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morganatic

of or designating a marriage between a person of high rank and a person of low rank, by which the latter is not elevated to the higher rank and any issue have no rights to the succession of the higher party's titles, property, etc.
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"Archduke Francis Ferdinand, heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary, and the Princess of Hohenberg, his morganatic wife, were shot dead yesterday by a student in the main street of the Bosnian capital a short time after they had escaped death from a bomb hurled at the royal auto.
In medieval Germany, a woman of lower social status who married a prince and did not attain to the normal privileges of a wife was called morganatic. The line "Puit des verites lunatiques" refers to the expression "la verite est au fond d'un puits" (truth is hard to find).
He declared, "My Imperial Father, of Blessed Memory, for the first time established the succession on firm bases of law and published the Statute on the Imperial Family, which he, so to say, consecrated at the altar of the Assumption Cathedral." He had added Alexander's edict on Konstantin Pavlovich's morganatic marriage, as well as laws on establishing a regency, which were also placed in the cathedral.
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This article examines the constitutional implications, for Canada and the other members of the Commonwealth, of a morganatic marriage in the British royal family.
Constitutional Affairs Minister Christopher Leslie gave a Commons reply to Labour's Andrew Mackinlay explaining that the marriage was not 'morganatic' - where a spouse of lower rank is refused a title.
When we exhibited at a Paris fair for the first time last year we were pleasantly surprised by the response.' As might be expected, as well as taking their usual fare of Italian Old Masters, the gallery is also taking coals to Newcastle, offering the likes of a pair of oval flower paintings by Gerard van Spaendonck of around 1783 which were probably acquired by the Duc de Berry, later Louis XVI, and which have passed by descent to the Duchesse's heirs from her morganatic marriage to the Principe di Campofranco.
Conspirators at the grand-ducal court had supposedly switched him in his infancy with a dying baby, so that the throne would pass to a side line of the grand-ducal Zahringen family, descended from what had originally been a morganatic marriage.