Royal family: who is the new Duke of Edinburgh?

King Charles and Prince Edward on a balcony and in top hats and suits.

There’s a new duke in town (Picture: Getty)

The title of Duke of Edinburgh was held by Prince Philip for over 70 years until his death on April 9, 2021.

The honor was given to him on November 19, 1947 by King George VI. who gave it to his son-in-law when he married the then Princess Elizabeth.

On Philip’s death on April 9, 2021, the title passed to his first-born son, then Prince Charles, who ascended to the throne to become King after the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on September 8, 2022.

Ever since he became king, many have wondered who King Charles would give the duchy to, but now we know the answer.

Here’s everything you need to know, including how

Who is the new Duke of Edinburgh?

The new Duke of Edinburgh is Prince Edward, youngest brother of Charles and youngest child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.

Charles officially bestowed the title on Prince Edward on March 10, 2023, coinciding with Edward’s 59th birthday.

Buckingham Palace said in a statement: “His Majesty the King was delighted to bestow the Duchy of Edinburgh on Prince Edward on the occasion of His Royal Highness’ 59th birthday today.

“The title will be held by HRH during his lifetime. The duchy was last created for Prince Philip in 1947, following his marriage to Princess Elizabeth, who held the title of Duchess of Edinburgh before ascending the throne in 1952.

“The new Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh are proud to continue Prince Philip’s legacy of promoting opportunities for young people of all backgrounds to reach their full potential.”

The king had inherited the title on April 9, 2021, the same day his father died, but it was always known that he would not appear as a duke when he ascended the throne.

Granting the title to Edward has been planned since 1999 with the Queen’s approval – essentially the monarch’s approval is all that is required for the title to be redistributed among the male bloodline.

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh visiting schoolboys in 1958

The Duke of Edinburgh Award has been extended to over 100 countries (Image: Getty)

Prince Edward already oversees the Duke of Edinburgh Award, Philip’s initiative to encourage and reward physical education among young people.

Although Charles agreed to his late father’s wishes in 1999, it initially seemed unclear whether Charles would actually pass the duchy to Edward if he became king.

Edward appeared to be aware of the uncertainty, hinting in a TV interview after Philip’s death: “It was kind of a pipe dream for my father … and of course it will depend on the Prince of Wales becoming king when he comes, whether he does that.” .’

Prince Philip takes his son Prince Edward for a walk.

It had always been Prince Philip’s wish that Edward would inherit his title (Image: Andrew Parsons/PA Wire)

But now all uncertainty is clear and Edward will inherit the duchy.

However, the duchy will not pass to the Edinburghs’ son James if Edward dies.

Viscount Severn will become Earl of Wessex and Forfar when the title of Duke of Edinburgh reverts to the crown, the palace said.

Edward will also remain Earl of Forfar for life, another of his titles, but he will use Duke of Edinburgh because it is the older Scottish title.

How do royals decide titles?

There are certain traditions and rules when it comes to granting the title of duke.

In the British peerage, a royal duke is a member of the British royal family entitled to the title of prince.

Dukedoms are the highest titles in the British list of nobility and the holders of these particular dukedoms are Princes of the Blood Royal.

King George VI bestowed the newly created title on his son-in-law in 1947 (Image: Getty)

The holders of the duchies are royal, not the titles themselves. They are titles created and bestowed on sons and male grandsons of the British monarch, usually upon reaching adulthood (officially known as coming of age) or upon marriage.

The titles can be inherited, but are no longer officially royal once they extend beyond a monarch’s grandchildren.

The title of Duke of Edinburgh has been created three times by three different monarchs.

The last Duke of Edinburgh was Alfred, Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, son of Prince Alfred and grandson of Queen Victoria before he was succeeded by King George VI. was newly created.

The title became extinct after Alfred’s suicide in 1900, allowing King George to recreate it and bestow it on his son-in-law 47 years later.

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