The Queen Consort paradox

I had hoped that once The Queen had died, we could all go back to sticking to the rules about titles: follow the 1917 Letters Patent as intended and don’t makeup titles as you go along. And if the new King didn’t want that, he should issue new Letters Patent. The 1917 Letters Patent state, [read more]

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Elizabeth II

The Royal Family Order of Elizabeth II

The Royal Family Order of Elizabeth II was an honour that was bestowed on female members of the British Royal Family, and it is worn on formal occasions. The formal practice of family orders was begun by King George IV, though members of the courts sometimes wore the sovereign’s portrait in a bejewelled frame before [read more]

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Americans and royal titles

Several Americans have been born with royal titles or have gained titles through marriage. The United States Constitution says that Americans cannot accept titles from foreign powers without the consent of Congress. What does that mean for the Americans who hold titles? Article I, Section 9, Clause 8 of the U.S. Constitution, also called the [read more]

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Royals and Dukedoms

The British monarchy and nobility are littered with various titles, often leading to confusing situations if you’re not familiar with them. Here I’ll be explaining the difference between a royal duke and a regular duke and how a dukedom held by a royal can stop being royal. The basis of both titles is the same, [read more]