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Old 06-18-2016, 05:11 AM
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Yeps. Unless (let's say for example) she married Hasnat Khan. Then she'd be Mrs. Hasnat Khan and lose the courtesy styling as an ex-wife of a peer.

William's addressing her as "mum" would never change. Ever.
Obviously, his personal way of addressing her wont change.
But if she had married Hasnat Khan or Oliver Hoare or whoever, she woudl be Lady Diana Khan/Hoare or whatever her husband's surname was. Her Lady Diana courtesy title would not disappear and she could still use it if she married an untitled man. of course if she married a peer she would take HIS title.
I think that had she lived, it would have been better to give her a peerage in her own right.. to take away the "Princess" problem if C remarried..
If Diana was say Countess of Brington.. (is that the name of hte village near to her home?) she would have a settled title in her own right. if she remarried and had more children- they would be Lady Mary X or The Hon Christoper X..I think it woudl have satisfied her to have a title that was hers, and not dependent on being Charles' ex wife or William's mother.
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Old 06-18-2016, 05:29 AM
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[...] William as the monarch could, with the prerogative of a monarch's will and pleasure, deem to restore his mother's HRH and create her a Princess of the UK in her own right [...]
I think the words "to restore" are not correct. As the wedded spouse to the Prince of Wales Diana could be addressed by the same form of address used for her spouse, being addressed with her spouse's titles and enjoying her spouse's rank and status in society. With the end of said marriage logically the whole situation changed.

Using the word "restoration" implicates to return to Diana what was hers. But the form of address (Her Royal Highness), the titles (Princess of Wales, Duchess of Rothesay, Duchess of Cornwall, etc.) and the rank and status in society Diana once enjoyed were never hers: it was all derived from her marriage to Charles.

Imagine that Diana was still alive. Imagine that in 20 years (= 2036) Prince William will be King. That means that Diana was no HRH and no Princess of the United Kingdom for 40 years. Maybe she was now known as Lady Diana Khan or as Lady Diana Al-Fayed. And then suddenly King William IV would create her a Princess and give her the form of address of a Royal Highness? Most unlikely, if you ask me.
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Old 06-18-2016, 05:32 AM
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But there was no reason to give her a title of her own.
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Old 06-18-2016, 05:35 AM
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You're absolutely right and thanks for the correction, She would be Lady Diana, Mrs. Khan or something to that effect. I'm still learning about British titles and styles and this fascinates me.

I don't think, however, she would have ever been considered a candidate for her own peerage. Most peerages that are created now are lifetime peerages for one person's lifetime and isn't passed down. Its by the recommendation and by Parliament as in the case of Margaret Thatcher. Its the Queen's prerogative to create royal dukes and/or create someone a Prince or Princess in their own right and from what we've already witnessed, HM doesn't hand them out like candy. To appease anything people believe or to resolve a princess problem would not really cut it in her book.

Diana, sadly, sealed her own fate on how the monarchy regarded her by her own actions and revelations to the public.
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Old 06-18-2016, 05:36 AM
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Yeps. Unless (let's say for example) she married Hasnat Khan. Then she'd be Mrs. Hasnat Khan and lose the courtesy styling as an ex-wife of a peer. [...]
No, she would haved been Lady Diana Khan. Daughters of Dukes, Marquesses and Earls keep their prefix Lady when the spouse has no higher title outranking it.

Compare it to Lady Melissa van Straubenzee (and not Mrs Thomas van Straubenzee), Lady Sarah McCorquodale (not Mrs Neil McCorquodale), Lady Sarah Chatto (not Mrs Daniel Chatto), Lady Rose Gilman (not Mrs George Gilman), Lady Helen Taylor (not Mrs Timothy Taylor).

Lady Serena Stanhope (at the time of the marriage she was still The Hon. Serena Stanhope) is married with a titled husband and therefore is known with her soupse's style: Viscountess Linley. Would David Linley have had no title, then she would not have been Mrs David Linley but Lady Serena Linley. Same mechanism as the examples mentioned.
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Old 06-18-2016, 05:46 AM
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You're absolutely right and thanks for the correction, Sh

I don't think, however, she would have ever been considered a candidate for her own peerage. M

Diana, sadly, sealed her own fate on how the monarchy regarded her by her own actions and revelations to the public.
Thatcher gave out a few hereditary peerages and I think that whatever diana's faults, she was in many ways an excellent Princess of wales and mgiht have been a great Queen. I think that the queen while I can understand her frustration abut Diana at times, coud have tried to be more generous to her
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Old 06-18-2016, 05:51 AM
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Thatcher gave out a few hereditary peerages [...]
What would have been the use to give Lady Diana Khan or Lady Diana Al-Fayed a hereditary peerage? As you might know, titles only pass via the heirs of the male body. And her children already were Princes of the United Kingdom, of course.
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Old 06-18-2016, 06:03 AM
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Thanks for the correction Duc. Using the word restore was the wrong choice. You can't restore to someone something that wasn't theirs in the first place. With being divorced from Charles, Diana lost her HRH address and was styled as a divorced wife of a peer. If she remarried anyone one (lets use Khan), she could be Lady Diana, Mrs. Khan which recognizes her family status and her married status.

