Royalty & Their Rules

As the royalty seems to have established itself in my storyline now, here are some rules and further information on the royal houses in existence thus far. This will be updated frequently.

HOUSE CROMWELL
Royal House of the City State Kingdom of Henford-on-Bagley

For centuries, the Cromwell family has ruled over the island of the City State Kingdom of Henford-on-Bagley from Cromwell Castle, situated in the beautiful Henfordish countryside. The castle used to be a summer residence for the Cromwell family until several hundred years ago disaster struck and during severe storms several parts of the island flooded and were lost forever.

City State Kingdom of Henford-on-Bagley is a full monarchy, the royal house is in full control. Publicly, the royal family will only take a political stance on delicate topics when unavoidable, preferably maintaining a neutral take.

The crown succession is absolute primogeniture, meaning the crown is inherited by the oldest child, irrespective of gender, as long as they are Cromwell lineage (direct blood-relations to the reigning monarch), adopted or fostered children are excluded from the succession line. Should this ever fall on an illegitimate child, the current ruler decides eligibility. The last name Cromwell shall be continued as the legal married name in any case, hyphenation is not permitted.

Members of the royal family are free to choose their own mate, but the ruling monarch has to agree and approve of their choice, especially for the heir apparent, or else the marriage cannot go through.
If a decision unfavorable to a union were to be defied, the offending royal would automatically, immediately and permanently be removed from the succession line. Same-sex marriage is allowed, except for the heir apparent, since they are required to produce an heir. If the heir apparent chooses a same-sex partner, the succession to the throne will skip them and go to the member of the royal family next in line to the throne, however, they will be able to keep their royal title, according to the new succession line, and their respective partner will be able to gain a title, if applicable.

Succession takes place in case of death or abdication of the currently ruling monarch. In the first instance a mourning period of one month will go in effect, after which the coronation shall take place, during which the surviving spouse or the heir apparent rule in absentia until the new leader has been coronated. In case of abdication the period is a maximum of one week but can be as short as one day.

The current reigning monarch is HM King Frederick George Cromwell, King of the City State Kingdom of Henford-on-Bagley, a just leader, well loved by the people.
By his side his loyal wife HM Queen Consort Margaret Anne Cromwell (Queen Consort), formerly Lady Hamptonshyre. She is known and loved for her charity work, and often called Queen of Hearts by her people. She and HM King Frederick are one of the few royal marriages made for love, that remained strong through the years, both agree their children should choose their future mates similarly, which is why an old law about the heir to the throne was not to marry a commoner was retired by a then-young Kind Frederick.

They share three children:

HRH Crown Prince Maximilian Edward Henry Cromwell, Duke of Henfordshire, heir apparent
HRH Princess Genevieve Amelia Alexandra Cromwell
HRH Prince Leopold Edgar Cromwell, Duke of Bagley-upon-Thyne

Prince Maximilian recently married a commoner from a wealthy background, the new Princess Aria-Grace Cromwell, Duchess of Henfordshire (nee. Cameron).

Princess Genevieve wed the Italian Crown Prince Gaetano only a few weeks following her brother’s nuptials.

HOUSE RINALDI
Royal House of the City State Kingdom of Tartosa

Much like the English royal house, for many centuries now, the Rinaldi family has led and watched over the island of the Kingdom of the City State Kingdom of Tartosa from Castello Rinaldi, situated seaside in the country’s beautiful coastline. Tartosa is famous for trade of their excellent wines and tourism for centuries now.

Italy is an absolute monarchy; the royal house is in full control.

The crown succession is absolute primogeniture Heir Male, meaning the crown is inherited by the oldest son, legitimate or illegitimate if no viable male heir was conceived in a royal marriage, adopted or fostered children are excluded from the succession line. The last name Rinaldi shall be continued as the legal married name in any case, hyphenation is not permitted.

Members of the royal family will choose from a selection of approved mates, hand-selected by the reigning King, once they come of age to marry. Being the rulers of a deeply religious country, same-sex marriage is neither acknowledged nor permitted for any member of the royal line. Failure to abide by this law will result in instant removal from the succession line and even exile in some cases.

Succession takes place in case of death of the currently ruling monarch.

The current reigning monarch is HM King Benedetto Rinaldi, King of the City State Kingdom of Tartosa, a leader with a firm hand, well respected locally and beyond.
By his side his loyal wife HM Queen Consort Allegra Rinaldi (Queen Consort) a former commoner from a wealthy background. Due to severe complications during the birth of their only child, son and heir apparent Crown Prince Gaetano, the couple was unable to produce any further children.

Following his recent nuptials to Princess Genevieve of the City State Kingdom of Henford-on-Bagley, the royal house of the City State Kingdom of Tartosa and its people await news of a male heir to continue the Rinaldi lines with bated breath.


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