Simon Abney-Hastings, 15th Earl of Loudoun
|The Right Honourable|
The Earl of Loudoun
Coat of arms of the Earl of Loudoun
|Born||Simon Michael Abney-Hastings|
29 October 1974
|Title||Earl of Loudoun|
14th Earl of Loudoun
|Heir||The Hon. Marcus Abney-Hastings|
14th Earl of Loudoun
Simon Michael Abney-Hastings, 15th Earl of Loudoun (born 29 October 1974), is a British aristocrat living in Australia who is the current holder of the ancient Scottish noble title of Earl of Loudoun.
- Hereditary Governor / Patron - Repton School, Derbyshire
- Patron - Ashby de la Zouch Museum
- Patron - Friends of Loudoun Kirk
- President - The Board of Governors, St Andrew's First Aid Australia
- Patron - Ringwood Highland Games, Australia
- Patron - Australian Monarchist League, Victoria Branch
- Patron - Clan Campbell Society of Australia
- Patron - Barnet 1471 Battlefields Society
- Patron - Australia Day Council - Victoria
- Esteemed friend of Loudoun Museum, Leesburg, Loudoun County, Virginia
The heir presumptive to the title is the present holder's brother, the Hon. Marcus William Abney-Hastings (b. 1981).
Through his grandmother Barbara Huddleston Abney-Hastings, 13th Countess of Loudoun, he is directly descended from, and heir-general of George Plantagenet, 1st Duke of Clarence, brother of Edward IV and Richard III. Other notable ancestors include King James IV of Scotland, Mary Tudor, Queen of France, Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury (Catholic martyr, beatified by Pope Leo XIII), Mary Boleyn, William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley, and Alice Spencer, Countess of Derby.
Claim to the Throne of England
In 2004, Britain's Real Monarch—a documentary broadcast on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom—repeated the claim that the Earl's father, as the senior descendant of George Plantagenet, 1st Duke of Clarence, was the rightful King of England. This argument involves the claim that Edward IV of England was illegitimate. The Earl, following his father's death, would have become the rightful monarch of England under this alternative path of succession, rather than Elizabeth II. This is a claim to the throne of England but not the whole of the United Kingdom, as the English line joined that of Scotland in 1503 with the marriage of Margaret Tudor to James IV of Scotland.
Titles and styles
15th Earl of Loudoun
|Reference style||The Right Honourable|
- 1974 – 2002: The Honourable Simon Abney-Hastings
- 2002 – 2012: Lord Mauchline
- 2012 – : The Right Honourable The Earl of Loudoun
- "'Rightful king of England' dies in Australia". The Telegraph. 3 July 2012.
- 'Rightful heir' to British monarchy dies in Australia AFP – 5 July 2012, Yahoo! News
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