DUKE OF ALBANY SUCCEEDS. London, June 30.
It is officially stated that His Royal Highness the Duke of Connaught has renounced his rights to the succession to the Duchies of Coburg and Gotha, in favor of the only son of his youngest brother, the late Duke of Albany, who died in 1884.
The death of Prince Alfred of Saxe- Coburg-Gotha, the only son of the Duke of Edinburgh, interfered with the suc- cession to the Duchies referred to. It was announcd in April last that the Duke of Connaught had accepted the succession. The Duke of Albany, who will now succeed to the Duchies, was born on July 19, 1884. The question of the succession was under debate in the Diet at Gotha on May 31. Herr Liebentrau protested against the idea that the land and people of Coburg- Gotha were to be treated as a mere family .heritage. According to paragraph IV. of the Constitution, the Duke must take up his practical residence within the State territory in order to make him- self acquainted with the condition of things in the country and the needs of the people. Herr Arnold submitted the following resolution: — 'The Common Diet requests the State Government of the Duchy to take such steps in the highest quarter that Prince Arthur of Connaught, who as far as human calcu- lation goes will one day be called upon
to succeed to the throne shall, as soon as possible, take up his practical resi- dence in the Duchies of Coburg-Gotha, that he shall here receive a German education and make himself acquainted with the conditions of his new home from personal observation. Herr von Strenge, Minister of State, urged that the resolution should be referred to a commission, to which he desired to make statements which should be withheld from publication. The Diet, however, resolved on an immediate vote, and the resolution was adopted, only the Social Democrats voting against it.]