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Jakubczyk: All that Glitter ain’t Gold

The weekend festivities are finally over. Most people will now go back to their daily routines, putting their seasonal royalism in the shed, along with the bunting & union jacks. For a legitimist monarchist like myself and a member of the Royal Stuart Society, this isn't the case. My royalism is true. It is an essential part of who I am.


Now, in my strict adherence to Jacobitism, the so-called coronation was nothing more than an act of a further establishment of the usurpation of 1688, specifically and painfully demeaning to Catholics. I understand that some fell under the spell of the ceremony itself, all the glitter, and splendour. As a monarchist I share the sentiment. But all these things feel special because we live in boring and grey times of parliamentary democracy. In fact, the coronation was a mish-mash of traditions and modern-day innovations, not obvious to the average eye. But this is a subject for a more in-depth analysis. One which I may embark upon soon. Right now, I’d like to stress how amazed I am by Catholics who, on May 6th were spilling their tea over themselves in jubilation.

Set aside the actual issue with the Windsorian claim to the Three Kingdoms for a minute. We must remember that although, the Succession Act – which had prohibited Catholics from marrying any presumptive heir to the throne – was amended in 2013, and fully implemented in March 2015. And the ban has been technically lifted, in reality it is still impossible for a Catholic to ascend the throne. A Roman Catholic is still specifically excluded from succession to it. The Sovereign must be in communion with the schismatic Church of England and must swear to preserve the established Church of England and the established Church of Scotland. The Sovereign must also promise to uphold the Protestant succession. As prince (not a king!) Charles had done – I Charles do solemnly and sincerely in the presence of God profess, testify, and declare that I am a faithful Protestant, and that I will, according to the true intent of the enactments which secure the Protestant succession to the Throne, uphold and maintain the said enactments to the best of my powers according to law. – No true Catholic would ever do that. This basically means that one needs to covert to the Anglican schism if one is to be crowned.

Furthermore, even if a Catholic marries a person next in line to the throne, given that the Canon Law of the Catholic Church, says that Catholics who marry baptised non-Catholics, before getting permission to marry the non-Catholic must "make a sincere promise to do all in his or her power so that all offspring are baptised and brought up in the Catholic faith". In a case where a Catholic's child was in the succession line to the throne, this would bring up clashes with the current ban. As we can see then, Catholics are still officially termed as being "naturally dead and deemed to be dead" in terms of succession. This distinction was first legislated in the Bill of Rights 1689. Jacob Rees-Mogg also confirmed "the Act of Settlement deems somebody who has been a Catholic for a minute to be 'dead' in terms of the succession, and it passes over them 'as if they were dead'. It is an absolute. If at any moment in their whole life they were in communion with Rome, they are excluded from the throne, deemed to be dead.

Most important however is the usurpation of the House of Windsor (org. of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha). This ducal family has been illegitimately occupying the thrones of England, Scotland & Ireland since 1688. Going as far as the creation of “United Kingdom” in order to justify it. William of Orange being the first in this line of usurpers.

The legitimate line of succession for the Three Crowns remains with the House of Stuart. Even though the direct, male line of the Royal House of Stuart ended in 1807 with the death of Henry IX, the Cardinal Duke of York. The senior descent of the Royal House from that date is well documented. The Headship of the House of Stuart takes its descent from Henrietta-Anne (1644-1670), daughter of King Charles I, and her husband Philippe, Duke of Orléans and was inherited by their heirs, the House of Savoy. Marriages of the subsequent heirs then saw it pass to the House of Modena-Este and later to the House of Wittelsbach (Bavaria), with whom it rests today and the Head of which is Duke Franz. The descendants of Princess Henrietta-Anne, youngest daughter of King Charles I, who would have been de jure monarchs of the House of Stuart after the death of King Henry IX and I in 1807 are shown below:


House of Savoy (Sardinia):


Charles IV (1807-1819)


Victor (1819-1824)


Mary II (1824-1840) – the elder daughter of King James II and VII who was married to William of Orange and styled herself Mary II was not part of the de jure succession, her father and brother being alive at the time.


House of Este (Modena):


Francis I (1840-1875)


Mary III (1875-1919)


House of Wittelsbach (Bavaria):


Robert I & IV (1919-1955)


Albert (1955-1996)


His Majesty Francis II (since 1996)


I must emphasise that in spite of the fact that none of these de jure monarchs (since 1807) has ever laid an official claim to the thrones of England, Scotland or Ireland, their birth right does not change. And in accordance with the divine right of kings, and their accountability to God, their hereditary right cannot be overturned or annulled. If presented with an opportunity to ascend the thrones of their God given realms they would be bound to accept. As loyal subjects to the Stuarts and their successors, our obedience lies with them. Nowadays, with His Royal Majesty King Francis II.  For the time being however, until their restoration, through the scriptural injunction of passive obedience and non-resistance, even towards monarchs of which we disapprove, we must be civil towards the Windsorian usurpers. But instead of praising Charles as our king, we should pray for his conversion and renunciation. In the meantime rising our glasses to the King Over the Water!!




and our most gentle Queen and Mother,

look down in mercy upon England thy “Dowry”

and upon us all who greatly hope and trust in thee.

By thee it was that Jesus our Saviour and our hope

was given unto the world; and He has given thee to us

that we might hope still more.

Plead for us thy children, whom thou didst receive

and accept at the foot of the Cross, O sorrowful Mother.

Intercede for our separated brethren, that with us in the

one true fold they may be united to the supreme Shepherd,

the Vicar of thy Son. Pray for us all,

dear Mother, that by faith

fruitful in good works we

may all deserve to see and

praise God, together with

thee, in our heavenly home.



Nicholas Patrick Stephen

Cardinal Wiseman




Arkadiusz Jakubczyk


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