Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Pecking order - Philip in third place in precedence
April 18, 1948
King George VI has issued an order of Precedence at court. His new son-in-law, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh is the "third man of importance" below the King at court functions, unless "Philip is escorting Princess Elizabeth," reports the Chicago Tribune.
The Duke of Edinburgh's position at court ranks below the King's two brothers, the Duke of Gloucester and the Duke of Windsor, But for "joint precedence" list, Princess Elizabeth, Duchess of Edinburgh, and the Duke of Edinburgh are directly after King George and Queen Elizabeth.
Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary are at the top of the precedence for women, followed by Princess Elizabeth, Duchess of Edinburgh, Princess Margaret, the Princess Royal (Mary), the Duchess of Gloucester and the Duchess of Kent.