PRINCESS Charlotte recently celebrated her fifth birthday in lockdown, marked by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with a selection of photos. The young Princess may one day inherit a title from her great-aunt, the Princess Royal.
Princess Charlotte recently celebrated her fifth birthday, marked on May 2 by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with a selection of never-before-seen photos. The Princess is yet to delve into the life of an official royal, but she is already lined up to inherit one of the monarchy’s most prestigious titles.
Princess Charlotte was immediately a Princess on birth thanks to her father, Prince William.
His position in the immediate line of succession makes each of his children Princes and Princesses, and each one will likely collect other titles as they grow older.
In Charlotte’s case, she is poised to take the title of her great aunt, the Princess Royal.
The title is afforded to the eldest daughter of the reigning monarch and held for life.
Princess Charlotte title: Will Charlotte inherit THIS title when William is King? (Image: PA)
Princess Charlotte title: Princess Charlotte would become Princess Royal when William becomes King (Image: GETTY)
Royal expert Duncan Larcombe told Town and Country Magazine the particulars of the title mean Charlotte won’t receive it until Princess Anne dies.
He said: “The title of Princess Royal is traditionally bestowed on the eldest daughter of the monarch.
“It is a title that remains for life, so Princess Charlotte will have to wait at least until the death of the current Princess Royal.
“Princess Anne had to wait until 1987 before her mother the Queen bestowed the title of Princess Royal on her, even though the title had been vacant since 1965.”
Princess Charlotte title: Princess Anne will remain Princess Royal until her death (Image: GETTY)
Before Princess Anne, the last royal to hold the title was Queen Elizabeth II’s sister, Princess Margaret.
The title also applies some extreme rules to potential suitors of the Princess Royal, who risk their lives if they sleep with her before she is married.
Mr Larcombe added: “Under ancient British law, any man who sleeps with the Princess Royal before they are married is guilty of high treason—punishable by execution!”
“Perhaps Princess Charlotte’s future boyfriends had better look out.”
Princess Charlotte title: Prince Edward may one day become the Duke of Edinburgh (Image: GETTY)
Mr Larcombe explained if Anne relinquished the title before she married, Prince William would likely wait to award it to Charlotte.
He said: “At the very least, Wills and Kate are likely to wait until after Charlotte marries before giving her the title.”
The rules which apply to the Princess Royal also apply to some other royal titles, which can’t be relinquished until the holder dies.
Among them is the Duke of Edinburgh, currently held by 98-year-old Prince Philip.
When he dies, the title will go back to the Crown, ready to be inherited by another royal.
The most likely candidate to take it on is the next in line to the throne, Prince Charles.
However, the Queen could decide to award it to her youngest son, Prince Edward.
Charles has already amassed a selection of titles such as the Prince of Wales and Duke of Cornwall, so experts believe he might pass on it.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK