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Old 06-08-2009, 07:19 AM
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Actually, you are wrong...
You are quite correct regarding the Peerage Act of 1963. In that case, should Prince Charles inherit the Dukedom of Edinburgh, he may disclaim it, which would suspend the title, although I don't know whether he would be able to re-grant it once he is King. I suppose legally it would revert to the Crown once he ascends the throne, but whether that would change the status of a suspended title is uncertain.

However, I must disagree with you regarding the amendment of the letters patent. The Dukedom of Edinburgh itself may only be inherited according to the remainder defined in the Letters Patent of creation, unless modified by an Act of Parliament. And this has been done before.

George V had his Letters Patent amended to include the style and title of HRH for the children of Elizabeth and Philip. His original Letters Patent, dated 30 November 1917, did not include this provision, and were amended in October 1948.

The letter of George V regarding this states "... We deem it expedient that the aforesaid Letters Patent should be amended and extended in manner hereinafter declared..."

and the letter from Whitehall dated 18 October states "It will be observed that the Letters Patent will in effect constitute an amendment and extension of the Letters Patent of the 30th November, 1917, of which a copy was enclosed with Dadd's letter of the 12th Oct."

The style of HRH is nothing more than a title, as is the Dukedom of Edinburgh, even though the former is not hereditary and the latter is.

Sorry about the 'Duchy' error. Of course I meant Dukedom, but sometimes my mind races faster than my fingers. LOL. You were right to point out that error.
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Old 06-08-2009, 04:19 PM
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1) I don't think that anyone can legally renounce the right to succeed to a title. The Peerage Act 1963 only enabled peers to disclaim their titles, but that person's heir could not hold the disclaimed title until the death of the person who disclaimed it. In other words, only Philip can disclaim the title of Duke of Edinburgh, but Charles would still succeed to the title after Philip's death.
Philip can't disclaim his peerage. That had to be done within a year after the act became law.
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Old 06-08-2009, 05:00 PM
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George VI, in 1948, added to the LPs issued by his father in 1917, more than actually change them from the existing line of inheritance. What you are suggesting is actually passing over the first four in line of inheritance to that title.

As there is a way that Harry could inherit the title directly it wouldn't be possible to really change the LPs to pass them to a younger son over the second son of the current heir.

If William has a daughter and no son, then dies before The Queen, Philip and Charles (highly unlikely I know but still possible) then the crown would pass to that daughter but Edinburgh to Harry directly.

If a change was made to exclude Charles', William's, Harry's and Andrew's claim to the Edinburgh title it would really open a can of worms for titles.

The easiest way of dealing with the matter is the way proposed. Wait until it merges with the crown (assuming it does) and then recreate it for Edward.
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Old 06-09-2009, 09:17 PM
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I wonder if he'd be created Earl of Something like Edward, in the expectation that eventually he'll take the Duke of York title probably during William's reign. On the other hand, it probably makes more sense for that title to wait for William's second son. At least that means it'll be longer before the York title leaves the royal family. I think it's a shame that the Gloucester title, with all its royal history, will no longer be royal when the present Duke dies.
If William or Harry marry while The Queen still reigns, she may choose to create them Earls, rather than Dukes. Given that her youngest son was created Earl of Wessex, with the understanding Charles would create him Duke of Edinburgh in due course, the same reasoning could be applied to William or Harry, even though they are much closer to the throne than Edward.

Once Charles is King, William will automatically become The Duke of Cornwall and Harry could be granted a dukedom once he is a son of The Sovereign. Their sons could then use the earldoms as courtesy styles, possibly in place of being known as HRH Prince X, similar to James, Viscount Severn.

The Dukedom of Gloucester will no longer be of royal rank after the death of HRH Prince Richard, but it will remain a royal dukedom in the sense it is only created for the blood royal.
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Well, in William and Harry's case..we can only speculate. What I think will happen is this: Charles becomes king...the title merges back into the Crown, and then he re-creates it for Edward...plain and simple. Assuming everyone lives in line to it...and Charles is king and both Philip has obviously passed away.

I have enjoyed reading all your posts, as it helps me to understand this. But..it is still speculative at this point...and it is fun to try and guess.

