Natalian Monarchy

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Grand Duke of Natal
Monarchy
HRH The Grand Duke Joseph.jpg
Incumbent
Joseph I

Style His Royal Highness
Heir presumptive George, Duke of Albertschine
First monarch Joseph I
Formation 21 July 2014


The Grand Duke of Natal (Dutch: Groothertog van Natal; Afrikaans: Groothertog van Natal) is the sovereign, hereditary and absolute monarch of the Grand Duchy of Natal. The Grand Duke of Natal, who rules by divine right, theoretically holds absolute authority over Natal, however several sovereign powers have been given to government bodies. The current Grand Duke is Joseph I.

History

The monarchy of Natal was established as a title of nobility in the Commonwealth of Hobartstown and Victoria on 21 July 2014, with Joseph Emmanuel de Chavannes being declared Duke of Natal. The Natalian Duke became one of the most prominent politicians in the Commonwealth, becoming the Speaker of the House of Patricians of the Commonwealth. The Duke was also prominent in the Church of the Bregentines, becoming Bishop of Natal. The Natalian dukedom was elevated to a non-sovereign sub-national Grand Duchy on 8 August 2014. The following day, the Commonwealth was dissolved and Natal became independent.

Following Natal's independence on 9 August 2014, Joseph Emmanuel de Chavannes remained monarch as Joseph I, by the Grace of God, Grand Duke of Natal. A legislature, the Chamber of Lords, was established and a government, the Council of State, was instituted. The Monarch was endowed with supreme powers over the executive, legislative, and judicial powers of the state; however, the Chamber of Lords is allowed to pass legislation with Royal Consent and the Council of State carries out most administrative powers in the name of the Sovereign.

List

Portrait Full style Assumed throne Left throne House Notes
Dukes of Natal
1 HRH The Grand Duke Joseph.jpg His Royal Highness Joseph Emmanuel de Chavannes, Prince of the Bregentines, Duke of Natal
The Most Reverend Canon Joseph Emmanuel, by the Grace of God Bishop of Natal, Cardinal Rector of the Church of Saint Mary Magdalene (Religious)
21 July 2014 8 August 2014 (Duchy elevated to Grand Duchy) Emmanuel Prominent political and religious figure in Hobartstown and Victoria, only Bregentine noble to be elevated to a higher rank.
Grand Dukes of Natal (in Hobartstown and Victoria)
1 HRH The Grand Duke Joseph.jpg His Royal Highness Joseph Emmanuel de Chavannes, Prince of the Bregentines, Grand Duke of Natal
The Most Reverend Canon Joseph Emmanuel, by the Grace of God Bishop of Natal, Cardinal Rector of the Church of Saint Mary Magdalene (Religious)
8 August 2014 9 August 2014 (Natal becomes sovereign) Emmanuel Presided over the final session of the Parliament of Hobartstown and Victoria
Grand Dukes of Natal
1 HRH The Grand Duke Joseph.jpg His Royal Highness Joseph I, by the Grace of God, Grand Duke of Natal, Prince of the Bregentines, Ruler of His other Realms and Territories, Head of the House of Emmanuel, Defender of the Faith 9 August 2014 present Emmanuel First sovereign monarch of Natal.