Do The Royals Live Happily Ever After?

King Henry VIII the Man who started it all

Love, Romance, and Divorce

The Church of England owes its creating to King Henry VIII (his marriage and divorce incident). Now, nearly five centuries later, the marriage of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles is rocking the Anglican unity because when the Prince becomes King, he becomes the head of the church!


1533: Henry VIII breaks all formal relationship after Pope Clement VII refuses to grant annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon so he can marry his mistress, Anne Boleyn. Henry is excommunicated!

1625: Charles I takes the throne and marries Henrietta Maria, a Roman Catholic. An uproar of protest occurs over suspicion that Charles would ease restrictions on Catholics and weaken Protestantism.

1785: The future of George IV (then just Prince of Wales) secretly marries a Roman Catholic (not again), the twice-widowed Maria Fitzherbert (awfully daring of him). This “morganatic” marriage is never legally recognized under the act that requires monarch’s approval for royal marriages.

Late 19th century: Future King Edward VII begins an affair with Alice Keppel, great grandmother of Camilla Parker Bowles. She is amoing many of the reputed mistresses of the king who died in 1910.

1936: King Edward VIII relinquishes throne in order to marry twice-divorced (I am sensing a pattern here) American, Wallis Simpson. At the time, the Church of England steadfastly opposed the idea of the monarch marrying a divorced woman.

2005: Charles and Camilla received all clear signal for their wedding after all 11 formal objections against their union are dismissed.

Prince Charles the Man who ended it all?

Further Reading

February 10th, 1840 – Queen Victoria marries Albert



2 Responses to “Do The Royals Live Happily Ever After?”
  1. lizii says:

    Royals don’t have to live happily ever after. There are many more expectations for them than the common people, although it is quite obvious that some have followed their hearts. However, I strongly believe that your timeline does not list enough; it is not all as it seems. There have been many other reasons for the reformation, not just that King Henry wanted to marry his mistress.

    But I guess in the end most of them sought their own happiness above the happiness of others. Although it is a selfish act, it will be forgiven in time.

    I love your optimism poem, by the way :)

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