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Old 04-22-2017, 06:27 PM
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There is no reason to think Edward would ever turn it down. It's the reason he was made an Earl and not a Duke when he wed. When he is made Duke, his current titles naturally become his secondary titles. He is being groomed for it already. The work he and his wife have done with the Duke of Edinburgh awards is evidence.

When Charles is king, he will be HRH Prince Edward, Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Wessex, Viscount Severn. James will be James, Earl of Wessex. Since they currently don't use the prince/SS titles, there is no reason to think when Edward is Duke, his kids will be styled as anything but that of the kids if a Duke. James wife should simply be X, countess of Wessex. And their first son viscount Severn.
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Old 04-22-2017, 07:25 PM
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There is no reason to think Edward would ever turn it down. It's the reason he was made an Earl and not a Duke when he wed. When he is made Duke, his current titles naturally become his secondary titles. He is being groomed for it already. The work he and his wife have done with the Duke of Edinburgh awards is evidence.

When Charles is king, he will be HRH Prince Edward, Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Wessex, Viscount Severn. James will be James, Earl of Wessex. Since they currently don't use the prince/SS titles, there is no reason to think when Edward is Duke, his kids will be styled as anything but that of the kids if a Duke. James wife should simply be X, countess of Wessex. And their first son viscount Severn.
When James marries, if his father is the Duke of Edinburgh, he should ask to be styled and remain as Prince James of Edinburgh. His wife would be Princess James of Edinburgh.
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Old 04-22-2017, 08:01 PM
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If his parents wanted him and his sister to use their entitled HRHs, they would have been using them since birth.
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Old 04-23-2017, 05:55 PM
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The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester (they stopped being Prince and Princess Richard when he became the Duke and became a peer of the realm and thus an aristocrat rather than a commoner) do quite a lot but they are older and don't get the publicity.

The Duchess of Kent voluntarily retired from royal duties when she took ill some years ago and is now well into her 80s and isn't going to appear anytime soon. She was never even referred to as Princess Edward as by the time she married he was already the Duke of Kent.

The press are only interested in the younger, mainline royals. They don't even give that much coverage to the Duchess of Cornwall or the Princess Royal who do a lot more than the Duchess of Cambridge who gets all the coverage due to her age.

Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie are covered usually to allow the press to let the comments mock them which happens all the time. They aren't working royals either so the only coverage comes from their nights out or holidays.

I do think it is disrespectful to refer to people using their lowest titles rather than their highest ones. Do you call Charles - Baron of Renfrew or Prince of Wales? No so why do it with the others?

In the UK Duke is a higher title than Prince. Prince is a commoner - like Prince Michael while Duke is a peer of the realm - an aristocrat and thus is higher in status.
Yes, sometimes I do call Charles Baron or Renfrew, or Lord of the Isles. I call the women "Princess "male husband name" because that is their legal marriage name. Brigitte is Princess Richard.
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Old 04-23-2017, 05:56 PM
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Wait so your saying that that His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent is lower in status than His Grace the Duke of Norfolk?!
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Old 04-23-2017, 06:15 PM
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Yes, sometimes I do call Charles Baron or Renfrew, or Lord of the Isles. I call the women "Princess "male husband name" because that is their legal marriage name. Brigitte is Princess Richard.
Actually, its their titles and styles. Not their legal married name as I pointed out with William and Kate filing a lawsuit in Paris. William's legal name (mostly would be used outside of the UK) is William Mountbatten-Windsor as per the LPs issued by the Queen denoting what would be used should a surname need to be used for any of her and Philip's descendants.

Charles chooses to use the style of The Prince of Wales as his primary style. Camilla chooses to be styled as The Duchess of Cornwall. I believe that either Beatrice or Eugenie (forget which one) do not use "Princess" at their place of employment but rather Mountbatten-Windsor.

I agree with Iluvebertie and that the royals should be called by the styles that they, themselves, prefer. To do otherwise actually can be very confusing in posts as it makes people wonder just who you're talking about.
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Old 04-23-2017, 06:23 PM
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Wait so your saying that that His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent is lower in status than His Grace the Duke of Norfolk?!
That is correct. The Duke of Norfolk is an aristocrat and a peer while Prince Michael is a commoner. The HRH is purely a form of address and the Prince appellation just denotes that he is a close descendant of a monarch.
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Old 04-23-2017, 06:36 PM
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Yes, sometimes I do call Charles Baron or Renfrew, or Lord of the Isles. I call the women "Princess "male husband name" because that is their legal marriage name. Brigitte is Princess Richard.
They have higher titles.

I don't understand why you insist on giving them lower styles rather then higher ones that take precedence over the ones you use.

When Birgitte married she was known officially as Princess Richard as her husband had no higher title for her to use.

When he became the Duke he stopped using Prince Richard and she stopped using Princess Richard as they had higher titles to use that take precedence over the title of mere princes/ess (three of them in fact - Duke, Earl and Baron all of which are more impressive than Prince/Princess in the royal hierarchy).

It is rare to see anything other than the major titles being used because that is the most senior title they posses.

