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Old 09-01-2007, 08:09 PM
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Didn't the Queen create Alice a Princess in her own right to enable her to use Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester?
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Old 09-01-2007, 08:20 PM
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No, it was just a courtsey title. But, it really didn't matter. She was older and know one would have known she was going to live until she was 102 years old. Not that that mattered.
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Old 09-02-2007, 12:37 AM
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How come Princess Anne, Princess of Royal daughter Zara Phillips and her son don't have titles of their own?
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Old 09-02-2007, 02:20 AM
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Grandchildren of the sovereign through a female line don't automatically hold any style or title, and their father wasn't granted one of his own.

Had, say, Mark Phillips been granted the title of "Earl of Anywhere", with the subsidiary title of "Viscount Nonsuch," Peter would be "Viscount Nonsuch," and Zara would be "The Lady Zara Phillips."
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Old 09-02-2007, 02:29 AM
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How come Princess Anne, Princess of Royal daughter Zara Phillips and her son don't have titles of their own?

May I make a technical point - Anne's title is 'The Princess Royal' not Princess OF Royal (I am just pointing out a minor error of no real consequence and I hope that I am not causing offence in giving you the correct wording of Anne's title).
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Old 09-02-2007, 03:14 AM
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Didn't the Queen create Alice a Princess in her own right to enable her to use Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester?
I don't think Letters Patent were ever issued, which is what would have been needed to create her a Princess in her own right formally. I doubt the Queen would have formally gone against what George V had decided where HRHs are concerned. However, as the daughter of one of the "common little Scottish girls" so despised by the excruciatingly blue-blooded Princess Marina, perhaps she thought the other common little Scottish girl deserved her own Princess style even if it wasn't official.
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Old 09-02-2007, 10:55 AM
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Didn't the Queen create Alice a Princess in her own right to enable her to use Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester?
No, she did not. However, Alice was already a princess of the UK by marriage ("HRH The Princess Henry"), so essentially The Queen was granting her the style of HRH Princess of the UK in her own right, as the widow of a son of the Sovereign.
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Old 09-02-2007, 11:08 AM
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No, she did not. However, Alice was already a princess of the UK by marriage ("HRH The Princess Henry"), so essentially The Queen was granting her the style of HRH Princess of the UK in her own right, as the widow of a son of the Sovereign.
Was she really a Princess of The UK? Is a Princess of the UK not a Princess of The Blood Royal? Was Alice not still a commoner married to a Prince of The Blood Royal and thus entitled to use her husband's title by virture of the marriage? Her Majesty would surely have had to issue letters patent or at the very least a statement to give Alice any rights of a Princess of the UK.
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Old 09-02-2007, 11:22 AM
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I think a statement was issued, but if you look at the list of Letters Patent, there isn't one granting Alice the status of a Princess in her own right. However, widows of princes remain HRH after their husband's death so Alice would have been HRH the Dowager Duchess of Gloucester without the Queen's agreement for her to use HRH Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester.
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Was she really a Princess of The UK? Is a Princess of the UK not a Princess of The Blood Royal? Was Alice not still a commoner married to a Prince of The Blood Royal and thus entitled to use her husband's title by virture of the marriage? Her Majesty would surely have had to issue letters patent or at the very least a statement to give Alice any rights of a Princess of the UK.
Upon marriage to HRH The Prince Henry, Lady Alice became HRH The Princess Henry as the wife of a son of the Sovereign, the same as any woman who marries a prince of the UK. He was created The Duke of Gloucester by George V, so his wife was styled as HRH The Duchess of Gloucester.

A princess can hold the rank and title by birth or marriage. Lady Alice was born the daughter of a Duke, so she was never a commoner. Her rank and title after her marriage was superior to her own and she retained it for her lifetime as a widow.
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It seems that in recent times, titles are as much by common use and agreement than by fixed rules and protocol. From Princess Alice to Lady Louise to the Duchess of Cornwall...
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It seems that in recent times, titles are as much by common use and agreement than by fixed rules and protocol. From Princess Alice to Lady Louise to the Duchess of Cornwall...
Not really. Titles differ from styles, which can be agreed upon by the fount of honour without issuing letters patent or a royal warrant.

