENT

LORD CHAMBERLAIN

MR. BRYCE.

 

WHEREAS Her Majesty in Council was this day pleased to declare that in pursuance of the provisions of an Act passed in the twelfth year of the reign of His Majesty King George the Third, entitled " An Act for the better regulating 'the future Marriages of the Royal Family," Her Majesty had consented to a contract of matrimony between His Serene Highness Prince Adolphus Charles Alexander Albert Edward George Philip Louis Ladislaus, eldest son of Her Royal Highness The Princess Mary Adelaide Wilhelmina Elizabeth, and His Highness Francis Paul Charles Louis Alexander, Duke of Teck, Knight Grand Cross of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath, and Lady Margaret Evelyn Grosvenor, daughter of the Most Noble Hugh Lupus, Duke of Westminster, Knight of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, which consent Her Majesty had caused to be signified under the Great Seal:

 

HER MAJESTY was thereupon pleased to order, as it is hereby ordered, that the Instrument (copy whereof is hereunto annexed) signifying Her Majesty's consent as aforesaid be entered in the Books of the Privy Council in pursuance of the further provisions of the said afore-mentioned Act passed in the twelfth year of the reign of His Majesty King George the Third.                                               

 

C. L. PEEL.




VICTORIA R.

 

VICTORIA, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Queen Defender of the Faith, To all to whom these Presents shall come sendeth Greeting!

Whereas by an Act of Parliament intituled " An Act for the better regulating " the future marriages of the Royal Family " it is amongst other things enacted " that no descendant of the body of His late Majesty King George the Second, Male or Female (other than the issue of Princesses who have married or may hereafter marry into Foreign Families) shall be capable of contracting matrimony without the previous consent of His Majesty, His Heirs, or Successors, signified under the Great Seal."                                                     

 

Now know ye that We have consented and do by these Presents signify Our consent to the contracting of Matrimony between His Serene Highness Prince Adolphus Charles Alexander Albert Edward George Philip Louis Ladislaus, Eldest son of Our dear Cousin Her Royal Highness Princess Mary Adelaide Wilhelmina Elizabeth and His Highness Francis Paul Charles Louis Alexander Duke of Teck, Knight Grand Cross of Our Most Honourable Order of the Bath, and Lady Margaret Evelyn Grosvenor, daughter of Our Right Trusty and Right entirely beloved Cousin and Councillor Hugh Lupus, Duke of Westminster, Knight of Our Most Noble Order of the Garter.

 

In witness whereof We have caused Our Great Seal to be affixed to these Presents.

Given at Our Court at Saint James's the Fourteenth day of October 1894, in the Fifty-eighth year of Our Reign.

 

By the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

 

Signed with Her Own Hand.

 


 

B 17152/9

 

date: 21-8-19

Home Office

Marriage of Lady Helena Cambridge and Major Gibb

As to His Majesty’s consent being given in Council.

 

Minutes

Mr. Fletcher of the Treasury Solicitor’s Department called to-day with a letter from the Faculty Office in regard to the preparation of a Special license for the Marriage on 2nd September.

 

His Majesty’s Consent, signified in Council, would also be necessary, but the Privy Council Office who are put in motion by His Majesty’s Private Secretary have heard nothing about the matter.


[initials]21/8

 

The lady is a descendant of George II, her pedigree being as follows:

Duke of Cambridge

Princess Mary = Duke of Teck

Prince Adolphus = Lady Margaret Grosvenor

Lady Helena Cambridge

 

The Royal Marriages Act 16 George III cap XI enacts that no descendant of George II other than the issue of princesses who marry into foreign families shall marry without previous consent of HM.

Apparently, however, the lady falls within the exception, since Princess Mary married into a foreign family. She married in 1866, and the Duke of Teck was not naturalized till 1882.

The Royal Consent was given for the marriage of Prince Adolphus – B17152 – but apparently it was not necessary.

A parallel case is that of Princess Ena whose descent was

Victoria

Princess Beatrice = Henry of Battenberg

Princess Ena = King of Spain

Henry of Battenberg was married in July 1885 & naturalized by a private act that received the Royal Assent in August 1885. The King’s consent was not  given for Princess Ena’s marriage.


reg. and lay by
[initials] 22/8

 


 

21st August,   1919.

 

Dear Lord Stamfordham,

 

The Treasury Solicitor has been in communication with as regarding the preparation of the necessary special licence for the approaching marriage of Lady Helena Cambridge with Major Gibb.  As you know,  it is necessary that the licence should refer to His Majesty's consent, but I hear from the Privy Council office that no steps have as yet been taken to procure this. I  believe it is for you, is it not, to move the Council in the matter.  Perhaps, therefore, you would be so good as to do so.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

 

The           

Lord Stamfordham,

GCB,   GCIE, GCVO.

 


 

22nd August,  1919.

 

Dear Lord Stamfordham,

 

Since I wrote to you yesterday  regarding the marriage of Lady Helena Cambridge with Major Gibb, we have gone  further into the question with the privy Council, and it now appears  that, although the Royal Consent was given for the marriage of Lady Helena's father, this was not really necessary under the Royal Marriages Act, because princess Mary, Lady Helena's grandmother, by marrying  the Duke of Teck before he was naturalized had married into a foreign family. Accordingly, the Royal Consent is not necessary for the marriage of any of her descendants.  I am sorry to have troubled you unnecessarily in the matter.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

 

 

The

Lord Stamfordham,

G,C.B.,G.C.I.E.,G.C.V.O.

 



BALMORAL   CASTLE.

 

26th.August,1919.

 

Dear Whiskard,

 

 Many thanks for your letter of the 22nd, explaining that the Royal Consent is not necessary for the marriage of Lady Helena Cambridge with Major Gibbs.

Yours very truly,

 

Stamfordham

 

G.G. Whiskard Esq.,

Home Office.


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