‘A show of power!’ Queen holds various titles which have unique essence -‘Paramount Chief’

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QUEEN ELIZABETH II has different titles which she is well-known for.

In Fiji, people address her as ‘Paramount Chief’ and ‘The White Heron’ by the Maori people of New Zealand.

A news report by MyLondon claimed that before her accession to the throne on February 6, 1952, the Queen was simply known as Her Royal Highness The Princess Elizabeth, Duchess of Edinburgh, but she now has a bounty of titles to her name – some of which are incredibly confusing.

The official title of the Queen is: Elizabeth II, 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.

While that title is impressive enough on it’s own, it doesn’t mention the Queen’s additional styles of the Duke of Lancaster and the Duke of Normandy.

Queen Elizabeth II has different titles which she is well-known for.

Queen Elizabeth II has different titles which she is well-known for. (Image: Getty Images)

In Britain, while she is mostly addressed as Queen Elizabeth II or Her Majesty

In Britain, while she is mostly addressed as Queen Elizabeth II or Her Majesty (Image: Getty Images)

The fact may come as a surprise to many but the Queen is known as a Duke – rather than a Duchess – for some very important and historical reasons.

It was her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria who started using the title Duke of Lancaster. She did this because she believed the title Duchess was referring to the spouse of a Duke, as opposed to the holder of a royal Dukedom.

The Duchy of Lancaster website reads: “Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is the current Duke of Lancaster.

“During a reign which has lasted over 60 years, Her Majesty has taken a keen interest in the estate, paying regular visits to the Surveys.

Queen Elizabeth is also known as the Duke of Normandy, a title which she holds in the Channel Islands

Queen Elizabeth is also known as the Duke of Normandy, a title which she holds in the Channel Island (Image: Getty Images)

“The title Duke of Lancaster continues to be used, even for a female monarch.

“At gatherings of Lancastrians within the County Palatine and worldwide, the toast is: ‘The Queen, Duke of Lancaster!’”

Queen Elizabeth is also known as the Duke of Normandy, a title which she holds in the Channel Islands, consisting of the Bailiwicks of Jersey and Guernsey and their dependencies.

The use of this style reflects the fact that these islands had been part of the Duchy of Normandy since the 10th century.

In Fiji, people address her as ‘Paramount Chief’

In Fiji, people address her as ‘Paramount Chief’ (Image: Getty Images)

She is called ‘The White Heron’ by the Maori people of New Zealand.

She is called ‘The White Heron’ by the Maori people of New Zealand. (Image: Getty Images)

While the Queen reigns as monarch in the same way that she does in Mainland UK, she is sometimes referred to as ‘The Crown in Right of Jersey/Guernsey’ or ‘The Queen, Our Duke’.

In terms of official addresses for the Queen, the Royal Family website details how you should style a formal letter to the monarch.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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