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A PRINCE is a male ruler or member of a monarch's or former monarch's family. Prince
is also a title of nobility , often hereditary , in some European states . The feminine equivalent is a princess . The English word derives, via the French word prince, from the Latin
noun princeps , from primus (first) + capio (to seize), meaning "the chief, most distinguished, ruler , prince".


* 1 Historical background * 2 Prince
as generic for ruler

* 3 Prince
of the blood

* 3.1 Specific titles

* 4 Prince
as a substantive title

* 4.1 Prince
as a reigning monarch

* 4.1.1 Extant principalities * 4.1.2 Micronations * 4.1.3 Prince
exercising head of state\'s authority

* 4.2 Non-dynastic princes

* 5 Title in various Western traditions and languages

* 5.1 Romance languages
Romance languages
* 5.2 Celtic languages * 5.3 Germanic languages
Germanic languages
* 5.4 Slavic languages
Slavic languages
* 5.5 Other Western languages

* 6 Title in other traditions and languages

* 6.1 Islamic traditions

* 6.2 Non-Islamic Asian traditions

* 6.2.1 China * 6.2.2 Japan * 6.2.3 Korea * 6.2.4 Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
* 6.2.5 India * 6.2.6 Indochina * 6.2.7 Philippines * 6.2.8 Thailand

* 6.3 African traditions

* 7 Title in religion * 8 Otherwise * 9 See also * 10 References * 11 External links


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Cicero attacks Catiline
in the Senate of the Roman Republic
Roman Republic

The Latin
word prīnceps (older Latin
*prīsmo-kaps, literally "the one who takes the first "), became the usual title of the informal leader of the Roman senate
Roman senate
some centuries before the transition to empire , the princeps senatus .

Augustus established the formal position of monarch on the basis of principate , not dominion . He also tasked his grandsons as summer rulers of the city when most of the government were on holiday in the country or attending religious rituals, and, for that task, granted them the title of princeps.

The title has generic and substantive meanings:

* generically, prince refers to a member of a family that ruled by hereditary right , the title referring either to sovereigns or to cadets of a sovereign's family. The term may be broadly used of persons in various cultures, continents or eras. In Europe, it is the title legally borne by dynastic cadets in monarchies, and borne by courtesy by members of formerly reigning dynasties. * as a substantive title , a prince was a monarch of the lowest rank in post-Napoleonic Europe, e.g. Princes of, respectively, Andorra
, Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen , Mingrelia
, Monaco
, Waldeck and Pyrmont , Wallachia
, etc. * also substantively, the title was granted by popes and secular monarchs to specific individuals and to the heads of some high-ranking European families who, however, never exercised dynastic sovereignty and whose cadets are not entitled to share the princely title, viz the Princes de Beauvau-Craon, von Bismarck , Colonna
, von Dohna-Schlobitten , von Eulenburg, de Faucigny-Lucinge, von Lichnowsky , von Pless
, Ruffo di Calabria, (de Talleyrand
) von Sagan , van Ursel , etc. * generically, cadets of some non-sovereign families whose head bears the non-dynastic title of prince (or, less commonly, duke ) were sometimes also authorized to use the princely title, e.g. von Carolath-Beuthen, de Broglie , Demidoff di San Donato, Lieven , de Merode , Pignatelli , Radziwill , von Wrede , Yussopov , etc. * substantively, the heirs apparent in some monarchies use a specific princely title associated with a territory within the monarch's realm , e.g. the Princes of, respectively, Asturias (Spain), Grão Pará (Brazil, formerly), Orange (Netherlands), Viana (Navarre, formerly), Wales
(UK), etc. * substantively, it became the fashion from the 17th century for the heirs apparent of the leading ducal families to assume a princely title, associated with a seigneurie in the family's possession. These titles were borne by courtesy and preserved by tradition, not law, e.g. the princes de, respectively, Bidache (Gramont), Marcillac (La Rochefoucauld), Tonnay-Charente (Mortemart), Poix (Noailles), Léon (Rohan-Chabot),


The original, but now less common use of the word, originated in the application of the Latin
word princeps , from late Roman law , and the classical system of government that eventually gave way to the European feudal society. In this sense, a prince is a ruler of a territory which is sovereign , or quasi -sovereign, i.e., exercising substantial (though not all) prerogatives associated with monarchs of independent nations, as was common, for instance, within the historical boundaries of the Holy Roman Empire
Roman Empire
. In medieval and Early Modern Europe
, there were as many as two hundred such territories, especially in Italy, Germany, and Gaelic Ireland
Gaelic Ireland
. In this sense, "prince" is used of any and all rulers, regardless of actual title or precise rank. This is the Renaissance
use of the term found in Niccolò Machiavelli 's famous work, Il Principe .

