I think I should rather call this Fandangled Friday because I fear that I might be getting too technical here. Aaaah well, it’s my blog and I’ll post it. There’s no harm in trying to encourage a bit of brain exercise.
So to rehash the basics of last week, the categories of Royalty in order of precedence (as discussed so far);
Sovereign Grand Duke/Sovereign Grand Duchess
Sovereign Prince/Sovereign Princess
Sovereign Duke/Sovereign Duchess
Sovereign Margrave/Sovereign Margravine
Count Palatine/Countess Palatine
Normally the children and grandchildren of these are Princes and Princesses by default unless otherwise specified like in the case of some Empires where they are referred to as Grand Dukes/Grand Duchesses or Archdukes/Archduchesses.
Royal Level (Royal family)
Crown Prince or Hereditary Prince/Crown Princess or Hereditary Princess
Prince of the 1st Blood Royal/Princess of the 1st Blood Royal
Prince of the 2nd Blood Royal/Princess of the 2nd Blood Royal
A ruling monarch is referred to as Regnant and the spouse as a Consort. Sometimes these are afforded specific titles to identify them especially in the case of a male Consort. This also counts for 1st in line to a throne, who by default would be a Crown or Hereditary Prince but sometimes have specific titles.
A rare photo taken of the Crown Princess of Hispania in her Hispanian dance recital in Muren. Her full title is, Her Royal Highness the Princess Maria Dolores of Hispania, Princess of Cataljone, Duchess of Alba, Marchioness of Marco-Pirenez, Countess of Barcelona and Baroness of Hidalgo. Please note that the tiltles are Anglicized for our benefit. The Hispanian term for Princess for instance is Infanta. Also note that to shorten her title accurately in order to be recognized as the heir to the Hispanian throne one would refer to her as Her Royal Highness, the Princess of Cataljone.
Nowtoday, we will expound on the Nobility. This could be seen as the extended and very extended family members of Royal Houses. Royalty as we know is only acquired through birth up until the second generation but Nobility can extend in perpetuity in the inherited line. This means that the grand children of Nobility finally revert to “commoner” status if they are not the one inheriting the existing title. There are exceptions to all rules and remember one can gain a title of Nobility or Royalty if a monarch bestows one. All this can seem complicated but like learning the intricacies of a new language it will come naturally over time. Here are the categories of Noble titles in order of precedence;
Noble Prince/Noble Princess
Earl or Count/Countess
Just like with monarchs, the firstborn of a Noble inherits his title upon death or abdication. Also, the heir of a Noble gets to use his father’s highest subsidiary title as his own while in line of succession. An example will explain it clearly. The current Earl of Cartwright’s full title and style is as follows; His Lordship, the Lord James Cartwright, 9th Earl of Cartwright, Viscount Langdon, Baron Langdon of Cartwright. If and when the Earl has an heir he will be known as, the Honourable Viscount Langdon. All other children will be referred to as, the Honourable Lord or Lady (name) of Cartwright. Grandchildren will revert to plain Mr. or Miss. (name) Cartwright. I know this can get super technical and confusing and above all there are exceptions and controversies. For any question, please leave a comment on this post and I will reply.
Wives of Nobility also gain the female version of their husband’s titles by courtesy. Thus the wife of the Earl Cartwright will be Her Ladyship the Countess of Cartwright.
Here we see the Earl of Cartwright arriving at the Christmas Ball in 2011 with his mother.
We will discuss the wives of deceased title holders another day along with what is referred to as the “Gentry Level” just above commoner.
One of the things that make Royalty and Nobility, impossible to understand and appreciate is the complete misunderstanding of “precedence” and “importance’. If one has the sad misconception of the world of Royalty as being a place of one person being “more important” than the other then you have and will continue to completely miss the plot. A King has precedence over his son the Prince. Yet if you ask a loving father to choose between his own life and that of his son, what would he choose? The King clearly has importance in one context but then doesn’t in another. It is for us all to define these contexts and it takes a lifetime.
The point is, a Duke has precedence over a Baron but he isn’t “more important” or more valuable. That’s a silly notion caused by hundreds of years of misunderstanding. If you eat food then your lips touch it before your tongue, then your throat precedes your stomach and then it gets dissolved into the blood and is transported wherever it is needed. So precedence explains the fact that everybody has a function and place in the body of a Kingdom. If the Baron doesn’t like being down the ladder from the King or the commoner dislikes the Nobility then it just requires putting responsibility before personal preference. The main factor remains however they are all under a “crown” and have the benefits and responsibilities of living in a kingdom.
A poignant reminder. The old crown jewels of Scotney, destroyed in the revolution. When Royalty is misunderstood, it either causes conquest from the Royal side or Revolution from the commoner side. To misunderstand Royalty causes sadness. Find the Prince or Princess in your heart, regardless of your place in the world. Be the best "you", you can be.
The main benefit afforded by a Kingdom over any other government system is plainly, that nothing else provides such an obvious “fairytale” quality and aspirational forum for happy endings, against all odds.