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Prince Philip title: The TWO royals up for Duke of Edinburgh title

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Prince Philip was granted the Duke of Edinburgh by King George VI in 1947, the day before he married then-Princess Elizabeth. Subsequently, Philip’s wife was styled Duchess of Edinburgh until her accession in 1952, when Princess Elizabeth became Queen Elizabeth II.

The Duke of Edinburgh title was first created in 1726.

The title was first created in the Peerage of Great Britain by King George I, who bestowed it on his grandson Prince Frederick.

Prince Frederick became the Prince of Wales the following year.

The subsidiary titles of the dukedom were Baron of Snowdon, in the County of Caernarvon, Viscount of Launceston, in the County of Cornwall, Earl of Eltham, in the County of Kent, and Marquess of the Isle of Ely.

In 1866, the title was re-created by Queen Victoria, this time in the peerage of the UK, for her second son Prince Alfred.

When Alfred became the Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in 1893, he retained his British titles.

His only son Alfred, Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha completed suicide in 1899, so the Dukedom of Edinburgh and subsidiary titles became extinct upon the elder Alfred’s death in 1900.

But 47 years later, it was brought back for Prince Philip’s marriage to the Queen.

Prince Philip has now held the title for more than 60 years.

However, upon his death, the title likely to be granted to a younger member of the Royal Family.

Prince Edward is the youngest son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.

Usually, sons of the monarch are granted dukedoms when they marry, but Edward was instead made the Earl of Wessex when he married Sophie Rhys-Jones in 1999.

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Experts had at the time of his wedding suggested the former royal dukedom of Cambridge as the most likely to be granted to Prince Edward.

Instead, the dukedom went to Prince William on his wedding day and him and Kate Middleton are now known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The Earl of Wessex could be the next to be given the title Duke of Edinburgh.

This is unlikely to happen by direct inheritance, as Prince Edward is the youngest of Prince Philip’s three sons.

Rather, the title is expected to be newly created for Prince Edward after it eventually reverts to the crown with the death of the current Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales’ succession as King.

After Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II have both died, it is the intention King Charles III will recreate the Edinburgh dukedom for his youngest brother.

But Edward isn’t the only one that could be granted the Edinburgh dukedom.

If the Earl of Wessex denies a dukedom, it could go to younger members of the Royal Family – including Prince Louis.

Prince Louis is the youngest son of future King Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and is expected to get a title on his wedding day.

Although many believe Louis could be the next Duke of York, as is custom for the second son of a monarch, this title could become extinct due to the controversy surrounding the current holder, Prince Andrew.

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