As a title, by the end of the medieval era, prince was borne by rulers of territories that were either substantially smaller than or exercised fewer of the rights of sovereignty than did emperors and kings. A lord of even a quite small territory might come to be referred to as a prince before the 13th century, either from translations of a native title into the Latin
princeps (as for the hereditary ruler of Wales
), or when the lord's territory was allodial . The lord of an allodium owned his lands and exercised prerogatives over the subjects in his territory absolutely, owing no feudal homage or duty as a vassal to a liege lord , nor being subject to any higher jurisdiction. Most small territories designated as principalities during feudal eras were allodial, e.g. the Princedom of Dombes

Lords who exercised lawful authority over territories and people within a feudal hierarchy were also sometimes regarded as princes in the general sense, especially if they held the rank of count or higher. This is attested in some surviving styles for e.g., British earls, marquesses , and dukes are still addressed by the Crown on ceremonial occasions as high and noble princes (cf. Royal and noble styles ).

In parts of the Holy Roman Empire
Roman Empire
in which primogeniture did not prevail (e.g., Germany), all legitimate agnates had an equal right to the family's hereditary titles. While this meant that offices, such as emperor , king , and elector could only be legally occupied by one dynast at a time, holders of such other titles as duke , margrave , landgrave , count palatine , and prince could only differentiate themselves by adding the name of their appanage to the family's original title. Not only did this tend to proliferate unwieldy titles (e.g. Princess
Katherine of Anhalt-Zerbst , or Karl, Count
Palatine of Zweibrücken-Neukastell-Kleeburg , or Prince
Charles of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Plön-Norburg ), but as agnatic primogeniture gradually became the norm in the Holy Roman Empire
Roman Empire
by the end of the 18th century, another means of distinguishing the monarch from other members of his dynasty became necessary. Gradual substitution of the title of Prinz for the monarch's title of Fürst occurred, and became customary for cadets in all German dynasties except in the grand duchies of Mecklenburg
and Oldenburg
. Both Prinz and Fürst
are translated into English as "prince", but they reflect not only different but mutually exclusive concepts.

This distinction had evolved before the 18th century (Liechtenstein long remained an exception, cadets and females using Fürst/Fürstin into the 19th century) for dynasties headed by a Fürst
in Germany. The custom spread through the Continent to such an extent that a renowned imperial general who belonged to a cadet branch of a reigning ducal family, remains best known to history by the generic dynastic title, " Prince Eugene of Savoy
Prince Eugene of Savoy
". Note that the princely title was used as a prefix to his Christian
name, which also became customary.

Cadets of France's other princes étrangers affected similar usage under the Bourbon kings. Always facing the scepticism of Saint-Simon and like-minded courtiers, these quasi-royal aristocrats' assumption of the princely title as a personal, rather than territorial, designation encountered some resistance. In writing Histoire Genealogique et Chonologique, Père Anselme accepts that, by the end of the 17th century, the heir apparent to the House of La Tour d\'Auvergne 's sovereign duchy bears the title, prince de Bouillon, but he would record in 1728 that the heir's La Tour cousin, the Count of Oliergues, is "known as the Prince
Frederick" ("dit le prince Frédéric").

The post-medieval rank of gefürsteter Graf (princely count) embraced but elevated the German equivalent of the intermediate French, English and Spanish nobles. In the Holy Roman Empire, these nobles rose to dynastic status by preserving from the Imperial crown (de jure after the Peace of Westphalia in 1648) the exercise of such sovereign prerogatives as the minting of money; the muster of military troops and the right to wage war and contract treaties ; local judicial authority and constabular enforcement; and the habit of inter-marrying with sovereign dynasties. By the 19th century, cadets of a Fürst would become known as Prinzen.


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Main article: Prince du Sang
Prince du Sang
Louis de Bourbon, Prince
de Condé , was the premier prince du sang during his lifetime (painted by Joost van Egmont).

The husband of a queen regnant is usually titled "prince consort " or simply "prince", whereas the wives of male monarchs take the female equivalent (e.g., empress, queen) of their husband's title. In Brazil, Portugal and Spain, however, the husband of a female monarch was accorded the masculine equivalent of her title (e.g., emperor, king), at least after he fathered her heir. In previous epochs, husbands of queens regnant were often deemed entitled to the crown matrimonial , sharing their consorts' regnal title and rank jure uxoris ,

However, in cultures which allow the ruler to have several wives (e.g., four in Islam
) and/or official concubines (e.g., Imperial China , Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
, Thailand
, KwaZulu-Natal
) these women, sometimes collectively referred to as a harem there are often specific rules determining their relative hierarchy and a variety of titles, which may distinguish between those whose offspring can be in line for the succession or not, or specifically who is mother to the heir to the throne.

