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Fairy tales, movies, and world history tell us that the monarchies are composed of many people, primarily a queen, a king, a prince, a princess, and other members with different responsibilities, but when we think of England, there is no current king, though Queen Elizabeth II was married to Prince Phillip for more than 70 years. We know that he never was king, but most people don’t know why, so we are going to explain it here quickly.

First, we have to talk about consort, which means that a person gains a title immediately after they marry someone from royalty, as it happens with queen consort when a king marries a woman and she becomes the queen of that monarchy, this can happen with dukes and barons, whose wives are duchesses and baronesses.

This applies only to women, the wife will always get the husband’s title that is often given by heritage, but, apparently, men can’t automatically get their wives title, so there can not be a king consort, because the term king can only be used for the reigning monarch, meanwhile, the title of the queen can be used as a ceremonial designation symbolizing the spouse of the head of the monarchy.


Monarchy 101

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As we know, monarchies are a type of government that has existed for many centuries and it still is preserved in a few places in the world. This type of reigning has an infinite set of rules and doctrines along with traditions that the majority hasn’t changed over the centuries and have to be respected by all the members of the crown. There is a particular one where gender comes to the table, that talks about lineage and gender.

Males were more valued than females, that is why kings and queens always preferred that the firstborn was a man, so he could someday become a king. That wasn’t the case with the former King George VI, who only had girls and whose firstborn was Queen Elizabeth II, and when he passed away she had to take the mandate of the whole United Kingdom, making a change in the heritage for the sons.

King George VI wasn’t originally meant to be the head of the monarchy, so he didn’t bother with the fact that he didn’t have any sons. But after his older brother resigned from the throne he had to take his place and his oldest daughter became the first in the line for the crown.

Though the gender rule that stated that men should be the only ones in charge didn’t affect England’s monarchy and its parliamentary laws directly in that extraordinary case, it is one of the main reasons why Prince Phillip never became king. All the men in the royal family have priority over women in the line for the throne, but they are directly blood-related with the last king, this includes the four sons of Queen Elizabeth and their children, but Prince Phillip could never be in the line since he wasn’t a descendent of the last king.

However, Prince Phillip could have been king, not from England, but Denmark and Greece, but when he married The Queen, he had to resign to those titles and citizenship to pledge the British allegiance and gained the title of Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron of Greenwich given by King George, and then becoming Prince of Great Britain and North Ireland by order of the Queen, which was the higher title he could ever get.

Still, Queen Elizabeth, as head ruler of the nation, could have given him the title if they would have wanted, some experts on the topic say that this may never have happened because of the Prince’s lifestyle since some behaviors wouldn’t have been appropriated for a king and he wanted to keep his life as normal as possible.

These rules also affected that the Royal Family name stood as Windsor, it couldn’t be changed for Phillip’s last name, and neither The Queen could have adopted it, but despite this, their children were named Mountbatten-Windsor, the mix of the royal house and the English form of Phillip’s lineage name.

Prince Phillip was part of the royal family since 1947 when their marriage took place and from the moment The Queen accepted the crown, he became an even more important member of the monarchy and one of the long-lasting people with responsibilities in the crown until he left his duty in 2017. He died last April at 99 years old, kind of shocking not only the United Kingdom but the whole world.

All the rules are a little bit complicated, they can not break any of them or they would be exiled from the family and the nations under the power of the British monarchy, this had happened in the past, and while many of them ended happily, sure it was a price to pay.