Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Coburgers protest succession change

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June 9, 1899

The citizens of the duchy of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha are objecting to "their English cousins using the succession to the Ducal crown as a football is backed by all classes throughout the entire empire," according to the Chicago Daily Tribune.

The Hanover Courier "reaffirms" that the Duke of Connaught and his son, Prince Arthur, are to renounce their claims to the Coburg throne in favor of the Duke's nephew, the Duke of Albany.

Earlier this year, the Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha took his own life, leaving the duchy without a direct male heir. The Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha is the Duke of Connaught's older brother, and is also the Duke of Edinburgh.

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 According to a family agreement, the Coburg succession passes to the next son and his descendants of Prince Albert, which means the Duke of Connaught. Although he has denied that he and his son will renounce the ducal crown, it is believed, despite the views of Coburg's residents, they will abdicate their rights in favor of the young Duke of Albany.

The Hanover Courier says that the Duke of Albany has a "weak constitution," which is why the Coburg diet may oppose his succession. The Diet hopes that a "settlement would soon be reached."

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