To complicate matters, the style His/Her (Imperial/Royal) Highness, a prefix often accompanying the title of a dynastic prince, may be awarded/withheld separately (as a compromise or consolation prize, in some sense, e.g., Duke
of Cádiz , Duchess
of Windsor , Princesse de Réthy , Prince
d\' Orléans-Braganza ).

Although the arrangement set out above is the one that is most commonly understood, there are also different systems. Depending on country, epoch, and translation, other usages of "prince" are possible.

Foreign-language titles such as Italian principe, French prince, German Fürst
and Prinz (non-reigning descendants of a reigning monarch), Russian knyaz , etc., are usually translated as "prince" in English.

Some princely titles are derived from those of national rulers, such as tsarevich from tsar . Other examples are (e)mirza (da), khanzada , nawabzada , sahibzada , shahzada, sultanzada (all using the Persian patronymic suffix -zada, meaning "son, descendant"). However, some princely titles develop in unusual ways, such as adoption of a style for dynasts which is not pegged to the ruler's title, but rather continues an old tradition (e.g., "grand duke " in Romanov
Russia or "archduke " in Habsburg Austria), claims dynastic succession to a lost monarchy (e.g. prince de Tarente for the La Trémoïlle
La Trémoïlle
heirs to the Neapolitan throne , or descends from a ruler whose princely title or sovereign status was not, de jure, hereditary, but attributed to descendants as an international courtesy, (e.g., Bibesco , Poniatowski , Ypsilanti ).


José, Prince of Brazil
José, Prince of Brazil
, Duke
of Braganza , died before he could ascend to the throne of Portugal.

In some dynasties, a specific style other than prince has become customary for dynasts, such as fils de France in the House of Capet
House of Capet
, and Infante
. Infante
was borne by children of the monarch other than the heir apparent in all of the Iberian monarchies. Some monarchies used a specific princely title for their heirs, such as Prince
of Asturias in Spain and Prince of Brazil
Prince of Brazil
in Portugal.

Sometimes a specific title is commonly used by various dynasties in a region, e.g. Mian in various of the Punjabi princely Hill States (lower Himalayan region in British India).

European dynasties usually awarded appanages to princes of the blood, typically attached to a feudal noble title, such as Prince
of Orange in the Netherlands, Britain's royal dukes , the Dauphin in France, the Count
of Flanders in Belgium, and the Count
of Syracuse in Sicily . Sometimes appanage titles were princely, e.g. Prince
of Achaia (Courtenay), prince de Condé (Bourbon), Prince of Carignan (Savoy), but it was the fact that their owners were of princely rank rather than that they held a princely title which was the source of their pre-eminence.

For the often specific terminology concerning an heir apparent, see Crown prince
Crown prince


Other princes derive their title not from dynastic membership as such, but from inheritance of a title named for a specific and historical territory. The family's possession of prerogatives or properties in that territory might be long past. Such were most of the "princedoms" of France's ancien régime , so resented for their pretentiousness in the memoirs of Saint-Simon . These included the princedoms of Arches-Charleville, Boisbelle-Henrichemont, Chalais, Château-Regnault, Guéménée, Martigues, Mercœur, Sedan, Talmond, Tingrey, and the "kingship" of Yvetot, among others.


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A prince or princess who is the head of state of a territory that has a monarchy as a form of government is a reigning prince.

Extant Principalities

The current princely monarchies include:

* the co-principality of Andorra
(current reigning princes are the French President Emmanuel Macron
Emmanuel Macron
and HE Joan Enric Vives Sicília
Joan Enric Vives Sicília
) * The emirate of Kuwait
(current reigning emir is Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah ) * The principality of Liechtenstein
(current reigning prince is Hans-Adam II ) * The principality of Monaco
(current reigning prince is Albert II ) * The emirate of Qatar
(current reigning emir is Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani )

* The member emirates of the federation in the United Arab Emirates (United Arab Principalities):

* Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi
( Emir
Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
, also President of the UAE) * Ajman
( Emir
Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi ) * Dubai
( Emir
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
, also Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE) * Fujairah
( Emir
Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi ) * Ras al-Khaimah
Ras al-Khaimah
( Emir
Saud bin Saqr al Qasimi ) * Sharjah ( Emir
Sultan III bin Muhammad
al-Qasimi ) * Umm al-Quwain
Umm al-Quwain
( Emir
Saud bin Rashid Al Mu\'alla )


Coat of arms of the principality of Andorra
(1607). *

Coat of arms of the principality of Liechtenstein
(1719). *

Emblem of the prince-bishopric of Rome .


