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A Little “Bit of Royal”

Have you ever wondered what title you would get if you married a King?

(Reprinted from Brittney Stephens of Popsugar)  Prince Philip became a member of the British royal family when he married then Princess Elizabeth in November 1947. Born Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, he gave up his titles on their wedding day and was instead named Duke of Edinburgh. When Elizabeth became queen after the death of her father in 1952, Philip did not become a king — and there’s a longstanding rule that explains why.

In the UK, the husband of a reigning queen is called a prince consort, no matter what. Queen Victoria, who reigned from 1837 to 1901, wanted to make her husband, Albert, king consort, but the British government wouldn’t allow it because he was technically a foreigner. Instead, he was given the title of prince consort. Technically, there is no automatic right to any title when marrying a monarch; it wasn’t until five years after her succession to the throne that Elizabeth II made Philip a prince of the United Kingdom, and he has never formally been designated a prince or king consort title, which is purely symbolic anyway.

On the flip side, the wife of a king normally gets the title of queen, but it too is only ceremonial.  Kate Middleton, for example, will earn the title of queen consort when Prince William becomes king. An exception to this will be made when Prince Charles takes the throne, as Clarence House announced after their wedding that his wife, Camilla, will be known as princess consort, saying, “It is intended that Mrs. Parker Bowles should use the title HRH The Princess Consort when The Prince of Wales accedes to The Throne.” However, when the time comes, Charles will have the power to upgrade her title to queen consort if he so chooses. And here’s another plot twist: should Prince Philip outlive his wife and see his son Charles become king, he would be able to retain the style “his majesty” and could also be given the title king father, like that of Queen Elizabeth I when Elizabeth II took the throne.

Lately, we have been asked often, “Do you think they will skip Prince Charles and go straight to Prince William when the Queen passes on?”.  Just for the record, your Two Chums feel rather strongly that when Queen Elizabeth II passes on, Prince Charles will become king.  We know that there are many murmurings that Prince Charles will be skipped in favor of Prince William but the Queen is much too much of a traditionalist to let this happen.

We will see!







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