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  1. This is interesting. Here's how I, a very much non-expert, thinks it would go, assuming that the Viscount title is a courtesy title obtained through the father and not a actual title that the husband got in his own right: She won't be a dowager viscountess for multiple reasons. To be a dowager anything, she needs to have been the wife of the title-holder and that husband would need to be the direct ancestor of the current title-holder. Her husband was never a title-holder. Her father-in-law held all those titles, allowing his son to use one of his as a courtesy. She was technically never th
  2. Oh, Princess Mabel can't be posted without a clearer shot of her train. For me, that took it from, "Okay, quirky, I guess" to "Oh, that's something. WOW."
  3. Charlotte's future husband, if she has one, is likely not getting a dukedom at all - since they are the highest-ranking hereditary titles, they have only been handed out to princes in over 100 years. One was offered to Winston Churchill after WWII, but that was an exception. The only way that it may happen with Charlotte's husband is if she becomes the heir to the throne. Otherwise, if he gets a title, it'd likely be an earldom. Prince Edward has taken over a lot of his father's duties, including much of those dealing with the Duke of Edinburgh's Award, so I think the family, Charles incl
  4. She can't pass along the Duke of Edinburgh title in her lifetime because it will pass along to Charles as Philip's oldest son. It's only when it merges with the Crown (Charles becoming king) can it be created anew and given to Edward. Both the Queen and Philip have to pass away in order for the title to go to Edward. Philip so the title passes on to his heir and the Queen so that heir becomes king, merging the title with the Crown. It won't be a continuation of Philip's dukedom, but a new creation.
  5. Yes, children of princes are styled as the children of dukes if they don't have a higher ranking title. And Lord/Lady (along with The Honorable) is a type of courtesy title.
  6. Yes, as the great-grandchildren of the Sovereign through the direct male-line, they get courtesy titles as children of a duke (so Lord/Lady). They keep that their whole lives, but their children don't get it from them.
  7. All male-line grandchildren of the monarch are prince/princesses, entitled to the style of HRH. This is because titles are inherited from fathers - the exception being the monarch. Peter and Zara would never have been HRH or Prince/Princess, as they are female-line grandchildren, but they could have had (courtesy) titles if their father had agreed to a peerage, which he didn't. And, as mentioned, the Wessex children are entitled to the HRH and Prince/Princess title, they just aren't being used, which is what the Wessexes have chosen. The rules on who is entitled to an HRH/Prince/Princess
  8. Seriously. This letter is basically the same thing they stated on the media section of their site. We get it. You don't have to keep reiterating it, just get on with it.
  9. I clicked on it while thinking Carlos II was surely going to be #1, and there he is, being the introductory photo and first person. His family tree was a nightmare. All his great-grandparents descended from Joanna of Castile and Philip I. Anna of Austria (the Duchess of Bavaria) was his great-great-aunt, great-great-great-aunt, great-great-great-grandmother and great-great-great-great-grandmother (twice over). He was his own mother's first cousin and his father's great-nephew. It's mind-boggling - he could have been in a room with 85 people and that would still be more people than are in
  10. I think the best reaction H&M could have had to their organization's name coming out would be to just confirm that it is indeed their organization and that more details would be released at a more appropriate time. Going into how the name came to be about just made that into a story itself. With the longer statement, it comes across as if they announced it rather than the whole thing actually being the result of a reporter keeping an eye out for trademarks. Give the bare minimum until all is set in place and ready to be announced.
  11. Technically, yes - Caroline as an HRH outranks the non-reigning HSH in her family. She took up his HRH because it outranked her HSH - a woman will take the rank of her husband if his rank is higher than hers. But that's really going into technicalities. I don't think it's given much weight, especially as the House of Hanover no longer reigns over anything. Monaco recognizes Ernst August as a Prince and HRH, but the style had no legal standing. Taking it further, His/Her Imperial Highness (as in Japan) would outrank an HRH. But this ranking system is left over from a time when kingdoms/emp
  12. The HRH in the British royal family is reserved for the children of the monarch, the male-line grandchildren of the monarch, and the children of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales (it previously was limited to the son of the eldest son, but this was changed before the birth of Prince George). So with this current family, all of Elizabeth's children are HRH and all of her grandchildren, except for Princess Anne's children, are HRH. The children of the Earl of Wessex are technically HRH, but are not styled as such at the request of their parents. Of her great-grandchildren, only the Camb
  13. I feel bad for chuckling at this. It makes her sound like some sort of ghost from an old English legend.
  14. This would include people like the Private Secretary, those who work for him like all the staffers in the Press Office, people who work in the Treasury, etc. - jobs like those could technically be done remotely, as complicated as it would be. A corded phone also works if there is a power outage, so the lines of communication will always be open.
  15. I've said it before: he physically reminds me of King Koopa/Bowser.
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