Dutch Crown Princess could marry woman and remain heir to throne, PM says
Same-sex marriage has been legal in the Netherlands since 2001, but the rules did not apply to the Dutch royal family until now. Earlier this month, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, in a letter to the government, put aside old laws that ruled out the possibility for same-sex couples to ascend the throne.
“The government believes that the heir can also marry a person of the same sex. Therefore, the cabinet does not see that an heir to the throne or the king must abdicate if he wishes to marry a partner of the same sex ”, he explained, according to The Guardian.
The eldest of the current King Willem-Alexander, Crown Princess Amalia will be 18 in December and the one she decides to marry is therefore on everyone’s lips. Although the public does not know much about the personal life of the future Queen, the Prime Minister has found it relevant to discuss whether or not the current limitations on the royal wedding comply with the standards and values of 2021.
Royal weddings require parliamentary approval
Although optimistic about a royal same-sex marriage, the Dutch constitution stipulates that the ruling king or queen can only be “replaced by a legitimate descendant”, leaving children born to a day-to-day adoption or sperm donation. Rutte described the scenarios as “appallingly complicated” and added “let’s cross this bridge if we can do it” on Dutch TV, according to BBC.
All royal marriages in the Netherlands need parliamentary approval and if rejected, members of the royal family would have to relinquish their place in the line of succession in order to continue the marriage.
Although no official statement has been made on the possibility of same-sex couples inheriting the throne in other kingdoms, several European countries have expressed optimism about the matter.
Royal families in Europe tackle same-sex marriages
The British royal family were the first of their kind to have a same-sex marriage when Lord Ivar Mountbatten married his partner in 2018. The following year Prince William said he would “fully support” his children if they were to be. homosexuals.
“I think you really don’t start thinking about that until you are a parent, and I think – obviously totally fine for me,” he told the BBC.
Whether this means the right to inherit the throne or not remains unclear.
Like in the Netherlands, royal weddings in Denmark also need the green light from Parliament to become a reality. Following the Dutch news, Denmark is in the process of determining whether or not the same attitude towards a same-sex couple on the throne would apply.
“In Denmark, it is legal for same-sex couples to marry and therefore it is highly unlikely that Parliament will reject it,” predicted Jørgen Albæk Jensen, state law expert at Aarhus University, To TV2.