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Old 07-09-2012, 04:04 PM
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Old 07-09-2012, 04:29 PM
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Well Charles and Anne were born HRH and Prince and Princess because of letters patent issued by their grandfather George VI.
Just checking with you! When it is said they were made HRH and Prince and Princess by the Queen's father does that not mean it is set and they are those titles because he made them so not because their mother became Queen?
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Old 07-09-2012, 04:40 PM
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Even if George VI hadn't issued Letters Patent granting all (future) children of the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh the style of Royal Highness and the title of British Prince/Princess, they would automatically have them the moment their mother became Queen.

According to Letters Patent 1917, only the following people have the right to the style of Royal Highness, and the title of British Prince or Princess:
- Sons of the Sovereign
- Daughters of the Sovereign
- Male-line grandchildren of the Sovereign
- The eldest son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales
- Wives of the British Princes

When Charles and Anne were born, their mother was still Heiress Presumptive to the Throne; as female-line grandchildren of the Sovereign, they were not eligible to have any styles or titles but those they could inherit from their father. Thus, Prince Charles would have, under normal circumstances, been Charles Mountbatten, Earl of Merioneth, and Anne - The Lady Anne Mountbatten. To avoid the situation when the children of the future Queen would be "mere" Lords and Ladies, George VI issued Letters Patent 1948 granting the children of Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh princely titles and the style Royal Highness.

Prince Andrew and Prince Edward would have been Princes and Royal Highnesses anyway, even if the Letters Patent hadn't been issued, as they were born during their mother's reign (the Sovereign's sons).
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Old 07-09-2012, 05:16 PM
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The Letters Patent of 1917 limits the style and rank of HRH Prince/Princess to the children of The Sovereign, the male-line grandchildren and the eldest son of the eldest son of The Prince of Wales. Grandchildren of sons of The Sovereign are styled as the children of a Duke ("Lord/Lady Windsor").

The status of wives is not spelled out implicitly, which raised questions later when George VI asked the Lord Chancellor and Home Secretary to tender advice as to whether Wallis Simpson had the right to automatically become Her Royal Highness The Princess Edward upon marriage to the former King.

The conclusion in 1937 was a wife automatically takes the style and title of her husband upon marriage in common law, but when it came to royal rank, The Sovereign can bestow or deny the style of HRH Prince/Princess at any time as the fount of honour.
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Old 07-09-2012, 07:22 PM
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Are Lords and Ladies like the children of HM's cousins (like Lord Frederick and Lady Gabriella Windsor) styled His/Her Highness Lord/Lady, the Lord/Lady or just Lord/Lady *insert name here*?.
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Old 07-09-2012, 07:31 PM
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Are Lords and Ladies like the children of HM's cousins (like Lord Frederick and Lady Gabriella Windsor) styled His/Her Highness Lord/Lady, the Lord/Lady or just Lord/Lady *insert name here*?.
In Britain, the style HH (His/Her Highness) is very rarely used, and practically never for members of the British Royal Family, including extended members.
Lord Frederick and Lady Gabriella are thus styled simply as The Lord Frederick Windsor and The Lady Gabriella Windsor, with no additional styles or titles.

The same is true for other members of the extended royal family, unless they are entitled to certain styles as male line grandchildren of the Sovereign or the eldest sons of the Peers (the latter use their fathers' second most important title as their courtesy styles). For instance, the son of the Duke of Gloucester is not a Royal Highness (as a great-grandchild, not a grandchild, of a Sovereign); however, as his father's eldest son, he is styled as Earl Ulster, while his own son, Xan Richard Windsor, is styled as Lord Culloden (the Duke of Gloucester's second and third most important titles).
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Old 07-28-2012, 07:09 PM
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I have a question. I know Prince Andrews daughters Beatrice and Eugenie are Princesses. How come Princess Anne's children Zara and Peter do not possess titles?
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Old 07-28-2012, 07:40 PM
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I have a question. I know Prince Andrews daughters Beatrice and Eugenie are Princesses. How come Princess Anne's children Zara and Peter do not possess titles?

Princess Anne turned down the offer for titles for them. Anne technically couldn't pass on titles to them, but The Queen offered titles, (don't know if it was lord/lady or whatever) :)
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Old 07-28-2012, 07:46 PM
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IIRC, a title was offered to Zara and Peter's father, which is the only way the children would have been born titled. But, Princess Anne and Mr. Phillips decided against it, opting for a different kind of life for their children.