Sometimes Charles uses Duke of Cornwall - when in Cornwall - or Earl of Chester when in Chester. He uses Duke of Rothesay in Scotland. He never uses the other titles at all.

Philip doesn't use Merioneth or Greenwich even when visiting those places but always uses Edinburgh.

Andrew used to use Inverness when in Scotland, and especially in Inverness but now only ever uses York officially.

Same with Edward - only uses Wessex just as the Dukes of Gloucester and Kent only use Gloucester and Kent rather than their other titles (Earls of Ulster and St Andrews or Baron Culloden or Downpatrick respectively).

The only one who uses Princess is Marie-Christine simply because her husband had nothing better to use.

The UK is different to the continental royals and having a title is more prestigious than being a prince/princess. To use the lower title is to show total disrespect for them and to demote them from the peerage to commoner status.

If George V or Elizabeth II or Victoria or George III had believed that being a Prince was the highest title they would never have raised their sons to the peerage but left them as commoners and so as princes.
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Old 04-23-2017, 06:40 PM
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That is correct. The Duke of Norfolk is an aristocrat and a peer while Prince Michael is a commoner. The HRH is purely a form of address and the Prince appellation just denotes that he is a close descendant of a monarch.
So true.

I do find that many Americans (not all) don't understand the difference between peer and commoners and think that all royals are aristocrats when very few of them actually are.

Currently only Philip, Charles, William, Andrew, Edward, Richard and Edward are actually aristocrats while the rest of them are commoners.

There are three levels of society in the UK:

The monarchn - Elizabeth
The aristocracy - Philip, Charles, William, Andrew, Edward, Richard and Edward
The commoners - most of the BRF fall into this category - Camilla, Kate, Harry, Beatrice, Eugenie, Sophie, Anne, Birgitte, Katherine, Michael, Marie-Christine and Alexandra. Some, as wives of peers, use their husbands highest titles, and rightly so. Camilla, we know, uses the title Charles has held for the longest time not his highest. Everyone else does use their husband's highest title.

Why anyone would want to refer to someone by a title that is a lower status than their highest title I don't know - unless it is to be deliberately obtuse or insulting.
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Old 04-23-2017, 06:53 PM
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That commoners vs peers thing is a relict from bygone ages. Since the reforms in the House of Lords, only a handful hereditary peers are left. The rest are commoners suddely made peers purely to fill the House of "Lords". In the whole of Europe people are fellow countrymen, citizens or compatriots. The UK is the only European nation with "subjects" and with "commoners" and "peers" plus even bishops as a special stand. Really... since the House of Lords reforms, it has become a vaudeville: Lord Roy Hattersley, Lord Neil Kinnock, the real Lords are excluded except a symbolic handful. Make an upper house, a Senate, that would be my advice.
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Old 04-23-2017, 07:17 PM
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I believe that either Beatrice or Eugenie (forget which one) do not use "Princess" at their place of employment but rather Mountbatten-Windsor.
On the website of her previous employer Paddle8, Princess Eugenie was referred to as "Eugenie York."
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Old 04-23-2017, 07:17 PM
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That commoners vs peers thing is a relict from bygone ages. Since the reforms in the House of Lords, only a handful hereditary peers are left. The rest are commoners suddely made peers purely to fill the House of "Lords". In the whole of Europe people are fellow countrymen, citizens or compatriots. The UK is the only European nation with "subjects" and with "commoners" and "peers" plus even bishops as a special stand. Really... since the House of Lords reforms, it has become a vaudeville: Lord Roy Hattersley, Lord Neil Kinnock, the real Lords are excluded except a symbolic handful. Make an upper house, a Senate, that would be my advice.
Just because there are hereditary peers who can't sit in the House of Lords doesn't mean they aren't still aristocrats.

Life peers are a reward for an individual's own actions rather than having some ancestor 200 - 300 years ago do something for the nation or monarch and thus raised to the peerage.

The peerage and the rights on inheritance and how that is done is very much alive and well in the UK. Just look at the way the inheritance of the Duke of Westminster went - son basically got everything and if there are been two sons it still would have gone to the eldest only. It is one of the reasons why the British aristocracy survives so well.

To traditionalists and historians the way Britain works isn't so much a relic of the past but a very real way of connecting the present to the history and traditions of the country - something that most of Europe seems to have lost due to the EU and its determination to make all of Europe the same - language, currency, culture etc all the same.
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Old 04-23-2017, 08:43 PM
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They have higher titles.

I don't understand why you insist on giving them lower styles rather then higher ones that take precedence over the ones you use.

When Birgitte married she was known officially as Princess Richard as her husband had no higher title for her to use.

When he became the Duke he stopped using Prince Richard and she stopped using Princess Richard as they had higher titles to use that take precedence over the title of mere princes/ess (three of them in fact - Duke, Earl and Baron all of which are more impressive than Prince/Princess in the royal hierarchy).

It is rare to see anything other than the major titles being used because that is the most senior title they posses.

