The Quebec Court of Appeal is set to begin reviewing a case on Monday that challenges the rules governing the ascension to the British throne, and the result could have political consequences in Canada.
If the appeal is successful, the challenge could force Ottawa to undertake a round of constitutional negotiations, according to lawyers behind the suit.
If the royal succession law were invalidated by the court, the federal government would be faced with a choice: refuse to touch the Constitution and default on Canada’s obligations to the Commonwealth, or open a potentially contentious round constitutional negotiations, where the provinces could bring demands to the table.
If Ottawa ultimately refused to open the Constitution to adopt the new rules of succession, it could be possible that one day there would be a queen in the U.K. and a king in Canada.
This hypothetical possibility would still be in the distant future, however, since it would depend on whether Prince George’s offspring were male or female – and he’s currently only four years old.