Why Prince Philip Was Never Called King

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Why Prince Philip Was Never Called King

The Queen outlined her future wishes for the Duchess of Cornwall to be known as Queen Consort when the Prince of Wales becomes King, in a statement to mark
her Platinum Jubilee.

But why was the monarch’s late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, not given the title of King Consort when
his wife became Queen in 1952?

The title King Consort is very rarely used, and this is because most
monarchies do not have formal rules on the styling of the husband of a female
monarch. The title of King is therefore only given to a royal who inherits
the throne and can reign – including Prince Charles, the 
Duke of Cambridge and Prince George.  

Queen Victoria wanted her husband, Albert, to be granted the title of
King Consort, but this was ruled out by prime minister Lord Melbourne. Albert
was formally granted the title of Prince Consort 17 years later in 1857.

But unlike Prince Albert, Prince Philip rejected the offer of being
officially known as Prince Consort. Instead, a Letters Patent was issued
in 1957 giving the Duke the style and titular dignity of a Prince of the United
Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

In contrast, all-female consorts have the right to be styled as Queen
Consort, as wives usually share her spouse’s social rank and
status. However, she does not formally share the monarch’s political and
military powers, unless she is acting as regent.

The Queen’s mother became Queen Elizabeth when George VI became King in
1936. But when her husband died in 1952 and her daughter Princess Elizabeth
ascended the throne, she became known as the 
Queen Mother to avoid confusion.

Why Prince Philip Was Never Called King

Prince Philip pays homage to the Queen at her 1953 coronation

It was previously stated by Clarence House that the Duchess of Cornwall
would be styled as Princess Consort when Charles ascends the throne. However,
by 2018, all references to this had been removed by Clarence House and
Buckingham Palace on their websites.

In her statement released ahead of her accession day, the Queen said:
“I remain eternally grateful for, and humbled by, the loyalty and
affection that you continue to give me. And when, in the fullness of time, my
son Charles becomes King, I know you will give him and his wife Camilla the
same support that you have given me; and it is my sincere wish that, when that
time comes, Camilla will be known as Queen Consort as she continues her
own loyal service.”

It is expected that the Duchess of Cambridge will also be known as Queen Consort
when Prince William becomes King. 

 

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