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The real reason that Prince Philip is not considered the King of England

The real reason that Prince Philip is not considered the King of England

You have probably noticed that the husband of Queen Elizabeth II is not the king of England. On the contrary, he is Prince Philip (also known as the Duke of Edinburgh). But when Prince William becomes king, his wife, Kate, will be known as & # 39; Queen & # 39; or & # 39; queen-consort & # 39; as long as William lives – after which Prince George stands in line to become king, and Kate will breathe new life as a reflection of the fact that she has become the widow of a king and mother of the ruling monarch (assuming she was William survives).

So you can ask yourself: If Kate is eligible to be Queen, why is Prince Philip not King?

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LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 19: Queen Elizabeth II greets Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a receiving line for the Queen's Diner for the Commonwealth heads of Governmental Meeting (CHOGM) at Buckingham Palace on April 19, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Matt Dunham – WPA Pool / Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 19: Queen Elizabeth II attends the formal opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in the ballroom at Buckingham Palace on April 19, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Yui Mok-WPA Pool / Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 18: Queen Elizabeth II looks at during the unveiling of a panel marking the walk in Buckingham Palace gardens in connection with the Commonwealth walk project on April 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Yui Mok – WPA Pool / Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 18: Queen Elizabeth II looks at during the unveiling of a panel marking the walk in Buckingham Palace gardens in connection with the Commonwealth walk project on April 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Yui Mok – WPA Pool / Getty Images)

WINDSOR, ENGLAND – APRIL 12: Queen Elizabeth II visits the King George VI Day Center on April 12, 2018 in Windsor, England. The queen toured the facility and met some of the local residents who used it. (Photo by Samir Hussein / Samir Hussein / WireImage)

WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM – APRIL 01: (SIGNED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UP TO 24 HOURS AFTER CREATION DATE AND TIME) Queen Elizabeth II attends the traditional church service on Easter Sunday at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on April 1, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Max Mumby / Indigo / Getty Images)

WINDSOR, ENGLAND – APRIL 1: Dean of Windsor, David Conner concludes with Queen Elizabeth II, followed by Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge after the Easter Mattins Service at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle on April 1, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Tolga Akmen – WPA Pool / Getty Images)

WINDSOR, ENGLAND – MARCH 29: Queen Elizabeth II attends the Royal Maundy Service at St George's Chapel on March 29, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert / UK Press via Getty Images)

The British Queen Elizabeth II attends the Royal Maundy Service at the St George's Chapel in Windsor, west of London on 29 March 2018.
Holy Thursday is the Christian holy day that falls on the Thursday before Easter. The Queen commemorates Maundy by 'alms' & # 39; offer to the elderly – retired pensioners recommended by clerics and ministers of all denominations, in recognition of the service to the church and the local community. During the Royal Maundy Service on 2 April 2015, the Queen distributed the White money to 89 men and 89 women one for each of the 89 years of the Queen. Each recipient receives two wallets, one red and one white. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Steve Parsons (Photo credit must include STEVE PARSONS / AFP / Getty Images)

PLYMOUTH, ENGLAND – MARCH 27: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II attends the decommissioning ceremony for HMS Ocean on March 27, 2018 in Plymouth, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein / WireImage)

PLYMOUTH, ENGLAND – MARCH 27: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II attends the decommissioning ceremony for HMS Ocean on March 27, 2018 in Plymouth, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein / WireImage)

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 20: Queen Elizabeth II visits the Royal Academy of Arts to mark the completion of a major redevelopment of the site on March 20, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert / UK Press via Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 15: Queen Elizabeth II receives the lieutenant governor of Prince Edward Island Antoinette Perry during a private audition at Buckingham Palace on 15 March 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jonathan Brady-WPA Pool / Getty Images)

The British Queen Elizabeth II (L) greets the High Commissioner of South Africa in the United Kingdom, Nomatemba Tambo, at a private audience in Buckingham Palace in central London on March 14, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Jonathan Brady (photo JONATHAN must read BRADY / AFP / Getty Images)

