Prince Philip ‘could have been head of Navy’ reveals royal expert
Princess Elizabeth, as she was known at the time, married Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, as he was then known, on November 20, 1947. The couple reached their platinum wedding anniversary in 2017 which marked 70 years since they tied the knot.
They became secretly engaged in 1946 and Elizabeth’s father, King George VI, ordered that any formal engagement was delayed until after she turned 21 in April 1947.
Being married to the monarch has given the Duke of Edinburgh numerous titles but he is missing one in particular – the title of King.
On February 22, 1957, the Palace issued a statement which read: “The Queen has been pleased by Letters Patent under the Great Seal of the Realm bearing date February 22, 1957, to give and grant unto His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, KG, KT, GBE, the style and titular dignity of a Prince of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Whitehall.
“The Queen has been pleased to declare her will and pleasure that His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh shall henceforth be known as His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.”
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When he married the Queen, the Prince was given three additional titles, which are Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich.
He was eventually made a Prince at his own request, supposedly because he did not want to feel inferior to his reigning wife.
But Philip is not a King Consort, unlike previous partners of a monarch before him.
The titles system is quite complicated, but the reason Prince Philip is not a king is because of parliamentary succession law, which factors in gender when designating titles.
For example, when Kate married William, she became the Duchess of Cambridge, taking on the female form of her husband’s title.
But when Jack Brooksbank married Princess Eugenie, he did not recieve any royal title, and remains Mr Jack Brooksbank despite his royal marriage.
Only women who marry into the Royal Family are automatically awarded a title that relates to their husbands standing, such as a duchess to a duke, or a countess to an earl.
However, there is more behind why King Consort’s don’t exist.
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The title of Queen can either be used to describe the ruling monarch, or in the more ceremonial meaning, the wife of a monarch.
The title of King, however, can only ever be used to describe an acting monarch and does not hold a ceremonial meaning.
Prince Philip was born a prince as a member of both the Greek and Danish royal families but renounced his claim to the throne to marry then Princess Elizabeth.
His parents are Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark, and Princess Alice of Battenberg.
His family left their native Greece after political turmoil broke out in the first half of the 20th century.
He adopted the family’s surname, Mountbatten, when he was naturalised as a British subject.
The couple have four children, Charles, Prince of Wales, Anne, Princess Royal, Andrew, Duke of York, and Edward, Earl of Wessex.
They have eight grandchildren, Prince William, Prince Harry, Peter Philips, Zara Philips, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.
The Queen and Prince Philip also have eight great-grandchildren, Isla Phillips, Savannah Phillips, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, Lena and Mia Tindall, and Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.
The next Queen Consort of Britain will be Kate Middleton, as Camilla Parker Bowles will not take the title of the respect for Princess Diana.
Technically, as the wife of the Prince of Wales, Camilla’s title would be Princess of Wales, but Camilla reportedly declined this out of respect for Diana.
Because late Princess Diana was so widely known as the Princess of Wales when she was married to Charles, it would have been too controversial to make her the new Princess of Wales, a title that Diana has taken with her despite her divorce and untimely death.
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