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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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They sought flexibility in enforcing matrimonial regulations and tolerated morganatic unions when expedient--as did Emperor Franz Josef when he accepted Archduke Franz Ferdinand as his heir.
The lack of assent to a morganatic marriage by the Canadian parliament or any other Commonwealth parliament would have no legal effect.
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.
The Perovski are the younger branch of the family of the famous Rasumousky, the morganatic husband of the Empress Elizabeth, daughter of Peter the Great, who occupied the throne of Russia in the middle of the last century (1741-1762).
At the morganatic ceremony, his less-than-royal wife renounced, for herself and for her children, any claim to the Habsburg throne.
Jane Austen's feelings were shared by a great number of the Prince's subjects--his adulterous affairs, his morganatic marriage, bastard children, and the treatment of his wife had alienated and shocked the public.
Burr, Miranda and Title II: A Morganatic Marriage, 1969 SUP.
Fox does not explain by what morganatic arrangement it was permissible for Nancy Astor, now Lady Astor, to stand for his seat, but stand she did.
Later I learned that Paul Lambrino was the direct descendant, two generations removed, of a very brief morganatic marriage by King Michael's father, a marriage that was almost immediately annulled and its child unrecognized.