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Old 08-17-2012, 02:52 PM
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When Sophie Rhys-Jones married Prince Edward, I believe she rejected the title "Princess".
Not true. She is a princess and Royal Highness by marriage.

Her correct style & title is Her Royal Highness The Princess Edward, The Countess of Wessex.

We shorten that to HRH The Countess of Wessex, for convenience. I believe the Court does that as well.
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Old 08-17-2012, 02:55 PM
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It is not that we shorten it, she is known by her husbands title which is The Earl of Wessex, so she is known at The Countess.
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Old 08-17-2012, 02:56 PM
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Not only does the Countess also the Court Circular does also. And they preferred an Earldom, with their children styled as children of an earl, not that of an royal earl.
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Old 08-17-2012, 03:00 PM
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Not only does the Countess also the Court Circular does also. And they preferred an Earldom, with their children styled as children of an earl, not that of an royal earl.
Well they took on the Earldom because its already been agreed that when HRH The Duke of Edinburgh passes on, that Charles, William, Harry, and Andrew will all decline the title and that it will be created (with a new patent) for Edward, and his son and heirs.
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Not only does the Countess also the Court Circular does also. And they preferred an Earldom, with their children styled as children of an earl, not that of an royal earl.
It was done that way with the intent to give Edward the Dukedom of Edinburgh when his father passes.
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Old 08-17-2012, 04:30 PM
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Please note that all of the Queen's children no longer officially get the Prince/Princess styling officially, except Charles in Scotland, as they have substantive titles to go with their prince/princess ones.

Edward, since being created Earl of Wessex, has only been officially called HRH The Earl of Wessex so of course his wife is HRH The Countess of Wessex.
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Old 08-17-2012, 06:45 PM
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Well they took on the Earldom because its already been agreed that when HRH The Duke of Edinburgh passes on, that Charles, William, Harry, and Andrew will all decline the title and that it will be created (with a new patent) for Edward, and his son and heirs.

This is NOT what was announced at the time.

What was announced was that when both The Queen and Philip had passed and the Duke of Edinburgh title had merged with the Crown i.e. when Charles became King, the title would be recreated for Edward.

The official monarchy website: http://www.royal.gov.uk/ThecurrentRo...%20Wessex.aspx
says At the same time (the previous point was relating to his creation as Earl of Wessex) it was announced that His Royal Highness will be given the title Duke of Edinburgh in due course, when the present title now held by Prince Philip eventually reverts to the Crown.

The BBC report from the day of the wedding BBC NEWS | Special Report | 1999 | 06/99 | royal wedding | Wessex titles for Edward and Sophie It has also been agreed that Edward will also become Duke of Edinburgh after the death of his mother, the Queen, and his father, Prince Philip, who currently holds the dukedom.
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Old 08-17-2012, 08:29 PM
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Women who marry British princes, like Sophie did, take the female version of their husbands titles but they do not become "Princess Sophie". Had Edward not been created an Earl she would have become HRH The Princess Edward but instead is now HRH The Countess of Wessex.
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You are correct - they take the female version of their husband's name - and so she became The Princess Edward along with The Countess of Wessex and Viscountess Severn.
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Old 08-28-2012, 07:00 PM
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why does after 1 princess royal passes it takes a couple yrs for the next one 2 be named example
when princess Mary who died in 1965 princess Anne did not take on the title till 1987
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Because the title is not automatic but within the gift of the Sovereign.

Found this on wikipedia

"Princess Royal is a style customarily (but not automatically) awarded by a British Monarch to his or her eldest daughter. The style is held for life, so a princess cannot be given the style during the lifetime of another Princess Royal. In particular,Queen Elizabeth II never held the title as her aunt, Princess Mary, was in possession of the title."
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Old 08-28-2012, 09:06 PM
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I would say with Elizabeth being the heir it could have gone to Margaret.
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Old 08-28-2012, 10:57 PM
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I would say with Elizabeth being the heir it could have gone to Margaret.
No as it is by tradition limited to the eldest daughter of the monarch and Margaret was never in that position.

In addition there can only be one at a time so George VI never had the chance to name Elizabeth Princess Royal as his sister outlived him.

Although Elizabeth took some time to name Anne as PR George V didn't naming his daughter PR less than a year later.

I think the idea of appropriate mourning might play into it as well as the monarch is naming their daughter to a title that was formally held by an often much loved sister, which is different with the Prince of Wales title as the previous holder is often the one to confer the new title and so is very much alive.
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Old 08-29-2012, 04:46 PM
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thank u i should have though of the mourning period thing i probably sounded cold
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So when Anne dies (which I don't even want to think about right now) and if William and Kate have a daughter, the title will go to her.
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So when Anne dies (which I don't even want to think about right now) and if William and Kate have a daughter, the title will go to her.
Only if William is King by the time, and even then not automatically.

The title is traditionally (but not always) given to the eldest surviving daughter of the Monarch. Princess Anne will have the title for life: if she passes away during the lifetime of King William, and if the latter has a daughter, it is probable she'll be created The Princess Royal. Most probably, that'll happen after she comes of age. Then again, that may never happen: basically, granting or not granting his eldest daughter the title will be upon William's discretion.
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Old 08-29-2012, 07:12 PM
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In this scenario, would William name his daughter as Princess Royal if by that time equal primogeniture has come about? I'm thinking that if Anne were to pass on during William's reign, out of respect for her, the title of Princess Royal wouldn't be used as its a lifetime title and his first daughter would eventually be Queen.

Guess we'll just have to wait and see what happens on this one eh?
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The only way William's first daughter could become queen would be if she also happened to be the firstborn of their children. A first daughter could very well have one or more brothers and still be named Princess Royal as being the first female child of William and Kate.
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Even if William's first-born child is a girl (and as such, the future Monarch), there would be no obstacles for William to create his daughter The Princess Royal as well.

While an appropriate mourning period for Princess Anne would be observed, there is no reason why the title should skip a generation, so to speak.
For instance, Victoria, Princess Royal died in 1901 and only 4 years later Princess Louise was granted the title. Louise, Princess Royal herself died in 1931, and only a year later Princess Mary was given the title. Following Mary's death in 1965, the title then was vacant for the second-longest period in its history - 22 years - until Anne was created The Princess Royal in 1987.
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^^^^^
Of course in Victoria's case she had lived outside the UK for years and was better known at the time of her death as German Empress so her association with the titled had dimmed.
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