As the world grieves the death of the Queen’s other half at the age of 99, attention is being shone on the life and responsibilities of the Duke of Edinburgh.
The royal family announced the royal’s death in a declaration Friday, which checked out: “It is with deep grief that Her Majesty The Queen reveals the death of her precious other half, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
” His Royal Highness passed away in harmony today at Windsor Castle. More announcements will be made in due course. The Royal Household join with people around the globe in grieving his loss.”
The Queen and Prince Philip wed in 1947, at which point the royal dropped his title as Prince of Greece and Denmark to take on the title of Duke of Edinburgh.
Nevertheless, when Queen Elizabeth II rose to the throne following her dad’s death in 1952, her other half did not gain the title King of England, but rather of Prince Consort.,
In 1957, the Queen formally made her partner a prince, with the palace launching a declaration at the time that read: “The Queen has been pleased by Letters Patent under the Great Seal of the Realm bearing date 22nd February, 1957, to offer and grant unto His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, K.G., K.T., G.B.E., the design and titular self-respect of a Prince of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Whitehall.
” The Queen has been pleased to declare her will and satisfaction that His ‘Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh will henceforth be referred to as His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.”
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The Duke of Edinburgh was not granted the title of king since of a rule that states the husband of a ruling queen is called prince consort, just as spouses of kings are typically described as queen consort.
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Under the royal household’s longstanding rule, the title of king is only provided to a royal who acquires the throne and can rule, which holds true for the Queen and Prince Philip’s oldest son Prince Charles when he ascends to the throne.
When Prince Charles does take the throne, his other half Camilla Parker-Bowles may be granted the title of queen accompaniment, although Clarence Home formerly announced that “it is meant that Mrs Parker Bowles must use the title HRH The Princess Accompaniment when The Prince of Wales accedes to The Throne”.
Following Prince Philip’s death, which follows he was recently hospitalised while fighting an infection, there has been an outpouring of acknowledgements from around the globe as people pay their respects to the royal household.
The duke passed away simply months before his 100th birthday on 10 June.