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Why Was Prince Philip not Addressed As King?

The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, died on Friday at the age of 99. Five years before she became queen, the prince married Queen Elizabeth II – but when she was coronated, he didn’t get the king’s title. Prince Philip, who is actually a former prince of Denmark and Greece, never followed the throne of Great Britain.

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Prince Philip married Queen Elizabeth II in 1947. After her father’s death, Prince Philip became queen in 1952. Later, she gave her husband the prince’s title.

Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, died Friday at the age of 99.

Philip had heart problems some time ago and had a pre-existing heart condition procedure recently.

Philip was the British consort with the longest service in history. After he married Queen Elizabeth II in 1947, he became a prince consort.

Strange Parliamentary Law

The reason is the strange British parliamentary law that decrees that a man married to a queen is called a “prince consort” instead of a king. In British kingship, the only way to be king is by inheriting the title.

The situation for women is different. By inheriting the throne, they can become queens. Or, if they marry a king, they could be called a “queen consort.” That’s why the mother of Queen Elizabeth, also called Elizabeth, became queen as her husband became King George VI.

That is, a king can be only a monarch, while the queen can denote a monarch or a monarch’s wife.

Similarly, if Prince William ultimately be king, Kate Middleton may become Queen Catherine, although it is a ceremonial title. Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles’ wife, who will be next to the throne after Queen Elizabeth, already made it known that she intends to be known more as a princess than a queen.

Prince Philip, husband of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, dies at 99

The Reason Why Prince Philip Was Not Called King

Philip was never given the title of King during his 73-year marriage to the Queen. The title of the Queen is traditionally considered less than a king. The title of queen may mean either a female monarch or the monarch’s wife, whereas a royal monarch can only ever be described, according to Mental Floss .This could explain why Philip never was called a King of England or a royal consort and because during the coronation of the monarch in 1953 he was not crowned.


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