For those of you who have been following The Blackacre Times since the beginning, you might remember my post back in December about the Royal Engagement. Well, the wedding day has finally arrived. What seemed like it was forever away is set to begin in less than 15 hours.
Depending on what your favorite network is, many stations will be broadcasting coverage of the wedding starting at 4 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on Friday, April 29th. If this is a little early for you on a Friday morning, don’t worry, the actual ceremony will not start until 6 a.m. However, if you want to see the guests walk in, tune in early.
The ceremony, which takes place at Westminster Abbey, will last until around 7:15 a.m., when William and Kate will go by carriage to Buckingham Palace. They will reappear at 8:25 a.m. on the balcony at the palace. Don’t worry about missing an exam since exams on Friday start at 1 p.m.
So what does any of this have to do with law? Well, just last week the Queen consented to the marriage between William and Kate. Under the Royal Marriages Act of 1772, descendants of George II must obtain the sovereign’s agreement, in this case Queen Elizabeth, before they wed. Failure to obtain consent would lead in the marriage being declared invalid. Think of this as a nice meshing of family & estates law.