Monday, December 12, 2016
No new titles for Princess Elizabeth
King George VI's 10-year-old daughter, Princess Elizabeth, will continued to be styled as Princess Elizabeth, reports the Associated Press. She is the heiress presumptive to the throne, and cannot be styled as Princess of Wales or Princess Royal.
The title Princess of Wales is "reserved" for the wife of the eldest son of the British sovereign. The last Princess of Wales was King George VI's mother, Mary, the consort of George V.
The principality cannot be conferred on female heirs. If Queen Elizabeth, who is 36 years old, gives birth to a son, he will become the heir apparent. His titles at birth will be the Duke of Cornwall and the Duke of Rothesay, and his father can name him as Prince of Wales.
However, Princess Elizabeth, as a female, presumptive heir to the throne, cannot succeed to the two duchies nor be named as Princess of Wales. The Duchy of Cornwall will remain merged with Crown until there is a male heir apparent. The last duke of Cornwall was King Edward VIII.
The eldest daughter of the King is usually styled with the title Princess Royal. King George VI's only sister, Mary, was named as Princess Royal in 1931 by George V, shortly after the death of his sister, Princess Louise, who received the title in 1905. Princess Elizabeth cannot be named as Princess Royal until after the death of her aunt.