- Mar 30, 2014
The best solution to this issue is to make spouses to a reining monarch Prince/Princess Consort. I just can not imagine Prince Henrik or for that matter Prince Daniel or Prince Philip (D of E) being called King. We are just more familiar with a Queen being a spouse of a reigning King although there have been and will be reigning Queens.
That was the original intention in the Netherlands. Like Máxima was never "The Princess of Orange" since that title has become exclusively for the Heir(ess) alone, she would also be "The Princess of the Netherlands" alike her predecessors Claus von Amsberg, Bernhard zur Lippe-Biesterfeld and Heinrich von Mecklenburg-Schwerin. It is also written in the Royal House Act 2002: the spouse of the King is Prince (Princess) of the Netherlands.
Sadly in 2013, when Queen Beatrix abdicated, the current Government found it "undesirable" that Máxima would be treated differently from her "colleagues". So they came with a -typical Dutch- ugly compromise:
For law she is and remains Princess of the Netherlands, Princess of Orange-Nassau.
In "social context" she can be addressed with her husband's style (like all female spouses of titled gentlemen) and become known as "Queen Máxima".
Result: Her Majesty Queen Máxima, Princess of the Netherlands (!), Princess of Orange-Nassau.
I wished that the Government had just respected the law, because Máxima's own daughter Amalia will marry and her husband will be known as The Prince of the Netherlands. So there are we again.... Too bad that the one Government in 2002 regulated a gender neutral titulature but that another Government in 2013 changed its mind and respected the 2002 regulation at one hand but "uglied" it with a last-moment invention.
What is wrong with:
HM The King of Denmark
HRH The Princess-Consort
HM The Queen of Denmark
HRH The Prince-Consort
HM The King of the Netherlands
HRH The Princess of the Netherlands
HM The Queen of the Netherlands
HRH The Prince of the Netherlands