LONDON, THE UNITED KINGDOM – 12 MARCH: (EMBARRY FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UP TO 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Queen Elizabeth II attends the service of the Commonwealth Day 2018 at the Westminster Abbey on March 12, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Max Mumby / Indigo / Getty Images)

(LR) The British Queen Elizabeth II, the British Prince Charles, Prince of Wales The British actress Meghan Markle, Princess Harry's fiance, and the British Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, attend a Commonwealth Day Service on March 12, 2018 at Westminster Abbey in the center of London.
British Queen Elizabeth II was the head of the Commonwealth during her reign. Organized by the Royal Commonwealth Society, the Service is the largest annual interreligious meeting in the United Kingdom. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Paul Grover (Photo credit must be PAUL GROVER / AFP / Getty Images)

WINDSOR, ENGLAND – MARCH 8: Queen Elizabeth II and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall speaking with Princess Zahra Aga Khan prior to dinner at Windsor Castle on March 8, 2018 in Windsor, England. Queen Elizabeth II organizes a private dinner in honor of the Diamond Jubilee of his leadership as Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslim Community. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski-WPA Pool / Getty Images)

The Queen Elizabeth II and the Aga Khan in the Oak Room at Windsor Castle before organizing a private dinner in honor of the Diamond Jubilee of his leadership as Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslim Community. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski / PA images via Getty Images)

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – MARCH 07: (—- EDITORIAL USE ONLY REQUIRED CREDIT – & # 39; BANDAR ALGALOUD / SAUDI KINGDOM OF COUNCIL / HANDOUT & # 39; – NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE FOR CLIENTS — -) Crown Prince and Defense Minister of Saudi Arabia Mohammad bin Salman al-Saud (L) meets Queen Elizabeth II (R) at Buckingham Palace during his official visit to London, United Kingdom on March 7, 2018. (Photo by Bandar Algaloud / Saudi Arabia Council / Brochure Template / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 6: Queen Elizabeth II (R) speaks with Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Kitack Lim (L) while visiting the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of his formation on 6 March 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas – WPA Pool / Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 20: Queen Elizabeth II gives a speech at Richard Quinn Ready to wear the Fall fashion show / Winter 2018-2019 during London Fashion Week 201 February 2018 on February 20, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Victor VIRGILE / Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

The British Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by the British-American journalist and editor Anna Wintour (3R) and the royal seamstress Angela Kelly (2R), watches the British designer Richard Quinn's start show before giving him the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design presents during her visit to the BFC Show Space of London Fashion Week in the center of London on February 20, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Yui Mok (Photo credit must read YUI MUG / AFP / Getty Images)

British Queen Elizabeth II leaves after a visit to the Royal College of Physicians in London on 20 February 2018.
Her Majesty visited the Royal College of Physicians of London on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the founding statute of the body. / AFP-PHOTO / SWIMMING POOL / Chris Jackson (photo must contain CHRIS JACKSON / AFP / Getty Images)

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – FEBRUARY 14: Queen Elizabeth II greets Prime Minister Theresa May at a reception to celebrate the Commonwealth Diaspora community in the run-up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in London in April, at Buckingham Palace on February 14, 2018 in London, England . (Photo by Jonathan Brady – Pool / Getty Images)

KING & # 39; S LYNN, UNITED KINGDOM – FEBRUARY 7: (EMBARRY FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UP TO 24 HOURS AFTER CREATION DATE AND TIME) Queen Elizabeth II leaves on a train at King & # 39; s Lynn Station to return to London after her Christmas vacation at Sandringham House on February 7, 2018 in King & # 39; s Lynn, England. (Photo by Max Mumby / Indigo / Getty Images)

KING & # 39; S LYNN, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 04: Queen Elizabeth II attends the Sunday service at St. Peter and St Paul Church in West Newton on February 4, 2018 in King & # 39; s Lynn, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert / UK Press via Getty Images)

The castle rises, England – January 21: Queen Elizabeth II leaves St Lawrence Church on January 21, 2018 in Castle Rising, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert / UK Press via Getty Images)

KING & # 39; S LYNN, UNITED KINGDOM – JANUARY 7: (SIGNED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UP TO 24 HOURS AFTER CREATION DATE AND TIME) Queen Elizabeth II leaves after attending the Sunday service at St Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham on January 7 2018 in King & # 39; s Lynn, England. (Photo by Max Mumby / Indigo / Getty Images)




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The answer, according to the official website of the British royal family, can be found in the British parliamentary law, which determines who is next for the throne, and also which title his or her spouse will have. As far as succession is concerned, the law only appears on blood and not on sex. As far as the spouses of the monarchy are concerned, however, this law treats men and women in a different way. This is a simple guide to the current series of successions.