Sometimes Charles uses Duke of Cornwall - when in Cornwall - or Earl of Chester when in Chester. He uses Duke of Rothesay in Scotland. He never uses the other titles at all.

Philip doesn't use Merioneth or Greenwich even when visiting those places but always uses Edinburgh.

Andrew used to use Inverness when in Scotland, and especially in Inverness but now only ever uses York officially.

Same with Edward - only uses Wessex just as the Dukes of Gloucester and Kent only use Gloucester and Kent rather than their other titles (Earls of Ulster and St Andrews or Baron Culloden or Downpatrick respectively).

The only one who uses Princess is Marie-Christine simply because her husband had nothing better to use.

The UK is different to the continental royals and having a title is more prestigious than being a prince/princess. To use the lower title is to show total disrespect for them and to demote them from the peerage to commoner status.

If George V or Elizabeth II or Victoria or George III had believed that being a Prince was the highest title they would never have raised their sons to the peerage but left them as commoners and so as princes.
It is vital to call them other titles so people can know that they have other titles other than Prince of Wales, Duke of Edinburgh, Duke of York.
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Old 04-23-2017, 08:55 PM
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It is vital to call them other titles so people can know that they have other titles other than Prince of Wales, Duke of Edinburgh, Duke of York.
Why?

The entire point of names, or name substitutes such as titles, is so that everyone knows who is being discussed. That's a higher priority, IMO, than publicising all the different titles a given individual might have.

What you're suggesting is like randomly referring to making one's toast out of a loaf of leavened wheat. Why not just use the clear and commonly used word that won't require mental gymnastics or clarification?
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Old 04-23-2017, 08:58 PM
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Why?

The entire point of names, or name substitutes such as titles, is so that everyone knows who is being discussed. That's a higher priority, IMO, than publicising all the different titles a given individual might have.

What you're suggesting is like randomly referring to making one's toast out of a loaf of leavened wheat. Why not just use the clear and commonly used word that won't require mental gymnastics or clarification?
Their titles change in different countries of the U.K. Andrew is Duke of York, Earl of Inverness, Baron Killyleagh. Period. They should be known for all of their titles. It makes it interesting and historic. I never call Charles Prince of Wales all the time.
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Old 04-23-2017, 09:00 PM
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It is vital to call them other titles so people can know that they have other titles other than Prince of Wales, Duke of Edinburgh, Duke of York.
It is confusing using secondary titles. It is much more preferable for posters to use the title by which the person is most commonly or properly known then we all know who everyone is referring to.

On the topic of best dressed, although it's off topic, my vote goes to the Prince of Wales.
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Old 04-23-2017, 09:04 PM
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It is confusing using secondary titles. It is much more preferable for posters to use the title by which the person is most commonly or properly known then we all know who everyone is referring to.

On the topic of best dressed, although it's off topic, my vote goes to the Prince of Wales.
I like secondary titles. Other than that, the Prince of Wales dresses very well.

Prince Philip dresses well too and Prince Michael.

The Queen, the Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Michael dress well. Sophie, Countess of Wessex is dressing better probably because of Princess Michael and Catherine!!
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So when Edward becomes Duke of Edinburgh, the Earldom of Wessex will fall to James automatically?
Nothing about this is really automatic. It's probable that James would be known as Earl of Wessex, but also possible that he or his family (depending on when this happens) would opt to continue using Viscount Severn. The use of courtesy titles by heirs is a social courtesy, not a legal matter, so occasionally someone does it a little differently. (I believe there are actually a few earls with no subsidiary titles, and their heirs apparent traditionally use entirely fictitious titles.)
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Old 04-24-2017, 03:24 AM
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Their titles change in different countries of the U.K. Andrew is Duke of York, Earl of Inverness, Baron Killyleagh. Period. They should be known for all of their titles. It makes it interesting and historic. I never call Charles Prince of Wales all the time.
Its all fine and dandy to think that way but to be honest, if you were to travel to the UK and actually refer to the Baron Killyleagh in a conversation, you'd get a whole lot of blank stares as people wouldn't know who the heck you were talking about. If talking to Andrew, I think he most likely even would be insulted as he prefers to be addressed as The Duke of York. Its his highest and most prominent title and to use a lesser title is somewhat demeaning to the person as if you don't recognize that they have a higher status.

Its kind of along the lines of people calling a person whatever floats their boat like the media calling The Duchess of Cambridge "Kate Middleton" and Diana, Princess of Wales "Princess Diana" or The Duchess of Cornwall "Camilla Parker-Bowles". Those people in question wouldn't care for that form of address and IIRC, Diana would correct people that called her Princess Diana.

Frankly if someone was to talk to me about the Lord of the Isles, I'd think they were talking about The Lord of the Rings or the Game of Thrones or similar.
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Technically, when they are in Scotland it is proper to address them by their Scottish title. It's not an insult, it is their peerage in that realm. In practice, it's usually only done with Charles and Camilla. From time to time Wlliam is referred to as Earl if Strathearn when in Scotland.

If they are in Scotland, it's less a matter of insult, and more of confusion. Few people would know Andrews lesser title. Or Williams if not a huge fan.
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