I do not know for certain that HM has offered another time, to bestow titles on the children - I think not, but someone more knowledgeable will come along and confirm or correct what I just said.
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Old 07-28-2012, 08:47 PM
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Princess Anne turned down the offer for titles for them. Anne technically couldn't pass on titles to them, but The Queen offered titles, (don't know if it was lord/lady or whatever) :)
So could she not pass a title because only a male royal can bestow one or is it based simply on Anne's choosing to go the different route. I was always kind of confused by her being referred to as Princess Royal.
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Old 07-28-2012, 08:48 PM
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IIRC, a title was offered to Zara and Peter's father, which is the only way the children would have been born titled. But, Princess Anne and Mr. Phillips decided against it, opting for a different kind of life for their children.

I do not know for certain that HM has offered another time, to bestow titles on the children - I think not, but someone more knowledgeable will come along and confirm or correct what I just said.
I appreciate all of the answers. Always been intrigued by the royal family.
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Old 07-28-2012, 10:31 PM
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"Princess Royal" is a courtesy title bestowed by British monarchs on their eldest daughters. While certainly an honour, it does not carry any particular or additional significance apart from the title itself.
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Old 07-29-2012, 12:18 AM
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So could she not pass a title because only a male royal can bestow one or is it based simply on Anne's choosing to go the different route.
Both in this case. :)
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Old 08-03-2012, 12:58 PM
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Children of Princess Anne and Prince Edward

The children of Princess Anne and Prince Edward are not called Princes or Princesses, and are not referred to as HRH.

Those of Prince Andrew are.

Is there some formal reason or rule behind this?
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Old 08-03-2012, 01:02 PM
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Princess Ann and her husband at the time requested their children not be given a title by the Queen.


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Old 08-03-2012, 01:12 PM
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In 1917, George V issued Letters Patent limiting the style of Royal Highness and the title of British Prince and Princess to male-line grandchildren of the Monarch.

Those Letters Patent are still in force, meaning Princess Anne's children (as female-line grandchildren of the Monarch) could have only those titles and styles they inherited from their father; since Mark Phillips was untitled, they have none. The Queen offered a nobility title to Mark, so that their children have at least some styles and titles; Anne and Mark, however, declined the offer in the hope their children will have a relatively normal life, away from royal duties and prying eyes of the media (a wish that has been largely fulfilled).

The case of Prince Edward's children is a bit more complicated. Legally, James and Louise are a British Prince and Princess with the style of Royal Highness since Letters Patent 1917 have not been cancelled or revoked. However, at the time of Edward and Sophie's marriage, the Buckingham Palace released an announcement which said the couple wanted their future children to be styled as children of an Earl - rather than male-line grandchildren of the Monarch - in the hope they'll have a normal childhood. Hence, Louise is just Lady Louise, while James is styled Viscount Severn (the eldest sons of the Peers usually use their fathers' second highest title as their style; Viscount Severn is currently Prince Edward's second-highest title).

In future, if they want to, they probably will be able to use the styles and titles that are their by right - unless, of course, no new Letters Patent are issued. Although personally I find that very unlikely.

Since at the time of Andrew and Sarah's marriage no special announcement was made concerning their children's titles, Prince Andrews children, as male-line grandchildren of the Monarch, are Princesses and Royal Highnesses by default - same as William and Harry.
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Anne had no title to pass on to her children, The style and title of HRH and Prince of the United Kingdom passes only through the male line. A peerage was offered to Mark Phillips but he and Anne decided it would be best for their children to be untitled and live as normal a life as possible so no peerage was granted.

In Prince Edwards case it was announced at the title of his marriage that the children would not use the style and title of HRH Prince/Princess but would be styled and titled as the children of an Earl. Edward was created Earl of Wessex when he married so his daughter is known as Lady Louise and his son is Viscount Severn. It was apparently his wish that his children also have as normal a life as possible. At a future time Edward is supposed to be created Duke of Edinburgh and his children will rank as the son and daughter of a duke. It is unlikely they will ever be known as HRH and Prince/Princess regardless of the 1917 Letters Patent because of the desire to slim down the royal family.

Andrews children are HRH and Princess because they are male line grandchildren of the monarch, and because they were born before anyone seriously talked about slimming down the royal family. Had he married and had children later in life it might have been the case that they also would be styled as "Lady" and not as Princess.
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Okay, so I just got an e-mail about a response to something I posted.
Strange enough, I cannot find this message (nor my question) anywhere...
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The discussion about the name a Monarch takes upon accession has been moved to the Naming Customs of British Royalty, Regnal Name and Numeration thread.

Posts regarding non-British styles and titles have been moved to the Questions about Styles and Titles thread in the General Royal Discussion forum.
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Old 08-06-2012, 04:42 PM
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Okay, so I just got an e-mail about a response to something I wrote.
Strange enough, I cannot find this message (nor my question) anywhere...
Your question was "Will Charles be king, won't he abduct [sic] in favour of William?".
As it had no relevance to the topic of this thread and has been answered many times elsewhere ("NO"), a Moderator deleted it.
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