When a man marries in the royal bloodline: His wife takes everything that is the feminine form of his title. So when Prince William married Kate Middleton and became Duke of Cambridge, Kate became Duchess of Cambridge, and when Prince William becomes King, Kate's title will change according to that of William. And going back a few generations, when the father of Queen Elizabeth II, George VI, became king, the title of his wife became "Queen-consort", although she was usually called "Queen Elizabeth" (born Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon, not to be confused with Queen Elizabeth I of England, daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn). Queen Elizabeth retained her title until George died, at which time Elizabeth II ascended the throne, and her mother became Queen-Mother & # 39 ;.

When a woman marries in the royal bloodline: Her husband is not eligible to take the masculine form of his wife's title, as Marlene Koenig, a royal historian and author of the Royal Musings blog, told. Municipality acountry. That is why the fiancée of Princess Eugenie, Jack Brooksbank, is expected to be "Mr. Jack Brooksbank" at their upcoming wedding in October.

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The British Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, leave the chapel with their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis after the baptism of Prince Louis in the Chapel Royal, St James & # 39; s Palace, London, Great Britain , July 9, 2018. Dominic Lipinski / Pool via REUTERS

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 09: Princess Charlotte and Prince George hold the hands of their father, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, as they arrive at the Chapel Royal, St James Palace, London for the baptism of their brother, Prince Louis, who is worn by their mother, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge on July 9, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski – WPA Pool / Getty Images)

British Prince William and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge pose for a picture with their newborn baby son Louis Arthur Charles as they leave the Lindo wing at St Mary's Hospital in London London, Monday, April 23, 2018.

The British Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, his wife, Princess Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte walk past helicopters at the airport in Hamburg, Finkenwerder, Germany, July 21, 2017. REUTERS / Christian Charisius / POOL

The British Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, his wife, Princess Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte walk at the airport in Hamburg, Finkenwerder, Germany, July 21, 2017. REUTERS / Christian Charisius / POOL

Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge (R), his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge (L), Prince George (2nd R) and Princess Charlotte come to the morning Christmas service in the San Marco church in Englefield, near Bucklebury in southern England, UK, December 25, 2016. REUTERS / Andrew Matthews / Pool

The British Prince William, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte come aboard a pilot plane for their official departure from Canada in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, October 1, 2016. REUTERS / Chris Wattie

Great Britain Prince William (2nd R), Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (2nd L), Prince George and Princess Charlotte (L) watch as a man inflates balloons during a children's party at the Government House in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, September 29, 2016. REUTERS / Chris Wattie

Great Britain Prince William (2nd R), Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (2nd L), Prince George and Princess Charlotte (L) watch as a man inflates balloons during a children's party at the Government House in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, September 29, 2016. REUTERS / Chris Wattie

The British Prince William (2nd L), Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George (L) and Princess Charlotte (R) arrive at a children's party at the Government House in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, September 29, 2016. REUTERS / Chris Wattie

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, holding Princess Charlotte, Prince George and Prince William, looks at a fly-paste while standing on the Buckingham Palace balcony after the annual Trooping the Color ceremony at Horseguards Parade in central London, UK June 11, 2016. Trooping the Color is a ceremony in honor of the official birthday of Queen Elizabeth. The Queen celebrates her 90th birthday this year. REUTERS / Toby Melville

The British Prince William, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte will board a pilot plane for their official departure from Canada in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, October 1, 2016. REUTERS / Chris Wattie

The duke and duchess of Cambridge walk past the crowd in the church of St. Mary Magdalene on the estate Sandringham with their son Prince George and daughter Princess Charlotte, after her baptism on July 5, 2015. REUTERS / Mary Turner / Pool

