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This 19-Year-Old Princess Has Been Removed From The Line To The British Throne

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Grace Kelly's granddaughter is no longer an heir to the British throne

Princess Alexandra of Hanover has reportedly been removed from the British line of succession after becoming a member of the Catholic Church, according to Royal Central.

The 19-year-old is the only child of Prince Ernst August of Hanover and Princess Caroline of Monaco.

She was christened as a Lutheran two months after she was born in 1999, but has now decided to follow in her mother’s footsteps and become a Catholic, thus renouncing her claim to the British throne, as the Queen is the head of the Church of England.

Princess Alexandra is still 12th in the line of succession to the Monegasque throne - Prince Albert II, Prince of Monaco is the current reigning monarch.

Reactions to the news have been mixed; ‘I understand that if the sovereign is also Head of the Church of England, they should be Anglican; but to disallow only Catholics and not others, like Lutherans, is antiquated bigotry,’ wrote one Royal Central commenter.

‘I'd always thought the Hanovers, like the Hohenzollerns, were out of the line of succession since the Saxe-Coburg-Gothas became Windsors,’ added another.

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Princess Alexandra of Hanover has two half-brothers from her father’s previous marriage, and two from her mother’s previous marriage as well as a half-sister Charlotte Casiraghi. She is the only one of her siblings to carry any kind of royal title.

Princess Alexandra has been photographed at fashion shows over the years, including Saint Laurent’s show at Paris Fashion Week in 2017, and Chanel’s AW18/19 presentation in March 2018.

She is the granddaughter of Grace Kelly and related to Queen Victoria on her father’s side, she is currently dating Ben Sylvester Strautmann.