Excerpt from the Manifesto of the Emperor Alexander I of 20 March 1820 on the Dissolution of the Marriage of the Tsesarevich and Grand Duke Constantine Pavlovich with the Grand Duchess Anna Feodorovna, and on a Supplemental Provision to the Statute on the

We consider it good for the firm maintenance of the dignity and tranquility of the Imperial Family and of the Empire itself, to add to the existing laws concerning the Imperial Family the following additional provision: if any person of the Imperial Family enters into a marriage with a person of a status unequal to his, that is, not belonging to any Royal or Ruling House, in such a case the person of the Imperial Family cannot pass on to the other person the rights which belong to Members of the Imperial Family, and the children issuing from such a marriage have no right of succession to the Throne. Expressing this Our Will to all present and future Members of Our Imperial Family and to all Our faithful subjects, in accordance with the exact right established in article 23 (Article 219 in the 1906 edition of the Collection of Laws of the Russian Empire) of the Statute on the Imperial Family, We, standing before the King of Kings, make it incumbent upon one and all whom it may concern solemnly and inviolably to maintain for all time this Our supplemental enactment.

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