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A quick cheat sheet on everyone's Royal titles


CREDIT: HELLO! The Queen has held four titles across her lifespan, but has held her current title for 68 years.

So you may know the names of members of the Royal Family, but do you know their titles? Here are their titles in the U.K. I didn't include their Scottish titles because then it just gets way too confusing.


· Elizabeth: Her Majesty the Queen, February 6, 1952 – present (title bestowed upon her father’s death)

o Her Royal Highness the Princess Elizabeth, Duchess of Edinburgh, November 20, 1947 – February 6, 1952 (title bestowed upon her marriage)

o Her Royal Highness the Princess Elizabeth, December 11, 1936 – November 20, 1947 (title bestowed upon her father’s ascension to the throne)

o Her Royal Highness Princess Elizabeth of York, April 21, 1926 – December 11, 1936 (title bestowed upon her birth)

· Philip: His Royal Highness the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, February 22, 1957 – present

o His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, November 20, 1947 – February 22, 1957 (title bestowed upon his marriage)

o Lieutenant His Royal Highness Sir Philip Mountbatten, November 19, 1947 – November 20, 1947 (HRH bestowed the day before his wedding)

o Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, February 28, 1947 – November 19, 1947

o His Royal Highness Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark (title bestowed upon his birth)

· Charles: His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, 1958 – present

o His Royal Highness the Duke of Cornwall, 1952 – present (title bestowed upon his mother’s ascension to the throne)

o His Royal Highness Prince Charles of Edinburgh, 1948 – 1952 (title bestowed upon his birth)

o Will Prince Charles keep his name when he ascends to the throne and become Charles III? Maybe not. The previous two monarchs named Charles are both associated with negative events in history – Charles I was beheaded in 1649, and Charles II was on the throne during the Great Fire of London.

· Camilla: Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall, 2005 – present (title bestowed upon her marriage)

o Camilla is technically the Princess of Wales because her husband is Prince of Wales, but she doesn’t use this title publicly because there was someone very famous before her – Diana – that carried that title.

· William: His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge, 2011 – present (title bestowed upon his marriage)

o His Royal Highness Prince William of Wales, 1982 – 2011 (title bestowed upon his birth)

· Kate: Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge, 2011 – present (title bestowed upon her marriage); Kate is the third Duchess of Cambridge, and the first since 1889.

· George: His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge, 2013 – present (title bestowed upon his birth)

· Charlotte: Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, 2015 – present (title bestowed upon her birth)

· Louis: His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge, 2018 – present (title bestowed upon his birth)

· Harry: The Duke of Sussex, 2020 – present (HRH taken away by own choice)

o His Royal Highness the Duke of Sussex, 2018 – 2020 (title bestowed upon his marriage)

o His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales, 1984 – 2018 (title bestowed upon his birth); Henry is Harry’s birth name – Harry is a nickname.

· Meghan: The Duchess of Sussex, 2020 – present (HRH taken away by own choice)

o Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex, 2018 – 2020 (title bestowed upon her marriage); Meghan is the first Duchess of Sussex.

· Archie: No title; he is styled as Master Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

· Anne: Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal, 1987 – present

o Her Royal Highness the Princess Anne, Mrs. Mark Phillips (title bestowed upon her marriage), 1973 – 1987

o Her Royal Highness the Princess Anne, 1952 – 1973 (title bestowed upon her mother’s ascension to the throne)

o Her Royal Highness Princess Anne of Edinburgh, 1950 – 1952 (title bestowed upon her birth)

· Peter and Zara, Anne’s children: No titles by Anne’s choice. Peter, born in 1977, was the first legitimate grandchild of a monarch in more than 500 years to be born without a title.

· Andrew: His Royal Highness the Duke of York, 1986 – present (title bestowed upon his marriage)

o His Royal Highness the Prince Andrew, 1960 – 1986 (title bestowed upon his birth)

· Beatrice: Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice of York, 1988 – present (title bestowed upon her birth)

· Eugenie: Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie of York, 1990 – present (title bestowed upon her birth); since her marriage in 2018 she has added “Mrs. Jack Brooksbank” to the end of her title.

· Edward: His Royal Highness the Earl of Wessex, 1999 – present (title bestowed upon his marriage)

o His Royal Highness the Prince Edward, 1964 – 1999 (title bestowed upon his birth)

· Sophie: Her Royal Highness the Countess of Wessex, 1999 – present (title bestowed upon her marriage)

· Louise: By her birth, Louise is technically Her Royal Highness Princess Louise of Wessex. However, parents Edward and Sophie chose to style their children as sons and daughters of an earl, rather than as a prince or princess. As such, Louise is styled as Lady Louise Windsor. There is the option, upon her eighteenth birthday, for Louise to choose whether to retain that style or be known as a princess.

· James: By his birth, James is technically His Royal Highness Prince James of Wessex. However, parents Edward and Sophie chose to style their children as sons and daughters of an earl, rather than as a prince or princess. As such, James is styled as James, Viscount Severn. There is the option, upon his eighteenth birthday, for James to choose whether to retain that style or be known as a prince.

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