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Old 06-08-2013, 06:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Spheno View Post
the King of the Netherlands is HRM, the Grand-Duke of Luxembourg is HRH. So the King outranks the Grand-Duke.
But their heirs are HRHs, they have the same style. At this point all depends on "age" of their monarch's ruling.
OK, thanks for the explanation.

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Old 06-08-2013, 06:20 PM
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Originally Posted by ricarda View Post
There is something wrong in your list. AFAIK Victoria was born in 1977 and is heiress since 1980.
It's not based on when she specifically became the heir, but when the monarch to which she is the heir became monarch.

Carl XVI Gustav became monarch in 1973, so Victoria's precedent is based on that date and not when she actually became the heir.

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Old 06-08-2013, 06:59 PM
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personally i'm not convinced. I think its by length of reign and all reiging royals as treated as equals but until we see an event with Albert of Monaco and the king of the Netherlands we won't know for sure.
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Old 06-08-2013, 07:14 PM
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Well if you think back to wedding of Charles and Diana the guests entered in reverse order of precedence based on date of taking the throne:
1 TSH Princess Grace & Hereditary Prince Albert of Monaco
2 TSH Prince Franz Joseph II and Princess Gina of Liechtenstein (he was then the longest reigning monarch in attendance)
3 TRH Grand Duke Jean and Grand Duchess Josephine Charlotte of Luxembourg
4 HM Queen Beatrix and HRH Prince Claus of The Netherlands (she had just come to the throne in 1980 so was the newest King?Queen of her rank)
Other European monarchs in reverse order of accession with TM King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola being the last to enter in the procession.They exited lead by the Belgians and trailed by the Monagasques.
Courts are of course able to make adjustments as they see fit. QMII orgainzed the protocol alphabetically for a UN meeting in Copenhagen to avoid sitting beside Mugabe of Zimbabwe who was the longest head of state in office in attendance.
Today I think most courts are much more relaxed about these things except perhaps at the most formal state occassions.
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Old 06-08-2013, 07:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Spheno View Post
11. Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein (a heir, Sophie is HRH, from 1989)
But the Hereditary Prince is a Serene Highness, and, as he's the one who matters, they should be seated before all the other heirs.
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Yes, but his wife is HRH.
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Old 06-08-2013, 07:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Spheno View Post
Yes, but his wife is HRH.
She is an HRH of a non reigning family. Her current precedence is as the wife of the Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein, a reigning family, while retaining her HRH.

If she was still just an Bavarian HRH she would be seated at events like this with all the deposed monarchs. Look at the film of Frederik & Marys wedding, the deposed royals were seated at a lower level by themselves, not amongst the reignng royals. They even arrived on different buses than the reigning royals.
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Old 06-08-2013, 07:46 PM
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Originally Posted by ricarda View Post
Although I once got the explanation that the reason for Queen Elizabeth's notorious absence at other royal houses' festivities is that she would not be seated highest as the royal house of Windsor isn't as old as others - and the British can't have that. According to your theory she actually would be seated highest as she reigns longest.

The Luxembourg couple does not have the same rank as the Danish and Norwegian couples. They would have been seated after them even if the Grand-Duke had ascended to the throne before Queen Margrethe.
Queen Elizabeth is not the longest-serving monarch, she's the second longest-serving, king Bhumibol (Rama IX) is the longest-serving, he became king in 1946, here's a list of the lenght of current reigning monarchs: Current reigning monarchs by length of reign - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

As for the rank of monarch and their heirs, well, a monarch is a monarch is a monarch, regardless if they are king/queen, emperor/empress, grand-duke/grand-duchess or prince/princess, Willem-Alexander will be ranked after Albert of Monaco and Henri of Luxembourg in royal ranking, even if his title is king, as he is the newest on the list. The heirs are situated after the length of their parent's reign, what title they have don't matter, only how long their parent have been monarch.
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Old 06-09-2013, 04:19 PM
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Yes, heads of state are all at the same level in terms of protocol (bowing/curtsying) but in terms of ranking, it's the style what matters.
here it is:
Emperor/Emperess (Their Imperial Majesties)
Kings/Queens (Their Majesties)
Gran duke/duchess (Their Royal Highnesses)
Prince/Princess (Their Serene Highnesses)

chid of an Emperor/Emperess (His/Her Imperial Highnesses)
child of a King/Queen (His/Her Royal Highness)
child of a Grand duke/duchess (His/Her Royal Highness)
child of a Prince/Princess (His Serene Highness)

in each group there's a specific ranking depending on how long each monarch has been reigning.

as you can see little examples here ROYAL AND NOBLE RANKS -
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Old 06-09-2013, 04:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Spheno View Post
Yes, but his wife is HRH.
That doesn't matter. The Hereditary Couple were there representing Liechtenstein, not Bavaria. Their precedence derives from Prince Alois' position.
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This thread on 'Seating' is about Order of Precedence under another name.
It has therefore been merged into the Precedence thread.


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