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Old June 6th, 2013, 04:35 PM   #1

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Help Me Understand Royal Titles and Peckings


I heard today on the news that Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh
was ill and taken to the hospital. When listening to the news anchor
give the story, he said "the Prince was taken to the hospital...."

My question is, "How come he is not called King Philip?"
Didn't it used to be when a male was sitting on the throne,
his wife was called "Queen"? When did that change and how come
Philip is not called 'king'?
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I know very, very little about the monarchy, so I would appreciate come clarity. Thank you.
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HM made him wait 10 years to get a princely title after probation from renouncing his German and Greek powers. That was a shame, as she could have used a couple of colonies then as India and Africa slipped away. King of Germany would have put the Soviets in their place.
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He doesn't sit on the throne, She does.
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Being King would place him on a level equal to that of his wife, the sovereign. Instead, the spouse of the monarch is the Prince/Queen Consort.

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He doesn't sit on the throne, She does.
That doesn't help me. When Henry VIII sat on the throne, Anne Boleyn
was called 'queen' as were all his wives. I was wondering if that practice
stopped of the spouse not being called 'king'?
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Being King would place him on a level equal to that of his wife, the sovereign. Instead, the spouse of the monarch is the Prince/Princess Consort.
Ahh, I'm following now. Since the title of 'king' was/is the highest ranking,
and queen being number two, that would be as you wrote. I thought maybe
it had to do with having 'official royal blood' in your veins.
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That doesn't help me. When Henry VIII sat on the throne, Anne Boleyn
was called 'queen' as were all his wives. I was wondering if that practice
stopped of the spouse not being called 'king'?
Yes it stopped, not sure when.
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Ahh, I'm following now. Since the title of 'king' was/is the highest ranking,
and queen being number two, that would be as you wrote. I thought maybe
it had to do with having 'official royal blood' in your veins.
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Yes it stopped, not sure when.
Slight correction to my previous post; a King's wife is not called a "Princess consort." Kings' wives retain the right to the title of "Queen consort," since that wouldn't supersede their husbands' authority.

And a widowed "Queen consort" is a "Queen mother" if their son or daughter is the reigning monarch.

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Good info, thanks Wolfpaw.
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Slight correction to my previous post; a King's wife is not called a "Princess consort." Kings' wives retain the right to the title of "Queen consort," since that wouldn't supersede their husbands' authority.

And a widowed "Queen consort" is a "Queen mother" if their son or daughter is the reigning monarch.
So 'back in the day' of Henry VIII, his wives/queens were spoken to introduced/addressed as..."Good morning Queen Anne consort'?
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