In the same tradition, some self-proclaimed monarchs of so-called micronations style themselves as princes:

* Roy Bates
Roy Bates
called himself Prince
Roy of the Principality
of Sealand

* Leonard George Casley calls himself Prince
Leonard I of the Principality
of Hutt River (enclave in Australia)

Exercising Head Of State\'s Authority

Various monarchies provide for different modes in which princes of the dynasty can temporarily or permanently share in the style and / or office of the monarch, e.g. as regent or viceroy .

Though these offices may not be reserved legally for members of the ruling dynasty, in some traditions they are filled by dynasts, a fact which may be reflected in the style of the office, e.g. "prince-president " for Napoleon III
Napoleon III
as French head of state but not yet emperor, or "prince-lieutenant" in Luxembourg
, repeatedly filled by the crown prince before the grand duke's abdication, or in form of consortium imperii .

Some monarchies even have a practice in which the monarch can formally abdicate in favor of his heir, and yet retain a kingly title with executive power, e.g. Maha Upayuvaraja ( Sanskrit
for Great Joint King
in Cambodia
), though sometimes also conferred on powerful regents who exercised executive powers.


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Coat of arms of Otto, prince of Bismarck (German Empire).

In several countries of the European continent, such as France, prince can be an aristocratic title of someone having a high rank of nobility or as lord of a significant fief, but not ruling any actual territory and without any necessary link to the royal family , which makes it difficult to compare with the British system of royal princes.


The kings of France started to bestow the style of prince, as a title among the nobility, from the 16th century onwards. These titles were created by elevating a seigneurie to the nominal status of a principality—although prerogatives of sovereignty were never conceded in the letters patent. Princely titles self-assumed by the princes du sang and by the princes étrangers were generally tolerated by the king and used at the royal court, outside the Parlement of Paris . These titles held no official place in the hierarchy of the nobility, but were often treated as ranking just below ducal peerages , since they were often inherited (or assumed) by ducal heirs:

* French titles of prince recognized by the king

* Holy Roman Empire
Roman Empire
states annexed by France

* Arches-Charleville: in the Ardennes
region, near the border with the Empire. * Château-Renaud: near Arches-Charleville. * Dombes
: on the east bank of the Rhône
. * Orange . * Sedan : held by the Dukes of Bouillon .

* Ancient principalities seated in the Kingdom of France

* Boisbelle, later Henrichemont: in the Berry region, a sovereign principality recognized in 1598. * Luxe: in the Béarn
region, also styled Sovereign
(cf. to Princely Count
) * Yvetot: in the Normandy
region, recognized, nominally, as King
of Yvetot.

* Principalities created by the King

* Château-Porcien
: in the Ardennes
region, created in 1561 for the House of Croÿ
House of Croÿ
. * Guéméné : in Brittany
, created in 1667 for the House of Rohan . Title borne by the Duke
of Montbazon or his heir. * Joinville : in the Champagne region, created in 1552 for the House of Lorraine . * Martigues : in the Provence
region, created 16th century for cadets of the House of Lorraine. * Mercœur: in the Auvergne region, created in 1563 for cadets of the House of Lorraine
House of Lorraine
, later a duchy. Recreated in 1719. * Tingry: in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais
region, created in 1587 for the House of Luxemburg .

* The princes of Condé and Conti , heads of cadet branches of the French royal House of Bourbon
House of Bourbon
: used recognized princely titles, but the lordships of Condé and Conti were never formally created principalities by the King.

* Unrecognized titles of Prince

* Aigremont * Anet : used by the Dukes of Vendôme, then the Dukes of Penthièvre. * Antibes
: claimed by the de Grasse family. * Bédeille : in Béarn
. * Bidache : in Béarn
used by the Dukes of Gramont , but the heir was usually styled Count
of Guiche rather than Prince
of Bidache. * Carency : in Artois
. Originally a lordship of the House of Bourbon. It was inherited by the Counts of La Vauguyon, who used the style of Prince
of Carency for the heir. * Chabanais
: in Angoumois
. Reduced to a marquisate in 1702 * Chalais : in Périgord
. Inherited by the elder branch of the Talleyrand
family. Spanish Grandeeship attached to the title in 1714. * Commercy
: lordship of Lorraine . Cadets of the House of Lorraine used the style of Prince
of Commercy. * Courtenay: the House of Courtenay
House of Courtenay
legitimately descended from Louis VI of France
Louis VI of France
but not recognized as princes du sang by France's kings. The last branch of the house used the style of Prince
of Courtenay from the 17th century. The style passed to the Dukes of Bauffremont. * Elbeuf
: lordship of Normandy
. Younger sons of the House of Guise used the style of prince d'Elbeuf; later a duchy. * Lamballe : in Brittany
, used by the heir of the Bourbon Duke
of Penthièvre. * Lambesc : in Provence
, used by various cadets of the House of Guise, notably by the heirs of the Dukes of Elbeuf. * Léon : viscountcy of Brittany
. The heirs of the Dukes of Rohan used the style of Prince
of Léon. * Listenois: in Franche-Comté
, used by the Dukes of Bauffremont after the Courtenay inheritance. * Marcillac : in Angoumois
, used by the heir of the Duke
de La Rochefoucauld . * Maubuisson: in Île-de-France
, used by the Dukes of Rohan-Rohan. * Montauban
: in Brittany, used by various cadets of the House of Rohan . * Montbazon : a duchy of the House of Rohan, style of Prince
of Montbazon used by various cadets of the House. * Mortagne : in Aquitaine
, used by the Dukes of Richelieu . * Poix : in Picardy
, used by various families, twice raised to a duchy. * Pons
: in Saintonge
, used by cadets of the House of Guise. * Rochefort : used by cadets of the House of Rohan. * Soubise : used by head of the second branch of the House of Rohan, also Dukes of Rohan-Rohan. * Soyons : in Dauphiné
, used by cadets of the Dukes of Uzès. * Talmond: in Vendée
, used by the Dukes of La Trémoïlle
La Trémoïlle
. * Tonnay-Charente : used by the heirs of the Dukes of Mortemart. * Turenne : viscounty of the House of La Tour d\'Auvergne , style of Prince
de Turenne used by cadets of the house.

This can even occur in a monarchy within which an identical but real and substantive feudal title exists, such as Fürst
in German. An example of this is:

* Otto von Bismarck
Otto von Bismarck
was created Prince
von Bismarck in the empire of reunited Germany, under the Hohenzollern dynasty.

SPAIN, FRANCE AND NETHERLANDS Coat of arms of the princes of Waterloo (the Netherlands).

In other cases, such titular princedoms are created in chief of an event, such as a treaty of a victory. An example of this is:

* The Spanish minister Manuel Godoy
Manuel Godoy
was created Principe de la Paz or Prince
of Peace by his king for negotiating the 1795 double peace-treaty of Basilea, by which the revolutionary French republic made peace with Prussia and with Spain. * The triumphant generals who led their troops to victory often received a victory title from Napoleon, both princely and ducal. * King
William I of the Netherlands
William I of the Netherlands
bestowed the victory title of prince of Waterloo upon Arthur Wellesley, Duke
of Wellington after his victory over Napoleon I Bonaparte at Waterloo in 1815.

POLAND AND RUSSIA Coat of arms of the princes Sanguszko-Lubartowicz (Poland).

In Poland specifically, the titles of prince dated either to the times before the Union of Lublin
Union of Lublin
or were granted to Polish nobles by foreign kings, as the law in Poland forbade the king from dividing nobility by granting them hereditary titles : see The Princely Houses of Poland . Coat of arms of the princes Youssoupoff

In the Russian system, knyaz , translated as "prince", is the highest degree of official nobility. Members of older dynasties, whose realms were eventually annexed to the Russian Empire
Russian Empire
, were also accorded the title of knyaz — sometimes after first being allowed to use the higher title of tsarevich (e.g. the Princes Gruzinsky and Sibirsky ). The many surviving branches of the Rurik dynasty
Rurik dynasty
used the knyaz title before and after they yielded sovereignty to their kinsmen, the Grand Princes of Muscovy , who became Tsars and, under the House of Romanov , Emperors of Russia.


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In each case, the title is followed (when available) by the female form and then (not always available, and obviously rarely applicable to a prince of the blood without a principality) the name of the territory associated with it, each separated by a slash. If a second title (or set) is also given, then that one is for a Prince
of the blood, the first for a principality. Be aware that the absence of a separate title for a prince of the blood may not always mean no such title exists; alternatively, the existence of a word does not imply there is also a reality in the linguistic territory concerned; it may very well be used exclusively to render titles in other languages, regardless whether there is a historical link with any (which often means that linguistic tradition is adopted)

Etymologically, we can discern the following traditions (some languages followed a historical link, e.g. within the Holy Roman Empire, not their language family; some even fail to follow the same logic for certain other aristocratic titles):


* Languages (mostly Romance ) only using the Latin
root princeps:

