PRINCE ANDREW’S dukedom of York will likely go to Prince Louis due to a century-old tradition.
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Prince Andrew was granted the dukedom of York by the Queen when he married now ex-wife Sarah Ferguson in July 1986. They tied the knot at Westminster Abbey and the minute they said “I do” became the Duke and Duchess of York. But why will Prince Louis likely be the next to become the Duke of York?
The York dukedom is a great honour to receive and was initially granted in the 14th century in the Peerage of England.
The title Duke of York has been created a total of eight times.
Since the 15th century, it has, when granted, usually been given to the second son of monarchs in England and Britain.
That means the title is likely to go to his grand-nephew Prince Louis.
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Prince Andrew title: The dukedom of York could go to Prince Louis (Image: GETTY)
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Prince Andrew title: Prince Louis could become the Duke of York (Image: GETTY)
Prince Louis, two, is the second son of Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge.
William is second in line to the throne and expected to take over the crown one day.
However, the title will only be granted to Louis if it’s available, so as long as Andrew is alive it will belong to him.
As Louis is unlikely to ever take over the throne as fifth in line to the throne behind his siblings George and Charlotte, he will only receive a dukedom on his wedding day.
Prince Andrew title: Andrew’s daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie won’t inherit dukedom (Image: GETTY)
If the dukedom of York is available at this point, it’s likely it will go to Prince Louis.
Usually, the dukedom of York would be inherited by the oldest legitimate son of the current duke.
But Prince Andrew does not have any sons and have daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.
According to old rules of noble titles, Beatrice, despite being the eldest York child, cannot inherit her father’s dukedom because she is a woman.
Duchess titles are only given to those who marry a Duke, so Princess Beatrice will never become Duchess of York like her mother, Sarah.
Another option for Louis to inherit the title is to be created an Earl on his wedding day and wait for the dukedom to become available.
This has been done before, for Andrew’s younger brother Prince Edward.
Prince Edward was made Earl of Wessex on his wedding day in June 1999.
Prince Edward was granted the Earldom of Wessex when he married Sophie (Image: GETTY)
However, the desire is that he will be given the title of Duke of Edinburgh after the Queen and Prince Philip are both dead.
Currently, Philip and the Queen hold the titles of Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh respectively.
The Earl title is a rank below a dukedom, and the initial announcement shocked many royal commentators.
The Queen broke from tradition, making Prince Edward the first child of a monarch to miss out on a dukedom since the Tudor era.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK