Before becoming Queen Elizabeth II she was Duchess of .... ?
#125891. Asked by nibbles0011. (May 05 12 9:48 AM)
Queen Elizabeth II was a Princess above all other titles, until her accession to the throne. |
"After her marriage in 1947, Princess Elizabeth paid formal visits with The Duke of Edinburgh to France and Greece, and in autumn 1951 they toured Canada."
As http://www.royal.gov.uk/ThecurrentRoyalFamily/ThePrinceofWales/Stylesandtitles.aspx demonstrates for Prince Charles (Earl of Chester, Duke of Cornwall, Duke of Rothesay, Earl of Carrick, Baron of Renfrew, Lord of the Isles and Prince and Great Steward of Scotland), members of the royal family, and many nobles, often are entitled to several titles beyond their highest one, but they are infrequently used.
Since the time her father became king, she remained Princess Elizabeth above all other titles, prior to becoming queen herself. As a couple, Elizabeth and Phillip, like William and Kate now, were referred to as Duke and Duchess for brevity and convenience, but a member of the royal line is a prince or princess first (he is Prince William, she is the Duchess of Cambridge).
Before she became Queens Elizabeth II she was : HRH Princess Elizabeth, Duchess of Edinburgh. When her biography was published in 1950 its title was:|
Duchess of Edinburgh
The Illustrated Story of the Life of the Heir Presumptive
Published by Gracious Permission of His Majesty The King
by Dermot Morrah
Oldhams Press 1950 (143 pages)
When she was born on April 21, 1926, The Queen was titled 'Her Royal Highness Princess Elizabeth of York'. This is the same title that her granddaughters Beatrice and Eugenie hold as the daughters of the Duke of York. Her full name was Elizabeth Alexandra Mary of York. Her paternal grandmother was Queen Mary and her paternal great grandmother was Queen Alexandra, so Princess Elizabeth's middle names were a tribute to them both. Of course, Princess Elizabeth was not expected to become Queen. Her father was second in line to the throne after his brother Edward, The Prince of Wales. As is famously known, Edward abdicated the throne to marry Wallis Simpson, which meant that the Duke of York became King.
When Princess Elizabeth's father became King George VI in 1936, her title changed to 'Her Royal Highness The Princess Elizabeth' which is the style and title of the daughter of the sovereign. Princess Elizabeth was now heir to the throne. When she married Prince Philip of Greece, who was granted the title The Duke of Edinburg, she was then HRH The Princess Elizabeth, Duchess of Edinburgh.
When she ascended the throne at the age of 25, Her Majesty The Queen took on a number of titles. The Queen's title varies depending on where she is. In the UK she is: 'Her Majesty Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and of Her other Realms and Territories, Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith.'
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