I sometimes really wonder if the Queen reads things like this and says to herself... "Hahahahaha, they really have no idea just how many jewels I really have, or what will happen to William and Harry' titles when they marry!" LOL!!!!!!!
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Old 06-14-2009, 04:27 PM
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I will make a prediction and predict, that if The Queen is still alive when Princes Willaim and Harry marry, Prince William will be granted the Dukedoms of either Clarence or Cambridge. And I think Prince Harry will be given the Dukedom of Sussex.

When Harry has children will his children be titled Prince/Princess? Or would it take a letters of patent from the Queen, or if she is deceased, letters from Charles?
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Old 06-14-2009, 04:31 PM
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If the Queen would still be alive, Henry's children would not be Princes, because they would be great-grandchildren of the Queen; but if (or when) Charles would become King Henry's children would be Princes, as granchildren of the King.
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Old 06-14-2009, 04:42 PM
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If the Queen issued Letters of Patent they could be titled Princes/Princesses?

I read somewhere that if the Queen is still alive, and Prince Harry has children she would created Letters to entitle them to these titles, if Harry wanted to.
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Old 06-14-2009, 05:02 PM
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If the Queen issued Letters of Patent they could be titled Princes/Princesses?

I read somewhere that if the Queen is still alive, and Prince Harry has children she would created Letters to entitle them to these titles, if Harry wanted to.

The Queen could issue amendments to the LPs of 1917, in the same way that her father did in 1948 so that her children were born HRH.

Whether she would do so is another matter. As she has allowed the children of one of her own children to not use the HRH she may feel that it would not be appropriate to issue new LPs granting the use of HRH for her great-grandchildren but let history take its natural course.

Harry's children will only become HRH if Charles becomes king. If Charles predeceases the Queen then Harry's children won't qualify for the HRH and she may prefer that as a means of reducing the number of HRHs and therefore the number of 'royal' members of the family.
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I've remembered that the royal Dukedom of Sussex is not held by anyone at present, too.
The Dukedom of Sussex is indeed not held by anyone, along with the Dukedoms of Clarence, Cambridge and Cumberland. I am guessing that they will be revived for Harry when Charles becomes King and for him and William's children
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The Dukedom of Sussex is indeed not held by anyone, along with the Dukedoms of Clarence, Cambridge and Cumberland. I am guessing that they will be revived for Harry when Charles becomes King and for him and William's children
Cumberland is still technically extant, but suspended, under the Titles Deprivation Act of 1917, which allows for a petition to the Crown for restoration of the peerage to Prince Ernst-August of Hanover, the current Head of the Royal House of Hanover. The Hanovers never have done so, but they retain their legal right to exercise that option.

Clarence is unlikely to be revived since it is associated with rather bad luck, given the premature death of Prince Eddy from influenza. Sussex or Cambridge are possibilities for the future.
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the Albany line has died out.
to my understanding, the dukedom of albany has not reverted back to the crown, as the male line has not died out, thus the currant heir is non other than prince hubertus of saxe-coburg- gotha (born 1961), in whom is vested the right to claim the dukedom / has the right of petition to the title (but as yet he has not done so).

i feel that you may be confused by the fact that his grandfather johann leopold had lost his rights to the dukedom of saxe-coburg-gotha, via his morganatic marriage (s). this does not affect the british titles & peerages only the german, as there is no such thing as a morganatic marriage in britain.

yes prince hubertus has much as a right than his hanoverian counterpart, prince ernst august (born 1954) to claim the titles lost in 1919.

i hope this clears up the question for you.........
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Hubertus would indeed be the current holder of the Dukedom of Albany, but does not hold royal rank and style as a Prince of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, due to his grandfather's and father's morganatic marriages. This has so impact on his rights to a British peerage and Albany remains extant, but suspended, under the Titles Deprivation Act.

He does retain the right to repetition the Crown for restoration of his British peerage and has male issue.
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As I understand (and as branchg confirmed) under the titles Deprivation Act of 1917, the male heirs of Prince Charles Edward, 2nd Duke of Albany, have the right to petition the British Crown for the restoration of his peerages, although none have tried to date.

