Queen Elizabeth Is Passing On One Very Unexpected Title to Prince Charles as He Prepares To Take the Throne

Queen Elizabeth will be passing on a slew of titles to Prince Charles once he is on the throne. Her Majesty currently has a host of royal titles to her name, and most of her styles will go to Charles when he inherits the crown. But there is one unexpected title that Queen Elizabeth will give to Charles, and it is one that goes to every Sovereign regardless of their gender.

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What titles will Charles receive when he becomes King?

Once Queen Elizabeth passes on and Charles takes the throne, he will inherit most of her old titles. And his title as the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cornwall will likely go to his oldest son, Prince William.

Some of Charles’ new styles will include the Defender of the Fail and the Head of the Church of England. Once Charles is in charge, he may wish to make additional changes to how royal titles are handed down.

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Queen Elizabeth, for example, passed a law that enabled female heirs to the throne to receive HRH styles upon birth. The rules had previously only given male heirs that right.

This is why William and Kate Middleton’s second child, Princess Charlotte, was given an HRH designation when she was born. The rule change also allowed Charlotte to remain fourth in line to the throne even after Prince Louis was born in 2018.

A look at all of Queen Elizabeth’s titles

Queen Elizabeth has been sitting on the throne since February of 1952, making her the longest-reigning monarch in British history. She also appears on money in 35 countries, which is a record for a ruling Sovereign.

Her Majesty’s official title is 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.

She also holds a slew of other titles that she has picked up over time. This includes the Mother of all People, which the Salish country in Canada granted her.

When it comes to unofficial titles, Her Majesty is called Missis Queen in Jamaica, the White Heron in New Zealand, and Tui Viti in Fiji.

While many people refer to her as the Queen of England, Elizabeth is actually not the Queen of England. Queen Elizabeth I was the last to hold that title. Instead, she should be called Queen of the United Kingdom

Queen Elizabeth will pass on this unexpected title

Elizabeth has no shortage of royal titles, but one of her strangest styles is that of the Duke of Lancaster. Her Majesty inherited the name when she was ascended to the throne in 1952 following her father’s death.

According to Express, Queen Elizabeth is the main beneficiary of the Duchy of Lancaster and holds the title of the Duke of Lancaster because the male title is viewed as a higher rank than its female equivalent.

“If you go on the Duchy of Lancaster website, there is something in there that says why is it the Duke and not the Duchess of Lancaster,” royal expert Chris Ship explained. “But it’s all to do with old-fashioned things, the male title is seen as more senior than the female one.”

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To make things even more complicated, Queen Elizabeth goes by the title of the Duke of Normandy and Lord Mann whenever she visits the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.

Every ruler in the history of the British Empire sing 1399 has carried the title of the Duke of Lancaster. And that tradition will pass on to Charles, who is currently first in line to the throne. When that happens, Charles will be the first male to hold the Duke of Lancaster title since the 1950s.

With Queen Elizabeth only a few years away from celebrating her 70th year on the throne, it is only a matter of time before Charles inherits the crown. In the meantime, Charles is doing his best to prepare for the day that he becomes the King of the United Kingdom.