Morganatic marriage

marriage between people of unequal social rank, which prevents the passage of the husband's titles and privileges to the wife and any children born of the marriage

A morganatic marriage is a marriage between a royal person and a non-royal person, where the husband's titles and privileges do not go to the wife or any children they have. There are not many morganatic marriages any more. A morganatic marriage is sometimes called a left-handed marriage because in the wedding ceremony the groom usually held his bride's right hand with his left hand instead of his right.[1]


  1. Stritof, Sheri & Bob. "Left-Handed Marriage". Archived from the original on 2007-12-18. Retrieved 2007-03-13.