* Catalan: Príncep /Princesa - Príncep /Princesa * French: Prince
/Princesse – Prince
/Princesse * Friulian: Princip /Principesse – Princip /Principesse * Italian: Principe /Principessa – Principe /Principessa * Latin
(post-Roman): Princeps/*Princeps/* * Monegasque: Principu /Principessa – Principu /Principessa * Occitan: Prince
/Princessa – Prince
/Princessa * Portuguese: Príncipe /Princesa – Príncipe /Princesa * Rhaeto-Romansh: Prinzi /Prinzessa – Prinzi /Prinzessa * Romanian: Prinţ /Prinţesă – Principe /Principesă * Spanish: Príncipe /Princesa – Príncipe /Princesa * Venetian: Principe /Principessa – Principe /Principessa


* Celtic languages :

* Breton: Priñs/Priñsez * Irish: Prionsa/Banphrionsa – Flaith /Banfhlaith * Scottish Gaelic: Prionnsa/Bana-phrionnsa – Flath/Ban-fhlath * Welsh: Tywysog/Tywysoges – Prins/Prinses


* Languages (mainly Germanic ) that use (generally alongside a princeps-derivate for princes of the blood) an equivalent of the German Fürst

* English: Prince
/ Princess
/Princess * Afrikaans: Prins * Danish: Fyrste /Fyrstinde – Prins /Prinsesse * Dutch: Vorst /Vorstin- Prins /Prinses * Faroese: Fúrsti /Fúrstafrúa, Fúrstinna – Prinsur /Prinsessa * West Frisian: Foarst /Foarstinne – Prins /Prinsesse * German: Fürst
/Fürstin – Prinz /Prinzessin * Icelandic: Fursti /Furstynja – Prins /Prinsessa * Luxembourgish: Fürst
/Fürstin – Prënz /Prinzessin * Norwegian: Fyrste /Fyrstinne – Prins /Prinsesse * Old English: Ǣðeling /Hlæfdiġe * Swedish: Furste /Furstinna – Prins /Prinsessa


* Slavic :

* Belarusian: Tsarevich, Karalevich, Prynts /Tsarewna, Karalewna, Pryntsesa * Bosnian: Кнез/Књегиња or Knez/Kneginja, Краљевић/Краљевна or Kraljević/Kraljevna, Принц/Принцеза or Princ/Princeza * Bulgarian (phonetically spelt): Knyaz/Knyaginya, Prints/Printsesa * Croatian: Knez/Kneginja, Kraljević/Kraljevna, Princ/Princeza * Czech: Kníže /Kněžna, Princ, Kralevic/Princezna * Macedonian: Knez /Knegina, Princ /Princeza * Polish: Książę /Księżna, Książę, Królewicz /Księżna, Królewna * Russian: Князь/Княгиня or Knyaz
/Knyagina, Knyazhna, Tsarevich, Korolyevich, Prints /Tsarevna, Korolyevna, Printsessa * Serbian: Кнез/Књегиња or Knez/Kneginja, Краљевић/Краљевна or Kraljević/Kraljevna, Принц/Принцеза or Princ/Princeza * Slovak: Knieža /Kňažná, Kráľovič, Princ /Princezná * Slovene: Knez /Kneginja, Princ /Princesa Kraljevič/Kraljična * Ukrainian: Knyaz
/Knyazhnya, Tsarenko, Korolenko, Prints /Tsarivna, Korolivna, Printsizna


* Albanian: Princ /Princeshë – Princ /Princeshë * Estonian: Vürst /Vürstinna – Prints /Printsess * Finnish: Ruhtinas /Ruhtinatar – Prinssi /Prinsessa * Georgian: თავადი / Tavadi * Greek (Medieval, formal): Prigkips, Πρίγκηψ/Prigkipissa, Πριγκήπισσα * Greek (Modern, colloquial): Prigkipas, Πρίγκηπας/Prigkipissa, Πριγκήπισσα * Hungarian (Magyar): Herceg / Hercegnő, or Fejedelem / Fejedelemnő if head of state * Latvian: Firsts /Firstiene – Princis /Princese * Lithuanian: Kunigaikštis /Kunigaikštienė – Princas /Princese * Maltese: Prinċep /Prinċipessa – Prinċep /Prinċipessa * Persian : Shahzade (both genders), Shahpour (King's son in general) * Turkish: Prens / Prenses - Şehzade


Georgian prince, Tavadi .

In Belgium, France, Italy, Japan, Portugal, Russia, Spain and Hungary the title of prince has also been used as the highest title of nobility (without membership in a ruling dynasty), above the title of duke, while the same usage (then as fürst) has occurred in Germany and Austria but then one rank below the title of duke and above count.