But assuming Hubertus Prinz von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha or his son, Sebastian Hubertus Prinz von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha will decide one day to petition for the restoration of their peerages, what would be required for that and who will make the decision (the Queen or the Government)?


Of course, I doubt that any claimant to the Duchy of Albany will actually ever try to appeal; the British newspapers would have a field day reciting the involvement of their ancestor, Prince Charles, 2nd Duke of Albany, in both World War 1 and World War 2, especially his involvement with Hitler's 'undesirables' programme (which he simply couldn't be unaware of, as he was the head of the German Red Cross).
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Hubertus does not hold royal rank and style as a Prince of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, due to his grandfather's and father's morganatic marriages.
and so we now back to the old annoying question of ranks, styles and titles (why does it, when it comes to the royals , things get so confusing). i have seen varoius genealogies, books etc, which state that hubertus is a prince (prinz von) of saxe- coburg- gotha as was his father ernest leopold (1935-1996)

however i have noticed a slight differance concerning his cousins who retain their rights to the duchy of saxe-coburg- gotha, the word prince comes before that of their christian names. does this differance matter ?

it would now appear perhaps that i should have written hubertus, prince of and not prince hubertus of ....... please excuse my gaffe, sorry for the confusion, as i did not know.........
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I guess he is styled "Hubertus Prinz von Saxe-Coburg-Gotha" and not "Prinz Hubertus von Saxe-Coburg-Gotha" since in Germany "Prinz von Saxe-Coburg-Gotha" is legally used as surname.
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thank you mafan.
i think you may be correct there, why did i not think of that !!. i have still got a lot of learning and understanding to do in regards german surnames and titles ......

ps, isn't prince in german "prinz" and von means "of or from" thus prince of / from saxe...... very confusing indeed !!!
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But assuming Hubertus Prinz von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha or his son, Sebastian Hubertus Prinz von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha will decide one day to petition for the restoration of their peerages, what would be required for that and who will make the decision (the Queen or the Government)
The Government would make the decision and advise the Crown, along with the Privy Council. Since any restoration would be a purely political decision, The Queen would have to be neutral and accept the advise of her ministers in the matter.

There is no possibility of either the Hanovers or the Coburgs ever exercising their right to petition. Neither family lives in Britain and it is highly unlikely they would want to go through the publicity.
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The Government would make the decision and advise the Crown, along with the Privy Council. Since any restoration would be a purely political decision, The Queen would have to be neutral and accept the advise of her ministers in the matter.

There is no possibility of either the Hanovers or the Coburgs ever exercising their right to petition. Neither family lives in Britain and it is highly unlikely they would want to go through the publicity.
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I doubt they would ever want to go through the procedure either; there would be too much negative press and I sincerely doubt the Queen would be inclined to approve their petition in any case.
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Question the royal dukedoms- gloucester & kent

we all know at the dukes of the blood royal takes precedence before that of the dukes in the peerages of england, scotland, great britain, ireland and the united kingdom.

england 10 dukes - norfolk (1483) down to rutland (1703)
scotland 8 dukes - hamilton (1643) down to roxburgh (1707)
great britain 3 dukes - brandon (1711) down to northumberland (1766)
ireland 2 dukes - leinster (1766), abercorn (1868)
united kingdom 6 dukes - wellington (1814) down to fife (1900)
this list is helpful as it shows the exact order of precedence of the dukes, for example the english dukes go before that of scotland (and so on), thus the duke of rutland goes before that of hamilton, whose title is much older !! also the duke of abercorn whose family has not achieved greatness goes before that of wellington, whose ancestor the first duke was the saviour of his country and those title is some fifty years older.

well what this is leading up to is this -

when the present dukes of gloucester and kent dies, these dukedoms will become non royal. thus their place in precedence will drop immensley.

i think they will rank after that of fife, assumimg that the dukedom of gloucester (created 1928) and that of kent (created 1934) were both created in peerage of the united kingdom. however if both dukedoms was created in the peerage of great britain they would rank below that of northumberland and adove that of leinster, abercorn and wellington.........etc

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