After watching Man in the Iron Mask again, I have questions regarding royal heirarchy.
For anyone who’s not seen the movie or needs a refresher:
Man in the Iron Mask is like a sequel to The Three Musketeers. Athos, Porthos, and Charlie Sheen -er, Aramus have grown old and turned into Gerard Depardieu, Jeremy Irons, and John Malkovich. (Basically, both movies are drool-fests.)They’ve retired from the Musketeers, and Dartagnan (who has grown from Chris O’Donnell into Gabriel Byrne) is the Captain of the Musketeers.
Most plotting and whatnot aside, it is revealed that the Man in the Iron Mask is the twin brother of King Louis XIV, Phillipe. Up until his imprisonment by his newly-crowned brother, Phillipe had been living in relative obscurity, oft-visited by his mother, the Queen…evidently, he was unaware of her royal status.
Anyhow…blahblahblah, it is also revealed that Dartagnan, not the King, had fathered Louis and Phillipe. Here is where the line of questioning begins.
Though Louis and Phillipe are not the sons of the King, are they still entitled to the throne because they are the sons of the Queen?
Upon the death of the King, why does rulership go to the eldest Prince, rather than the Queen? Would it not make more sense for an adult woman to be running things than a prepubescent boy?
Just because I’m curious, the widow of a King is called a Dowager, correct? What is the widow of a Queen called?
If twins are born, as in this case, do they both get to be the King someday?
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