The Last True British King: Michael Edward Abney-Hastings, 14th Earl of Loudoun
Michael Edward Abney-Hastings, 14th Earl of Loudoun, was born on July 22, 1942 in Australia and died on June 30, 2012 in England. He was a British Australian who is most noted for his claim to be the rightful monarch of England instead of Queen Elizabeth II. This claim was the basis of the documentary Britain’s Real Monarch, which aired in 2004.
Abney-Hastings was the great-grandson of King Edward VII, the eldest son of Queen Victoria. He was the descendant of the House of Plantagenet, a royal dynasty that ruled England from 1154 to 1485. He claimed that he was the last true British king because he was the last surviving descendant of the Plantagenet dynasty.
Abney-Hastings’ claim was based on the fact that Queen Elizabeth II is a descendant of the House of Hanover, which was established in 1714 when George I became King of England. He argued that the Hanoverian line was illegitimate because it was established through the Act of Settlement, which excluded Catholics from the line of succession. Abney-Hastings was a Catholic, and he argued that his Plantagenet line was the rightful heir to the throne.
Abney-Hastings’ claim was widely dismissed by historians and legal experts, who argued that the Act of Settlement was a valid law and that Queen Elizabeth II was the rightful monarch. However, Abney-Hastings’ claim was taken seriously by some, and his story gained international attention.
Despite the controversy surrounding his claim, Abney-Hastings was a respected member of British society. He was a successful businessman and a philanthropist, and he was active in the Catholic Church. He was also a passionate advocate for animal rights, and he was a patron of the World Wildlife Fund.
Abney-Hastings’ claim to the throne may never be proven, but he will always be remembered as the last true British king. His legacy will live on through his documentary, Britain’s Real Monarch, and through his charitable works. He will be remembered as a man who was passionate about his beliefs and who was dedicated to making the world a better place.