The above is essentially the story of European, Christian
dynasties and other nobility, also 'exported' to their colonial and other overseas territories and otherwise adopted by rather westernized societies elsewhere (e.g. Haiti).

Applying these essentially western concepts, and terminology, to other cultures even when they don't do so, is common but in many respects rather dubious. Different (historical, religious...) backgrounds have also begot significantly different dynastic and nobiliary systems, which are poorly represented by the 'closest' western analogy.

It therefore makes sense to treat these per civilization.


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* Arabian tradition since the caliphate – in several monarchies it remains customary to use the title Sheikh
(in itself below princely rank) for all members of the royal family. In families (often reigning dynasties) which claim descent from Muhammad
, this is expressed in either of a number of titles (supposing different exact relations): sayid, sharif; these are retained even when too remote from any line of succession to be a member of any dynasty. * Malay countries * In the Ottoman Empire, the sovereign of imperial rank (incorrectly known in the west as (Great) sultan) was styled padishah with a host of additional titles, reflecting his claim as political successor to the various conquered states. Princes of the blood, male, were given the style Şehzade . * Persia (Iran) – Princes as members of a royal family, are referred to by the title Shahzadeh, meaning "descendant of the king". Since the word zadeh could refer to either a male or female descendant, Shahzadeh had the parallel meaning of "princess" as well. Princes can also be sons of provincial kings (Khan ) and the title referring to them would be the title of Khanzadeh. Princes as people who got a title from the King
are called " Mirza
", diminutive of "Amir Zadeh" (King's Son). * In Indian Muslim dynasties, the most common titles were Mirza (from Amirzada) and Shahzada ; while Nawabzada and Sahibzada were also given to younger blood princes. * In Kazakh Khanate
Kazakh Khanate
the title Sultan was used for lords from a ruling dynasty (direct descendants of Genghis Khan
Genghis Khan
), that gives them a right to be elected as khan , as an experienced ruler; and an honorific tore (ru:Торе (род)) for ordinary members of a ruling dynasty.


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In ancient China, the title of prince developed from being the highest title of nobility (synonymous with duke ) in the Zhou Dynasty , to five grades of princes (not counting the sons and grandsons of the emperor) by the time of the fall of the Qing Dynasty
Qing Dynasty
.The Chinese word for prince Wang (王, literally, King) as Chinese believe the emperor Huang Di (皇帝) is the ruler of all kings. The most accurate translations of the English word "prince" are Huang Zi (皇子, lit. Son of the Emperor) or Wang Zi (王子, lit. Son of the King).


In Japan, the title Kōshaku (公爵) was used as the highest title of Kazoku
(華族 Japanese modern nobility) before the present constitution. Kōshaku, however, is more commonly translated as "Duke" to avoid confusion with the following royal ranks in the Imperial Household: Shinnō (親王 literally, Prince
of the Blood); Naishinnō (内親王 lit., Princess
of the Blood in her own right); and Shinnōhi 親王妃 lit., Princess
Consort); or Ō (王 lit., Prince); Jyo-Ō (女王 lit., Princess
(in her own right)); and Ōhi (王妃 lit., Princess
Consort). The former is the higher title of a male member of the Imperial family while the latter is the lower.


In Joseon Dynasty
Joseon Dynasty
, the title "Prince" was used for the king's male-line descendant. Prince
translated generally into three divisions. The king's legitimate son used title daegun (대군, 大君, literally GRAND PRINCE). A son born of a concubine and king's great-great-grand son used title gun (군, 君, lit. PRINCE). But the title of gun wasn't limited to royal family. Instead, it was often granted as an honorary and non-hereditory title. Presently, as noble titles are no more granted or even recognized by the people, the English word "Prince" is usually translated as wangja (왕자, 王子, lit. KING\'S SON), only rendering the usage in foreign royal families. Princes and principalities in continental Europe
are almost always confused with dukes and duchies, both being translated as gong (공, 公, lit. DUKE) and gongguk (공국, 公國, lit. DUCHY).

Sri Lanka

The title 'Prince' was used for the King\'s son in Sinhalese generation in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka


Indian Prince
And Parade Ceremony
(by Edwin Lord
Weeks )

See princely states for the often particular, mainly Hindu
titles in former British India , including modern Pakistan
, Bangladesh
, Burma , and Nepal


See Cambodia
, Vietnam
, and Laos


See Principalia , the Sultanate of Maguindanao
Sultanate of Maguindanao
and the Sultanate of Sulu .


