Friday, June 28, 2013

Distaff heir will not be Duchess of Cornwall

According to Dickie Arbiter, former press secretary to the Queen, and noted Royal Expert,  the heiress apparent will not have the style Duchess of Cornwall, as the eldest child of the Sovereign.

The title will remain for the eldest son of the Sovereign.  The heiress apparent will have access to the duchy's funds through a Sovereign's Grant.

[It has not yet been stated if the heiress apparent will have the title of Princess of Wales and Countess of Chester or, in Scotland, Duchess of Rothesay.]

If baby Cambridge is a boy, the discussion of titles for an heiress apparent will be moot for at least another generation.


Charles von Hamm said...

The former press secretary to HM the Queen can state this authoritatively just how?

emeraldcity said...

I wonder what will happen if all the offspring are girls.

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

Charlie, Dickie Arbiter remains in close contact with the RF.

Emerald City, the girls will be princesses, first of Cambridge, then of Cornwall and Cambridge until Charles III names their dad as POW. When William is king, the eldest will be heiress apparent and the others HRH The Princess so and so. Even though the throne is technically gender equal, it is unlikely that royal dukedoms will be created for younger sisters.

emeraldcity said...

I'm thinking about the Dukedom of Cornwall specifically, will it pass to the eldest daughter, slip sideways to Harry and his male offspring or become extinct? If it doesn't pass to the heir male or female it would leave the main line and the whole point of it seems to be to give the heir a good living before they became monarch. Is it an hereditary position, if so it would pass to Harry wouldn't it? If there is technically no duke could the proceeds of the duchy still pass to the female heiress.

What happened with the duchy in Elizabeth II's case?

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

Emerald, it states in the article that the title is for the ELDEST SON of the sovereign. No one else. When Frederick, Prince of Wales, eldest son of George II, died before his father, his eldest son, George, was named as Prince of Wales, but could not be Duke of Cornwall, because he was not the eldest son of the sovereign, although he was the heir apparent. The duchy reverts to the Crown when the heir is not the eldest son of the Sovereign. It is not a peerage, but created by Royal Charter. When Edward VIII succeeded his father, the Cornwall title and revenues reverted to the Crown until Elizabeth succeeded. If Charles died before William (and before Elizabeth), William would not inherit Cornwall. He could be named as Prince of Wales. It's not hereditary, the POW title,