Saturday, 28 Mar 2020

Princess Beatrice wedding: Why Bea WON’T become Duchess when she marries

Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi will hold their wedding at the Chapel Royal in St James’s Palace on May 29. By virtue of being a princess, Bea is entitled to the Royal Highness title, but she won’t become a duchess when she marries. Here’s why.

Royal titles are offered to members of the family by the Queen after they are married.

This was the case when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle married and became the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

But the title is not given after every royal wedding, for example when Bea’s sister Princess Eugenie got married, she did not become a Duchess.

There are two ways to become a Duke or Duchess: either the title is inherited or it’s bestowed by the Queen.

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The rule or tradition associated with the inheritance of the title seems a little outdated.

Only sons and grandsons of the monarch can receive royal Dukedoms, the highest-ranking hereditary title.

When Eugenie was married to Jack Brooksbank, there was no precedent for her to be named a Duchess.

Furthermore, as a woman, she was not eligible to inherit her father’s Dukedom of York.

Non-royal females have been able to take the title of Duchess.

Bea and Eugenie’s mother Sarah Ferguson became the Duchess of York when she married Prince Andrew because her husband is a duke.

Since they’ve divorced, she can still use the title but her name is now styled as Sarah, Duchess of York.

There are 30 Dukes in the UK, only five of which are members of the Royal Family and whose titles are ceremonial, plus Prince Charles, who is the current Duke of Cornwall and head of a 135,000-acre estate known as the Duchy of Cornwall.

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In the case of Beatrice, the Queen could make an exception by handing her the title of Duchess.

However, Eugenie and her sister are not full-time working royals, so there is no real validity in it.

But with Meghan and Harry stepping back from their roles as senior royals, there is a suggestion that Beatrice could take on a bigger role within the Royal Family.

This was hinted at when the Queen offered the Princess Buckingham Palace as a location for her wedding reception.

This is a rare treat and one not seen since the wedding of Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge.

A Daily Mail source said: “It was a really special gesture as it will be the first wedding celebration at Buckingham Palace since William and Catherine’s in 2011.”

This may be the surest sign yet that 31-year-old Beatrice could become a working royal role.

The Crown’s royal historian, Robert Lacey, told Hello! Magazine: “It’s quite clear that one of the consequences is that Beatrice and Eugenie will now be brought forward – if they’re willing to be brought forward.”

Beatrice has never been a working royal and has her own job at an American company.

She is vice-president of partnerships and strategy at Afiniti where she focuses on client development.

Her salary is unknown, but her income was subsidised by her father, Prince Andrew, the Queen’s scandal-riddled son who stepped back as a working royal last year.

This might prove even more reason for Beatrice and her younger sister, Eugenie, to step up.

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