In Thailand
(formerly Siam), the title of Prince
was divided into three classes depending on the rank of their mothers. Those who were born of a king and had a royal mother (a queen or princess consort) are titled Chaofa Chai (Thai : เจ้าฟ้าชาย: literally, "Male Celestial Lord"). Those born of a king and a commoner, or children of Chaofas, are tilted Phra Ong Chao (พระองค์เจ้า). The children of Phra Ong Chaos are titled Mom Chao (หม่อมเจ้า), abbreviated as M.C. (or ม.จ.).


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A Western model was sometimes copied by emancipated colonial regimes (e.g. Bokassa I's short-lived Central-African Empire in Napoleonic fashion). Otherwise, most of the styles for members of ruling families do not lend themselves well to English translation. Nonetheless, in general the princely style has gradually replaced the colonialist title of "chief ", which does not particularly connote dynastic rank to Westerners, e.g. Swazi Royal Family and Zulu Royal Family . Nominally ministerial chiefly titles, such as the Yoruba Oloye , still exist as distinct titles in kingdoms all over Africa.


Saint Robert Cardinal Bellarmine was a prince of the Roman Catholic Church during his lifetime.

In states with an element of theocracy , this can affect princehood in several ways, such as the style of the ruler (e.g. with a secondary title meaning son or servant of a named divinity), but also the mode of succession (even reincarnation and recognition).

Furthermore, certain religious offices may be considered of princely rank, and/or imply comparable temporal rights. The Prince-Popes, Pope , Hereditary Prince-Cardinals, Cardinals , Prince- Lord
Bishops, Prince Bishops , Lord
Bishops , Prince-Provost , and Prince-abbots are referred to as Princes of the Church .

Also in Christianity
, Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ
is sometimes referred to as the Prince
of Peace. Other titles for Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ
are Prince
of Princes, Prince
of the Covenant, Prince
of Life, and Prince
of the Kings of the Earth. Further, Satan
is popularly titled the Prince
of Darkness; and in the Christian
faith he is also referred to as the Prince
of this World and the Prince
of the Power of the Air. Another title for Satan, not as common today but apparently so in approximately 30 A.D. by the Pharisees
of the day, was the title Prince
of the Devils. Prince
of Israel, Prince
of the Angels, and Prince
of Light are titles given to the Archangel Michael . Some Christian
churches also believe that since all Christians, like Jesus Christ, are children of God, then they too are princes and princesses of Heaven. Saint Peter
Saint Peter
, a disciple of Jesus, is also known as the Prince of the Apostles .


Abbreviation of Prince Hotels
Prince Hotels


* British prince
British prince
* Fürst
* Prince of the Apostles * Prince consort
Prince consort
and Princess
consort * Prince du sang
Prince du sang
* Prince-elector
and Prince regent
Prince regent
* Prince of the Church
Prince of the Church
: Pope
, Cardinal (Catholicism)
Cardinal (Catholicism)
, Crown-cardinal
, Prince-Bishop
, Lord
Bishop , Prince-Provost , Prince-abbot , and Prince
and Grand Master of the Sovereign
Military Order of Malta * Principality
and Princely state
Princely state
* Prince (painting)
Prince (painting)


* ^ Cassell's Latin
Dictionary, ed. Marchant & Charles, 260th thousand * ^ " Fürst
- Origins and cognates of the title", 2006, webpage: EFest-Frst Archived 2011-08-28 at the Wayback Machine
Wayback Machine
.. * ^ Almanach de Gotha (Gotha: Justus Perthes, 1944), pages 14–131. * ^ Père Anselme (1728). "Ducs de Bouillon". Histoire Genealogique et Chronologique de la Maison Royale de France (in French). Paris: Compagnie des Libraires. pp. 543, 545. * ^ Duden
; Definition of the German title Fürst
(in German). * ^ Duden
; Definition of the German title Prinz (in German). * ^ Velde, Francois. "The Rank/Title of Prince
in France". Retrieved 30 December 2016. * ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-05-07. Retrieved 2008-04-08. * ^ Bonniers konversationslexikon I 1937 pp. 82-86 * ^ This is a title for Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ
(among others) given in Isaiah 9:6. * ^ A title for Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ
given in Daniel 8:25. * ^ A title for Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ
given in Daniel 11:22. * ^ A title for Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ
given in Acts 3:15. * ^ A title for Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ
given in Revelation 1:5. * ^ Milton, John (1667). Paradise Lost (1st ed.). London: Samuel Simmons. * ^ A title for Satan
given in John 12:31. * ^ A title for Satan
given in John 14:30. * ^ A title for Satan
given in John 16:11. * ^ A title for Satan
given in Ephesians 2:2. * ^ A title for Satan
given in Matthew 9:34. * ^ A title for Satan
given in Matthew 12:24. * ^ A title for Satan
given in Mark 3:22.


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