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Why Prince Philip was not a king?

BY Sharmeen Hussain Sep 08, 2022. 10:14 pm UPDATED: Sep 08, 2022. 10:14 pm

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After more than 70 years of marriage to Queen Elizabeth II, PRINCE PHILIP passed away in April 2021.

Despite having been married to the Queen for a long time, the Duke of Edinburgh had always been seen as a prince rather than a king.

Why Prince Philip was not a king?

A parliamentary law is the reason Philip did not immediately succeed to the throne after marrying the Queen.

The legislation governing succession simply considers gender and has nothing to do with bloodlines.

A consort is the spouse of the reigning monarch or queen.

It’s odd that under British royalty, a male who marries the queen is referred to as the prince consort, whereas a woman who marries the king will be referred to as the queen consort.

Three further titles were also bestowed upon Prince Philip upon his marriage to the queen in 1947:

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  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • Earl of Merioneth
  • Baron Greenwich

According to Town & Country, the Queen officially recognised him as a Prince of the United Kingdom in 1957 with a new letters patent.

The then Princess Elizabeth married Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, as he was then known, on November 20, 1947.

How many children do Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip have?

The Queen and Prince Philip had four children together – Charles, Prince of Wales, born 1948; Anne, Princess Royal, born 1950; Andrew, Duke of York, born 1960; and Edward, Earl of Wessex, born 1964.

 

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