William could never restore her HRH that she lost in the divorce but he could create her a HRH Princess Diana if the mood struck him to do so. BTW: I don't think titles and styles and whatever are changed for the deceased so this discussion, while interesting, is moot.

We saw that happen with Edward VIII's abdication. George VI created his brother HRH The Duke of Windsor with the provision that the HRH was for his use alone. Under common law and with peerages, Wallis was entitled to be called The Duchess of Windsor but not entitled to be addressed as HRH.

BTW: we're really veering very off topic unless any of this stuff was, by chance, revealed in Diana's secret tapes played backwards.
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[...] If she remarried anyone one (lets use Khan), she could be Lady Diana, Mrs. Khan which recognizes her family status and her married status.
Lady Diana Khan, she would have been.

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We saw that happen with Edward VIII's abdication. George VI created his brother HRH The Duke of Windsor [...]
Correct. But between the divorce in 1996 and an eventual creation of Lady Diana Khan as Princess of the United Kingdom in -let us assume- twenty years time, when William is King (2036), there is a gap of four decades (!). King George VI created his brother HRH The Duke of Windsor after the adbication.
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What would have been the use to give Lady Diana Khan or Lady Diana Al-Fayed a hereditary peerage? As you might know, titles only pass via the heirs of the male body. And her children already were Princes of the United Kingdom, of course.
In most cases should be added. There are a few remainders that allow the inheritance to go to the daughter.

We're talking peerages here and from my understanding, most peerages that are suggested to HM and approved by Parliament are lifetime peerages.

Royal peerages as the royal family has and uses and are the prerogative of HM, The Queen are usually steeped in historical meaning. First son and heir... Prince of Wales and Duke of Cornwall with all the trappings of the entitlement to be met. Duke of York... the second son. It was only with Edward VIII unprecedented abdication that a Duke of York became King. First daughter of a monarch.... Princess Royal.

Unprecedented was what we're witnessing with Edward. Eventually he'll be created Duke of Edinburgh by Charles as King as per the parent's wishes.

Diana would either have to discover a cure for cancer or solve world hunger singlehandedly or something spectacular for her to be considered for a peerage in her own right. To be honest, what she did was good but at the time it was her job. It was what she was expected to do. As a private citizen, Tony Blair could have put her up for the honors list but that never happened.
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Old 06-18-2016, 06:42 AM
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To be honest, as it is within the will and pleasure of the monarch, should he deem it to be, he could create his mother to be if she was still living....

HRH The Lady Diana, Mrs. Khan, Queen of Hearts and Mother to William V, King of the UK (with all his titles following), Grand Queen Mother of Hearts of the Children of HM, King William V (another long string of titles) and forever and always known from here on in as The Queen of Hearts of the People of the UK and the entire world.

Now that's a royal prerogative. Of course there'd be a whole lot of grief headed his way from those that he advises and reigns over and most likely he'd be deemed as mad as George III.

King George anyone?
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Not so. Thatcher gave hereditary peerages to various politicans, whom iM sure never did anyting spectacular. I think that giving Diana a peerage would have recognised her status as a former royal, who had done her job very well, and had a special place in the hearts of UK citizens. it does not matter that her sons were Princes, this would have beene for her..
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I stand very much corrected.

Doing a bit of research, this is what I found. The entire page though is interesting to read if one is wanting to learn about hereditary and life peerages.

"Hereditary peers used all have the right to sit and vote in the Lords, but the number who can do so has now been limited. The hereditary peers themselves vote to select which of them will take seats in the Lords. All life peers can sit and vote.

Life peerages are created all the time - several are created every year. Hereditary peerages more or less stopped being created in the early 1960s, apart from a brief period in Margaret Thatcher's later, odder years when she handed out hereditary peerages to a couple of ex-politicians of her own party. (In fairness to her, much as I dislike being fair to her, she might have offered hereditary peerages to ex-politicians of other parties, and they might have turned them down.)

Since Margaret Thatcher stood down there have been no further hereditary peerages created."

