Now that the problems in Australia have apparently been ironed out, the Succession to the Crown Act has come into power. A number of questions have come to mind. The heraldic questions and queries about titles I will endeavour to pose to the College of Arms.
However, one provision is that only the first six in line to the Throne will be required to gain the Monarch's approval of their marriage to remain in the Succession. My question is about the seventh in line to the Throne. With the birth of the Duke and Duchess' second child this will be Princess Beatrice. If she decides to get married after the birth of HRH Cambridge No. 2 but before The Queen passes away she will legally not be required to gain Her Majesty's permission. However, if the situation doesn't change by the time Her Majesty passes away (the Cambridge's don't have any more children and Prince Harry doesn't marry and have children) Princess Beatrice will be sixth in line again.
Does she need to get retrospective permission or will it be honoured that she didn't need it at the time? I've read and re-read the Act and I think it is a little simplistic on some matters.