Why is Princess Eugenie a Princess When Her Cousin Zara Is Not?
Did you know that there is a patent which states that the UK sovereign’s grandchildren can use Prince or Princess royal titles? It’s true, although not all grandchildren use this title. In the case of 30-year old Eugenie, the daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah, Duchess of York she is known commonly as Princess Eugenie. Princess Eugenie is tenth in the line of succession to the throne.
The rules regarding the usage of the title Prince or Princess were laid out in a 1917 by a Letters Patent issued by King George.
Princess Eugenie has steadily increased her social media presence in recent times and she is one of the most referenced members of The Firm. She married Jack Brooksbank in 2018 and married in the same chapel as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
What is Princess Eugenie’s full formal name?
Before she married, Princess Eugenie’s official title was Her Royal Highness, Princess Eugenie of York. That moniker got even longer after her wedding and now she is known as Her Royal Highness, Princess Eugenie, Mrs. Jack Brooksbank.
Princess Eugenie is a Princess because of a Letters Patent issued by King George V in 1917
Princess Eugenie and her sister Princess Beatrice both qualify to use the appellation princess, but other of Queen Elizabeth’s grandchildren do not use the title.
Not all of the Queen’s grandchildren hold royal titles
Why would some but not all of the queen’s grandchildren use a royal title?
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For instance, Zara Tindall is the daughter of Princess Anne. But she and her brother Peter were not entitled to royal status by birth based on the language of the patent. According to King George’s patent, titles can only be given to a sovereign’s grandchildren born via a son, not a daughter.
The Queen reportedly made an offer to Princess Anne to give her children the title honor, but she declined.
If you thought that Zara might feel slighted by the lack of a title, think again! Zara told the Times in 2015, “I’m very lucky that both my parents decided to not use the title and we grew up and did all the things that gave us the opportunity to do.”
To further muddy the waters, the placement of the title word princess in relation to one’s name is dependent on one’s standing according to royal watcher Marlene Koenig.
Thus, the word princess is followed by one’s name if she is born royal, such as Princess Eugenie. But, if a woman marries into the family, then the placement changes with the title typically coming after the birth name. A good example of this is the name of Prince Charles’ late wife who became, Diana, Princess of Wales.