William and Kate’s Children to be Princes and Princesses

  January 9, 2013 at 1:19 pm by

The Queen issued the first Letters Patent of 2013 by granting all the future children of William and Kate the style of Royal Highness and titles of Princes and Princesses.

The Letters Patent was issued on December 31, 2012 and made public on January 9, 2013 – the birthday of the Duchess of Cambridge. The text reads: “The Queen has been pleased by Letters Patent under the Great Seal of the Realm dated 31 December 2012 to declare that all the children of the eldest son of The Prince of Wales should have and enjoy the style, title and attribute of Royal Highness with the titular dignity of Prince or Princess prefixed to their Christian names or with such other titles of honour.”

Under the Letters Patent of 1917 regulating the usage of the Princely title and the style of Royal Highness, only the eldest son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales would otherwise be entitled to be titled a Prince and styled as a Royal Highness; younger children of the Duke of Cambridge would have been styled as Lords and Ladies.

Such Letters Patent are not unusual; a year after Princess Elizabeth married the Duke of Edinburgh, George VI issued Letters Patent granting all the future children of the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh a royal and princely status. Letters Patent were necessary to be issued because female-line grandchildren of the Monarch are not entitled to the titles of a British Prince or Princess, or the style of Royal Highness. Had the King not made the proclamation, Prince Charles and Princess Anne – both born during their grandfather’s reign – would have been known as respectively Earl of Merioneth and Lady Anne Mountbatten, despite being children of the Heiress Presumptive to the Throne.

You can read the ongoing discussion about the new Letters Patent in this thread – The Queen issues new Letters Patent – 9.1.2013


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10 Responses to William and Kate’s Children to be Princes and Princesses

  1. patty says:

    Why are Beatrice and Eugenie Princesses if this is all new?

  2. Armando L. Hernandez says:

    Congratulations for the future Prince and Princess of William and Kate.

  3. Shirley-Anne Thomson says:

    Congratulations – How wonderful what a lovely birthdy present a true Royal Highness family – much love

  4. Tony Ramirez says:

    I am thrilled about the news and so glad the Queen has done this. It shows the love and esteme she has for her grandson and his wife.

  5. Suzanne Bisson says:

    I’m glad to know I share a birthday with the Duchess (January 9)but I am a teensy bit older (65). Happy belated birthday.

  6. Foggyworld says:

    Bit awkward for Mom. Is Kate supposed to curtsey to her own kids?

  7. JessRulz says:

    Beatrice and Eugenie are Princesses because they are male-line granddaughters of a monarch – male-line grandchildren of a monarch automatically receive the style and title HRH Prince/ss.

  8. Artemisia says:

    @ Foggyworld
    Kate will most certainly not be obliged to curtsey to her own children until the eldest of them becomes Monarch. You forget Kate is a Princess of the United Kingdom too – Princess William. As wife of the Sovereign’s grandson, she will always outrank her own children during Elizabeth II’s reign. As wife of the Duke of Cornwall, she will outrank everyone but the Queen Consort during Charles’ reign. And as the Queen Consort, she will outrank everyone at all during William’s reign.

  9. David says:

    @Patty, because Beatrice & Eugenie are grandchildren of the monarch in the male line. The Cambridge’s children would be GREAT grand-children, and therefore not eligible.

  10. Cindy Widya Japardi says:

    William and Kate’s kid is a boy, I think.

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