Originally Posted by Mbruno
The problem is that, while there is only one king or queen ( barring a widow or an emeritus), there are many princes. If you call the husband of a Queen the prince consort, his rank/ precedence is confused with that of his children for example, which is undesirable.
There is no problem. It is the same was with The King
(Philippe, Felipe) versus King Albert II, King Juan Carlos. In Denmark, for decades it was Hendes Majestæt Dronningen / Hans Kongelige Højhed Prinsen
(HM The Queen / HRH The Prince).
In the Netherlands it was always "de Koningin en de Prins" (The Queen and the Prince). In 1980 Prince Claus refused to be know as De Prins
, out of respect for Prince Bernhard, who was The Prince
from 6 januari 1937 tot 30 april 1980. Instead he requested to be referred as Prince Claus
. In the end Prince Bernhard would outlive his son-in-law, so the title The Prince of the Netherlands
was never used by Claus.
Máxima would have been H.K.H. de Prinses der Nederlanden
, was it not for the last moment that the Cabinet tought it was "undesirable" that Máxima was "lower" than other female spouses. (Apparently it was not "undesirable" for male spouses...). The Cabinet came with the solution to refer Máxima by her titre de coutoisie as spouse of the King, rather than by her rightful and very own title.