Most Americans who woke up to news that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge‘s daughter – should they have a girl – would be receive the titles HRH and Princess before her name, were most likely confused.
Wasn’t that a given, since her father is the future King of England?
Nopers. Here are five things to know about the Letters Patent that Queen Elizabeth read off on January 9th, 2013.
1) A decree was issued in 1917 by King George V, stating that the children of the sons of a ruling monarch and the Prince of Wales may be styled with HRH and Prince or Princess. Sons only, no daughters. I know. How rude.
The children of any Sovereign of these Realms and the children of the sons of any such Sovereign and the eldest living son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales shall have and at all times hold and enjoy the style title or attribute of Royal Highness with their titular dignity of Prince or Princess .
2) A Letters Patent is a simple way for the monarch to signify an alteration or proclamation that doesn’t go through Parliament. Queen’s Elizabeth’s proclamation, printed in yesterday’s London Gazette (according to the Mirror), states the following.
The Queen has been pleased by Letters Patent under the Great Seal of the Realm dated 31 December 2012 to declare that all the children of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales should have and enjoy the style, title and attribute of royal highness with the titular dignity of Prince or Princess prefixed to their Christian names or with such other titles of honour.
3) This news is not shocking to many, as royals aides have said that Will and Kate’s daughter(s) would hold the titles.
5) Before the Queen’s decree, only the first son of Will and Kate’s would be entitled to hold HRH and prince. The other children would have to settle for Lord or Lady. Snooze.