The British Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, appear with their baby daughter, Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, outside the Lindo wing of St. Mary's Hospital, in London, Great Britain, May 2, 2015. The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a girl on Saturday, the second child of the couple and a sister of the one-year-old prince George. REUTERS / Cathal McNaughton

The British Prince William returns with his son George to the Lindo wing of St. Mary's Hospital, after the birth of his daughter in London, Great Britain, May 2, 2015. The English Duchess of Cambridge has a daughter, the couple Kensington Palace has announced on Saturday. REUTERS / Suzanne Plunkett

The British Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, carries her son Prince George alongside her husband Prince William during a visit to the Sensational Butterflies exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London, July 2, 2014. Prince George celebrates his first birthday on July 22nd. Photograph taken in July 2, 2014. REUTERS / John Stillwell / Pool (BRITTANNIA – Tags: ROYALS SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) PLEASE NOTE THE EDITORIAL – ONLY FOR USE OF EDITORIAL. NOT FOR SALE FOR CAMPAIGNS FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING

The British Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, holds her son, Prince George, as she prepares to take a plane with her husband Prince William (not pictured) to leave Canberra on April 25, 2014. The Prince and his wife Kate are working on a 19-day official trip to New Zealand and Australia with their son Prince George. REUTERS / Phil Noble (AUSTRALIA – Tags: ROYALS ENTERTAINMENT POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Prince William holds Prince George as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, gives him toys during a visit to the Bilby enclosure in Taronga, the zoo of Taronga, April 20, 2014. The prince and his wife Kate visit for 19 days an official visit to New Zealand and Australia with their son George. REUTERS / Chris Jackson / Pool (AUSTRALIA – Tags: ENTERTAINMENT ROYALS SOCIETY)

Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, and her husband Prince William of Great Britain, watch as their son Prince George looks at an Australian animal named Bilby, named after the young prince, during a visit to the Taronga Zoo in Sydney on April 20, 2014. The Prince and his wife Kate visit with their son George a 19-day official visit to New Zealand and Australia. REUTERS / David Gray (AUSTRALIA – Tags: ROYALS ENTERTAINMENT TPX DAY IMAGES)

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, holds her son Prince George during a Plunket nurse and an older group meeting at Government House in Wellington on April 9, 2014. Plunket is a national non-profit organization that provides care to children and families in New Zealand. . The British Prince William and his wife Kate visit with their son George a 19-day official visit to New Zealand and Australia. REUTERS / Marty Melville / Pool (NEW ZEALAND – Tags: ROYALS ENTERTAINMENT)

Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, holds her son Prince George after she and her husband, the British Prince William, have stepped off their plane after arriving in Wellington on April 7, 2014. The Prince and his wife Kate are working on a 19- days official visit to New Zealand and Australia with their son George. REUTERS / Phil Noble (NEW ZEALAND – Tags: ROYALS ENTERTAINMENT)

The British Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge appear with their son, outside the Lindo wing of St. Mary's Hospital, in the center of London on July 23, 2013. Kate gave birth to the first child of the couple, which is the third in line for the British throne, on Monday afternoon, ending weeks of feverish anticipation of the arrival of the royal baby. REUTERS / Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN – Tags: SOCIETY ROYALS ENTERTAINMENT HEALTH)




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In accordance with this, when Philip Mountbatten married Princess Elizabeth in 1947, he did not become a prince. He only became Prince, or more formally, "Prince consort", when Queen Elizabeth II ascended the throne on the death of her father. Fun fact: Philip was born as a prince in both the Greek and Danish royal families, but renounced his right to those thrones and titles to marry Elizabeth, and presumably as an incentive to do so, was appointed to His Royal Highness, the Duke from Edinburgh on the eve of the wedding, a title that he maintains to this day.

Prince Philip, who officially gave up his royal duties in May 2017, is during her reign the power & stay & # 39; of Queen Elizabeth II (and he calls her this cute nickname). So it looks like a title is exactly that. You will not want to miss these 21 candid, rarely seen photographs of the British royal family.

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