Skip to comments.Prince William created Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Strathearn and Baron Carrickfergus.
Posted on 04/29/2011 12:22:43 AM PDT by naturalman1975
THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT IS ISSUED BY THE PRESS SECRETARY TO THE QUEEN
The Queen has today been pleased to confer a Dukedom on Prince William of Wales. His titles will be Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Strathearn and Baron Carrickfergus.
Prince William thus becomes His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge and Miss Catherine Middleton on marriage will become Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge.
In 1706 George Augustus (subsequently George II) the only son of George Ludwig, Elector of Hanover (subsequently George I of Great Britain) was created with other titles Duke of Cambridge. On the accession of his father to the throne in 1714 he also became Duke of Cornwall and was created Prince of Wales. On his own accession to the throne in 1727 the Dukedom of Cambridge merged with The Crown and ceased.
Cambridge was previously a Royal Dukedom and four sons of James, Duke of York (afterwards James II) who died in infancy were all created Duke of Cambridge. As an Earldom Cambridge was a medieval Royal title. Edward IV was Duke of York and Earl of Cambridge till proclaimed King of England in 1461 when his titles merged with The Crown.
His father and grandfather both Richard Plantagenet were both Earls of Cambridge and the latter was also Duke of York. Edmund of Langley, 5th son of Edward III and great-grandfather of Edward IV, was created Earl of Cambridge in 1362 and Duke of York in 1385.
The Dukedom of Cambridge created in 1801 became extinct on the death of the 2nd Duke of Cambridge in 1904. Cambridge existed as a Marquessate from 1917 when it was conferred on Queen Marys brother till 1981 when the 2nd Marquess died and the title became extinct.
Strathearn has had Royal connections since Robert Stewart, High Steward of Scotland, was created Earl of Strathearn in 1357. In 1371 he succeeded his Uncle as King of Scotland becoming Robert II and the Earldom merged with The Crown Robert II created his 5th son David, Earl of Strathearn in 1371. Subsequently in 1427 the 6th son of Robert II was created Earl of Strathearn.
In 1766 George IIIs younger brother Prince Henry Frederick was created Duke of Cumberland and Strathearn. He died without issue in 1790 and in 1799 Queen Victorias father was created Duke of Kent and Strathearn. These Dukedoms became extinct on his death in 1820. Finally, Prince Arthur William Patrick Albert, 3rd son of Queen Victoria was created Duke of Connaught and Strathearn in 1874. He died in 1942 and was succeeded by his grandson who died the following year 1943 since when Strathearn as a title has been extinct.
An Irish Viscountcy of Chichester of Carrickfergus now held by the Marquess of Donegall was created in 1625 but Carrickfergus alone only existed as a title between 1841 and 1883. The 3rd Marquess of Donegall was created Baron Ennishowen and Carrickfergus, of Ennishowen, co: Donegal and Carrickfergus, co: Antrim. He died in 1883 being succeeded by his brother and the Barony became extinct.
Carrickfergus is County Antrims oldest town. The word means Rock of Fergus and as an urban settlement it predates Belfast. It is on the north shore of Belfast Lough and is the site of Carrickfergus Castle which dates from circa 1180 and is one of the best preserved Castles in Ireland.
I am in London for the wedding, and while I am a monarchist (and being of joint British-Australian citizenship), I am allowed to be, I know a lot of people are following this even if they personally would not support such a system. The atmosphere here is electric.
Which one of ‘em becomes the holder of the Sacred Chalice of Rixx ?
That is a great title if you say it loud....s l o w l y....
So Diana was NOT a Princess officially?
Baron Carrickfergus is the only title I’m impressed by
She was Her Royal Highness, Diana, The Princess of Wales, but not Princess Diana.
She held her title as Princess via her husband - she was not a Princess in her own right, as Princess Margaret, Princess Anne, Princess Beatrice, or Princess Eugenie were or are.
After their divorce, she was given special permission to continue using the title ‘Princess of Wales’ out of respect for her position as mother of a future King, but she lost the ‘Royal Highness’.
I have to go or I will be late and that would not do!
I’m glad someone is keeping up with all of this because I’m certainly not.
Thank you for the explanation... Give the Royal ‘couple’ best wishes from US.
Probably going to have to pull a sword out of something or other and fight something big and bad with it to get the Sacred Chalice of Rixx.
Then you have to contend with a bunch of mind reading Betazoids all pi$$ed off :^)
it will not go to Charles?
All that fuss over a moldy clay pot...
Why would she do that ? I thought she was looking forward to surpassing Victoria’s 63+ year reign, which occurs in 2015.
“Baron Carrickfergus is the only title Im impressed by”
I wonder if they’ll be neighbors of the Earl of Snuffaluffagus. :)
I feel sorry for Kate. She has such a happy countenance while he seems so dour.
Hope she has some great gal pals so she can have some fun times in her life.
No it doesn't. It's just to avoid calling Kate Princess William.
From the wiki:
Prince Andrew married Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey on 23 July 1986, the same day the Queen created him Duke of York, Earl of Inverness, and Baron Killyleagh
On his wedding day, the Queen conferred on Prince Edward the titles of Earl of Wessex and Viscount Severn.
This is off topic, but I’m watching the wedding just to see if Mr. Bean will ruin things. :)
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