Alice remained a princess of the UK through marriage as a widow, so granting her the style of Princess Alice was consistent with her rank and title. Louise is the daughter of an Earl, in addition to being a princess of the UK, and Camilla is Duchess of Cornwall as the wife of the Duke of Cornwall.
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Another Question on Titles, this may have been discussed previously but I can't find it and was wondering is HM The Queen somewhere way down her long list of titles, The Princess Philip, Duchess of Edinburgh, Countess of Merioneth, Baroness Greenwich? Or does here Queen status rule all these invalid??
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Old 10-21-2007, 02:28 PM
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Another Question on Titles, this may have been discussed previously but I can't find it and was wondering is HM The Queen somewhere way down her long list of titles, The Princess Philip, Duchess of Edinburgh, Countess of Merioneth, Baroness Greenwich? Or does here Queen status rule all these invalid??
It's a somewhat grey area. Since those are all titles granted by the crown, it would be impossible for her to hold them. But then, if she were to abdicate, she would immediately hold them. It's more like they're a dress that she owns, but is the wrong size for her while she's the Queen, so she has to keep them in a closet somewhere.
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This is a random question but just out of curiosity...if Charles had a son or daughter from another relaitonship besides Diana, like a love child LOL. Would they be given some kind of title? Or would that be looked down upon...
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Old 10-21-2007, 06:51 PM
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This is a random question but just out of curiosity...if Charles had a son or daughter from another relaitonship besides Diana, like a love child LOL. Would they be given some kind of title? Or would that be looked down upon...
I'm thinking that whether the child has a title would be at the discretion of Her Majesty. I don't think she'd countenance it, but that's my impression of her.

I wonder if the child would have such an obvious surname as maybe...FitzMountbatten, FitzCharles, FitzCornwall; thinking of the Hanoverians.
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Old 10-21-2007, 07:36 PM
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Has anyone heard about an alledged Contessa that goes as Contessa Fraggianni, who, one minute says she is Honorary and the next she is a Real contessa and is somehow related directly to Queen Elizabeth and Juan Carlos. Can anyone fill me in on this?
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Old 10-22-2007, 01:21 AM
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Another Question on Titles, this may have been discussed previously but I can't find it and was wondering is HM The Queen somewhere way down her long list of titles, The Princess Philip, Duchess of Edinburgh, Countess of Merioneth, Baroness Greenwich? Or does here Queen status rule all these invalid??
The Edinburgh, Merioneth, and Greenwich titles aren't the Queen's titles; they are her husband's and were granted to him. In other words she is not Duchess of Edinbugh in her own right, but IS Duchess of Edinburgh only by way of being the wife of the Duke of Edinburgh. Since she has a higher (to put it mildly) title in her own right, though, she doesn't need to go by any of the ones you listed.
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This is a random question but just out of curiosity...if Charles had a son or daughter from another relaitonship besides Diana, like a love child LOL. Would they be given some kind of title? Or would that be looked down upon...
They wouldn't automatically have any rank. They could theoretically be given a title, but that would depend on the mood of the day.
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Old 10-22-2007, 02:31 PM
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The Edinburgh, Merioneth, and Greenwich titles aren't the Queen's titles; they are her husband's and were granted to him. In other words she is not Duchess of Edinbugh in her own right, but IS Duchess of Edinburgh only by way of being the wife of the Duke of Edinburgh. Since she has a higher (to put it mildly) title in her own right, though, she doesn't need to go by any of the ones you listed.
I understand she doesn't own these titles herself and she never needs to use them but I was wondeing if she does have them somewhere? After all before her marriage she was HRH The Princess Elizabeth, Duchess of Edinburgh.

Thanks for the other answers by the way.
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