PRINCE WILLIAM has three royal children with Kate, Duchess of Cambridge. But did you know the Queen granted William’s children honours not awarded to her other great-grandchildren?
Responsibility for awarding royal titles lies solely with the Queen. This means only the Queen can determine who receives any sort of royal title, including the titles of Prince and Princess. And for three of her great-grandchildren, the Queen decided to make a major exception to a long-held royal tradition.
Many members of the Royal Family have carried the title of Prince and Princess in the past.
But in recent years the Royal Family has significantly reduced the number of royal titles it awards its own members.
This is because in 1917, King George V wrote a Letters Patent which entitled only the legitimate daughters of a British sovereign to be automatically known as Princess.
Under the terms of the Letters Patent, a woman is also entitled to be known as a Princess if she is married to a British Prince.
Prince William heartbreak: How children different from Queen’s other great-grandchildren (Image: GETTY)
Prince William heartbreak: The Queen issued a royal decree that meant Prince William’s children would be Princes and Princesses (Image: GETTY)
Other women born into the Royal Family could only receive the title of Princess if she was born to one of the sons of a British monarch.
For this reason, as the children of the Queen’s son Prince Andrew, his daughters Eugenie and Beatrice are entitled to be known as Princess.
But it is also for this reason that Princess Anne’s children, Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall, are without any royal titles.
But these rules were implemented before there were four generations of royals in the Royal Family.
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Prince William heartbreak: Peter Phillips and his children do not have royal titles (Image: GETTY)
Along with many grandchildren, the Queen and Prince Philip have eight great-grandchildren.
And as one of her great-grandchildren is a direct heir to the throne, the Queen decided to issue her own royal decree before Prince George’s birth in 2013.
The Queen’s formal decree stated “all the children of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales” will be entitled to be known as His or Her Royal Highness (HRH).
All of Prince William’s children will also be “with the titular dignity of Prince or Princess prefixed to their Christian names”.
Under the old system, only the Queen’s grandchildren would have been entitled to Princess of Princess titles if they were born to one of her son’s.
Subsequently Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis all hold Prince and Princess titles.
However the Queen’s decision to change the rules in 2013 only applied to the Cambridge children, not to any of the Queen’s other great-grandchildren.
This means many of George, Charlotte and Louis’ cousins are without royal titles, and are not known as Prince or Princess.
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s son Archie Harrison is not known as a Prince.
However in the future Archie may receive his own royal title, as he will be the grandson of the reigning monarch one day.
The Queen also has four other great-grandchildren through Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips.
Zara has two daughters, Mia and Lena, who are without any royal titles at all.
Peter Phillips also has daughters Savannah and Isla, who are also without any titles.
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