What is DOWAGER-QUEEN?

The widow of the king. As such she enjoys most of the privileges belonging to her as queen consort. It is nottreason to conspire her death or violate her chastity, because the succession to thecrown is not thereby endangered. No man, however, can marry her without a speciallicense from the sovereign, on pain of forfeiting his lands or goods. 1 Bl. Comm. 233.

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