You learn something new every day! At least where the Royal Family is concerned! I’ll bet you will be just as stunned as I was with the following little-known bit of Royal protocol. Believe it or not, if it hadn’t been for the intercession of Queen Elizabeth II, neither Princess Charlotte nor the new Prince Louis would have had their current titles.
It's true!! Only firstborn Prince George would have been given the title “Prince” and the others would have had to settle for other, less-regal designations.
Gloucester Live UK is reporting that an obscure rule in the Royal line of succession is to blame for this near-miss.
And, what’s more, Great-Grandmum, the Queen, is responsible for anticipating this crisis and warding it off in the nick of time!
What is this mysterious rule? Well, “back in 1917 George V decided HRH titles should be limited. He ruled that only the monarch, their children, grandchildren and the Prince of Wales' first grandson could have official titles.
“Under the old rules, we would have had Prince George but his younger siblings would have had different titles.” That would have left the second and third born (and any subsequent issue) with non-royal titles, most likely: ‘Lady Charlotte Mountbatten-Windsor’ and ‘Lord Louis Mountbatten-Windsor.’ Doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, does it?
Before George was born, however, his great-grandmother “stepped in to ensure her great-grandchild had titles suitable for a future monarch.
“Just before Prince George was born the Queen issued a Letters Patent, a legal procedure which enables her to make a change without it going through Parliament, on the subject.
On the last day of 2012, the Palace published a notice in the London Gazette explaining what would happen as a result of the Queen’s actions.
"The Queen has been pleased by Letters Patent under the Great Seal of the Realm dated 31 December 2012 to declare that all the children of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales should have and enjoy the style, title and attribute of royal highness with the titular dignity of Prince or Princess prefixed to their Christian names or with such other titles of honour."
This means all of Prince William and Kate Middleton's children can be prince and princesses, including the newest addition to the family Prince Louis. What does it mean for the children of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle? Well, we’ll just have to see what is in store for them! From what we can tell, though, it appears that this provision will not apply to them.
Thank goodness Her Majesty the Queen had the foresight to take care of this potentially-explosive detail in advance of ever having to deal with it. That just goes to show you that Queen Elizabeth is on top of everything, which we always knew anyway, right?
To see another way little Princess Charlotte has made a name for herself, watch the video, below.