Will he be HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and Earl of Wessex? Such a long title.

11 Responses to “If Prince Edward becomes the Duke of Edinburgh, will he become a duke and an earl simultaneously?”

  • Michael:

    It wouldn’t be a long title just separate titles inferred on one person. Most Dukes, both Royal and non-Royal, have multiple titles—-Duke of This, Earl of That, Baron of Whatever, they are simply called by their Highest Ranked Title which, in Edward’s case, would be Duke of Edinburgh.

  • James:

    He would be both the Duke of Edinburgh and the Earl of Wessex. Normally, he would just be called the Duke of Edinburgh, but at events he would be introduced as His Royal Highness, Prince Edward, the Duke of Edinburgh and Earl of Wessex.

    Chances are, the Earldom of Wessex would be used as a title by Viscount Severn, his son as a courtesy title.

  • HRH Posh Pooch!:

    Actually, he would be the Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, AND Baron Greenwich. That’s even longer! His other titles (Earl of Wessex, Viscount Severn, etc) would merge with the crown.

  • JOHN:

    All the royals have several titles but only the most important one is normally

  • Troll:

    A long title… Oh really? Yeah you’re right!! Sounds new to you? See Queen Elizabeth II’s title. You may find it revealing.

    Obviously, if Edward becomes the Duke of Edinburgh he will primarily use his ducal title because it’s the next higher title after being Prince of the United Kingdom. Queen Elizabeth II is just referred as the Queen and not HM The Queen, Duchess of Edinburgh, Countess Merioneth, etc.

  • baffled:

    he`ll be Duke of Earl…

  • Rico:

    Yes. His full title after being made an Earl was HRH The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, Viscount Severn. His son uses the Viscount title by courtesy

    On the recreation of the Dukedom, he will simultaneously be a Duke, Earl and Viscount, his full title will be HRH The Prince Edward, The Duke of Edinburgh,The Earl of Wessex, Viscount Severn. When this happens, James would be entitled to use the Earldom as his courtesy title.

    Peers who hold more than one rank of nobility are known by the highest one.

  • Petrusclavus:

    All title within the royal family are at the wish of Her Majesty the Queen. Prince Phillip surrendered all titles before she then gave him new titles.
    Even the Prince of Wales is a grace title.
    So IF Edward is granted the title of Duke od Edinburgh (and it cannot happen while Phillip holds the title) then Her Majesty may revoke the other titles.
    basically they will use whatever titles they like.

  • Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna:

    No, Prince Edward won’t be both a duke and an earl. If he is created Duke of Edinburgh, he will only use the ducal title as a dukedom is senior to an earldom.

    (Whether Prince Edward will be created Duke of Edinburgh at all depends on the future king, as the title will revert to the crown after the passing of both Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Her Majesty The Queen, who is also Duchess of Edinburgh. Only the next king can grant the dukedom to Prince Edward.)

  • C.G.:

    Yes. And here is something for you to learn: multiple titles are nothing new.
    Prince Charles is Duke of Cornwall, Duke of Rothesay, Earl of Chester,Earl of Carrick, Baron of Renfrew, Lord of the Isles and Prince and Great Steward of Scotland.

    Prince Philip, the current Duke is Duke of Edinburgh,Earl of Merioneth, Baron Greenwich. When Edward assumes his father’s titles, he becomes HRH,Prince Edward, Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, Baron Greenwich, Earl of Wessex, Viscount Severn.

    When a male is a multiple title holder, his heir, the eldest son, assumes the title next down that his father bears. Currently James holds the styling Viscount Severn. This may change to one of the earldoms when Edward becomes duke.

  • Josh:

    He would hold both peerages but on a day to day basis he would be styled by his most senior title which would be the Dukedom.

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