Legitimacy: Queen, Lords and Commons
Curiously enough, the Queen derives her authority from an act of parliament. In 1701 the Act of Settlement decided that after the death of Queen Anne the Crown should pass to the descendants of Sophia, Electress Dowager of Hanover. It was as the only available Protestant grandchild of King James I and VI that the Electress Sophia was politically so attractive. For another act of parliament, also still in force, had declared that the Sovereign could only be a Protestant and could only marry a Protestant.
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