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IDuke of York... the second son. It was only with Edward VIII unprecedented abdication that a Duke of York became King. First daughter of a monarch.... Princess Royal.

A number of Dukes of York have become King - Henry VIII, Charles I, James II and George V come to mind along with George VI. The only reason the second son, another Duke of York, of George III didn't become King in 1830 was that he died in 1828 and so died before his brother but he was the heir presumptive for most of George IV's reign. It has actually only been inherited once and that was its first creation back in the middle ages when it finally merged with the Crown when Edward IV seized the Crown during the Wars of the Roses.

If Andrew were to remarry and have a son then the York title would pass to that son of course. It is interesting that when there has been a male heir born to a Duke of York that Duke of York has actually become King.

Back to the topic in hand: Diana's titles were those typical of a woman - from birth they were from her father and then from marriage from her husband. At her death she was styled as the divorced wife of a peer of the realm. She would have lost the right to use that styling had she remarried (a reason why I doubt that she would ever have remarried as she wasn't going to give up the right to use 'Princess of Wales). There would have been no reason to give her a title in her own right and definitely not an hereditary peerage that could pass titles to her children.
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There would have been no reason to give her a title in her own right and definitely not an hereditary peerage that could pass titles to her children.
if she had remarried and give up the right to use 'Princess of Wales'
i think it would have been appropriate to gave her a title in her own right as the mother of the king not because she is the ex wife of the heir apparent to the throne
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if she had remarried and give up the right to use 'Princess of Wales'
i think it would have been appropriate to gave her a title in her own right as the mother of the king not because she is the ex wife of the heir apparent to the throne
All her life long Diana was styled as daughter of Viscount Althorp (Hon. Diana Spencer), as daughter of Earl Spencer (Lady Diana Spencer), as spouse of HRH The Prince of Wales (HRH The Princess of Wales) and as ex-spouse of the Prince of Wales (Diana, Princess of Wales). Was she married to her Beau, Mr Dodi Al-Fayed then she reverted back to her style of an Earl's daughter marrying with someone without title: Lady Diana Al-Fayed.

I am not sure how Lady Diana Al-Fayed could have been made a Countess or something in her own right and what this would have changed. In the married situation she still would be Mr Al-Fayed's wife and be part of his Egyptian family.
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if she had remarried and give up the right to use 'Princess of Wales'
i think it would have been appropriate to gave her a title in her own right as the mother of the king not because she is the ex wife of the heir apparent to the throne
Even if she had remarried though, she would still be able to use the styling of Lady as a daughter of an Earl. As it stands now, when she died, her styling of Diana, Princess of Wales denoted that she was at one time a Princess of Wales. Had she remained married to Charles, she would have remained HRH, The Princess of Wales.

Another factor is that should Diana had lived and never remarried and Charles went on to marry Camilla, We could possibly have had Diana, Princess of Wales and HRH, The Princess of Wales (Camilla).
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Even if she had remarried though, she would still be able to use the styling of Lady as a daughter of an Earl. As it stands now, when she died, her styling of Diana, Princess of Wales denoted that she was at one time a Princess of Wales. Had she remained married to Charles, she would have remained HRH, The Princess of Wales.

Another factor is that should Diana had lived and never remarried and Charles went on to marry Camilla, We could possibly have had Diana, Princess of Wales and HRH, The Princess of Wales (Camilla).
One can have simultaneous ladies with the same title wandering around. Look at Diana's very own brother:

Victoria, Countess Spencer (1st spouse)
Caroline, Countess Spencer (2nd spouse)
The Countess Spencer (Karen, the current spouse)

The first Countess divorced and remarried 8 years later with Mr Jonathan Aitken. With that she lost her style as an ex-wife to the Earl and simply became Mrs Jonathan Aitken.
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i'm just saying that the premises of creating for her a title in her own right is because she will always be the mother of the king whether she remarried or stayed single and
as a mater of fact this is what happened with alexandra countess of frederiksborg even thought here kids will never be kings put she still a mother of two danish princes
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i'm just saying that the premises of creating for her a title in her own right is because she will always be the mother of the king whether she remarried or stayed single and
as a mater of fact this is what happened with alexandra countess of frederiksborg even thought here kids will never be kings put she still a mother of two danish princes
Exactly. I think as a former royal and a mother of princes, it woudl have been entirely appropriate. of course there are women with similar titles going around, but when they are in the news, as charles' new wife and his ex were liable to be, I think that it would not be a bad idea for Diana to have a differnet title. I dont see that anything she had done was so bad that she should not have had this.. I dont know if she woudl have wanted it, perhaps not, but I think it could have been considered as a possiblity.
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