Catholic bride? Won't ever be king of England

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When the Princess Royal's son, Peter Phillips, marries his Canadian fiancee, Autumn Kelly, at St George's chapel in Windsor in May, he will give up any hope of being crowned king of England, Mandrake can disclose.

"Peter will renounce his place in the line of succession," says Canon Ivor Smith-Cameron, a former chaplain to the Queen. "Given that he has slipped down the line after the birth of Prince Edward's son, I'm sure that he is happy to agree to this."

Her Majesty's eldest grandson, who is 11th in line to the throne, has been forced to make the decision because Autumn was baptised a Catholic. It is a provision of the 1701 Act of Settlement, which enshrined the Protestant ascendancy, that monarchs and their heirs are forbidden to become or even marry Catholics.

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