Queen Elizabeth Broke This Royal Title Rule For Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis

In the royal family, rules and titles are everything. Which means royal title rules are often followed to a T. That said, Queen Elizabeth II can pretty much do whatever she wants. And, if she wants to break a royal rule, she does so. Speaking of breaking royal rules, Her Majesty broke one royal title rule for her great-grandchildren, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.

Up ahead, find out what rule she broke (and why), plus other royal family title rules Her Majesty follows.

Royal title rules

Princess Charlotte and Prince George
Princess Charlotte and Prince George’s royal titles are exceptions to the rules.| Steve Parsons – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth might love her royal rulebook, but she doesn’t have to follow the protocol. She is the Queen of England after all. So, when her grandson — and second in line to the throne — Prince William welcomed his first child into the world, she made a major exception to the young royal’s title.

In the royal family, prince and princess status belongs to the monarch’s children and grandchildren. Which means their great-grandchildren technically don’t qualify. That said, because Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis hold significant spots on the British line of succession, Her Majesty made an exception and broke the royal title rule.

With that said, some believe that Queen Elizabeth II could do the same for her newest great-grandbaby, Baby Sussex. However, since the young royal is seventh in line to the throne, Her Majesty might not see the point and grant Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s firstborn a less prominent royal status. And, rumor has it, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex might decline Her Majesty’s offer altogether.

In addition to this royal title rule, Queen Elizabeth II considers a laundry list of other royal rules when choosing such status for family members (including royal babies). Here are some of the other title rules she considers:

Geographical location and family ties

Many royal titles — especially dukedoms — feature a geographical location such as Sussex and Cambridge. And, when naming a royal baby, the monarch typically considers the parents’ royal title and often includes the geographical location in the new royal’s title. That’s why Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis are the Princes and Princess of Cambridge.

Reputation

The royal family is all about good reputation — which is why it sometimes takes a couple of weeks to decide on a name for their royal babies. In a similar manner, the queen always considers reputation when granting titles to royals. She ensures that the person who held the title beforehand didn’t have a negative public image.

His or Her Royal Highness

A royal title stylized with His or Her Royal Highness is one of the most prominent peerages in the royal family (next to Her and His Majesty, of course). The queen doesn’t always attach His and Her Royal Highness to royal titles, but she typically gives them out to full-time members of the royal family, as well as those closer to the throne.


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