Princess helene

Queen Helene

The line of succession for the Kingdom of Brunant. HM Queen Helene is the present monarch, and Princess Marianne is next in line to the throne.


Agnatic primogeniture according to Salic Law was practiced from the foundation of the kingdom in 1475. All of Brunant's monarchs were able to have sons, but under Willem I things seemed likely to change. His first marriage produced no heirs surviving past the age of three, and his second produced a very sickly boy who was not expected to live long. Marrying a third time in 1575, having his son die the next year and giving birth to a daughter prompted him to issue an edict to allow females to inherit the throne in the case of no male brothers, to prevent it going to a descendant of Prince Adriaan of Brunant. Willem eventually had a male heir who became king.

The Willemite decree of 1578 was used by King Willem II to appoint his daughter, Maria Amalia as his heir and for royalists to crown her queen during the Brunanter Civil War. The successes of Karl Van Draak in the battlefield as well as his being male was a significant factor in allowing the forced abdication of Maria Amalia, who after the fact then deemed never being queen, though the fact that she was made to renounce claims has made this a contentious issue.

In 1800, the line of succession was formally limited to legitimate descendants of King Ambroos as well as formally instituting male-preference primogeniture. The government's official list, created in 1954, listed only King Pieter II's descendants are counted. Interestingly, the law was never amended to allow women to inherit the throne, but with the 1954 reform women were not excluded from the line. Thus, a unique situation exists of de jure male-preference but de-facto absolute primogeniture.

In October 2017 plans were being implemented to limit the line to descendants of King Marten II, and to present to congress a proposal to formally codify absolute primogeniture.


  1. HRH Princess Marianne, 2013 (Queen's daughter)
  2. HRH Prince Cristian, 2014 (Queen's son)
  3. HRH Prince Nicholas, 2012 (Queen's brother)
  4. HRH Princess Marie, 1953 (Queen's aunt)
  5. HRH Princess Amalia, 1978 (Queen's cousin)
  6. HRH Prince Johan, 2007 (Queen's cousin's son)
  7. HRH Princess Charlotte, 2011 (Queen's couin's daughter)
  8. HRH Prince Wilhelm, 1955 (Queen's uncle)
  9. HRH Prince Karl, 1990 (Queen's cousin)
  10. HRH Princess Stephanie, 1995 (Queen's cousin)
  11. HRH Princess Brigitte, 2005 (Queen's cousin)
    The preceding are all descended from King Marten II
  12. Princess Angela, 1927 (Queen's great-aunt)
  13. Prince Hendrik, 1956 (Princess Angela's son)
  14. Lady Juliana Van Draak, 1987
  15. Lady Miranda Van Draak, 2001
  16. Lady Nadia Van Draak, 2006
  17. Princess Henrietta, 1959 (Princess Angela's daughter)
  18. Anna Pennington, 1987
  19. Princess Melissa of Libertas, 2013
  20. Princess Mathilde of Libertas, 2016
  21. Mark Pennington, 1989
    The preceding are all descended from King Johan II
  22. Lucy Caroline Van Draak, 1942 (Queen's second cousin)[1]
  23. Hans Nobel, 1978
  24. Eduard Nobel, 1999
  25. Anita Nobel, 2002
  26. William Van Draak, 1950 (Pieter Joseph's son)
  27. Princess Maria, 1928 (Queen's first cousin once removed)
  28. Bertha Henneman, 1958
  29. Lucas Bender, 1984
  30. Charlotte Bender, 2017
  31. Lew Bender, 2017
  32. Gert Henneman, 1960[2]
  33. Henrik Henneman, 1989
  34. Marten Henneman, 2017
  35. Annelise Henneman, 1992
  36. Jessica Henneman, 2011
  37. Michael Reading, 1960 (Queen's second cousin)[3]
  38. Ben Reading, 1985
  39. Alexandra Reading, 2016
  40. Lisa Reading, 1987
  41. Alexandra Saunders, 2016
  42. John Reading, 1990
  43. Cassandra Reading, 1963 (Queen's second cousin)
  44. Sandra Barrow, 1991
  45. William Barrow, 1993
  46. Angeline Keizer, 1955 (Queen's second cousin)
  47. Sven Arnesson, 1984
  48. Per Arnesson, 2015
  49. Merle Arnesson, 2016
  50. Gerta Arnesson, 1988
  51. Bert Keizer, 1957 (Queen's second cousin)
  52. Princess Sybilla of Hanover, 1949 (Queen's second cousin)
  53. Alexander Hermite, 1953 (Queen's second cousin)
  54. Catherine Hermite, 1975
  55. Sandra Holtby, 1999
  56. Sam Holtby, 2002
  57. Anna Maria Andersen, 1957 (Queen's second cousin)[4]
  58. Marianne Andersen, 1961 (Queen's second cousin)
  59. Prince Joseph, 1936 (Queen's first cousin once removed)
  60. Elisabeth Van Draak, 1967
  61. Alan Cartwright, 1996
  62. Michael Cartwright, 1999
  63. Peggy Cartwright, 2001
  64. Christian Van Draak, 1970
  65. Elenore Van Draak, 2000
  66. Margret Van Draak, 2002
  67. Christian Alexander Van Draak, 2005
  68. Adele Van Draak, 2006
  69. Princess Helena of Lovia, 1969 (Queen's second cousin)[5]
  70. Josephine Mortensen, 1991
  71. Albert Mortensen, 1994
    The preceding are all descended from King Pieter II


  1. Lucy Caroline is a Lovian newspaper editor.
  2. Henneman is a former President of Brunant.
  3. Reading is an Anglo-Harvian executive working at Santander UK.
  4. Both Anna Maria and Marianne Andersen are nuns living in Sweden.
  5. Princess Helena is a Lovian royal and in line to the Lovian throne as well.