The Info List - Princess

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is a regal rank and the feminine equivalent of prince (from Latin
princeps, meaning principal citizen). Most often, the term has been used for the consort of a prince or for the daughters of a king or sovereign prince.


1 Princess
as a substantive title 2 Princess
as a courtesy title

2.1 Descendants of monarchs 2.2 Wives of princes

3 See also 4 References

as a substantive title Some princesses are reigning monarchs of principalities. There have been fewer instances of reigning princesses than reigning princes, as most principalities excluded women from inheriting the throne. Examples of princesses regnant have included Constance of Antioch, princess regnant of Antioch in the 12th century.[1] As the President of France, an office for which women are eligible, is ex-officio co- Prince
of Andorra, Andorra
could theoretically be ruled by a co-Princess. Princess
as a courtesy title Descendants of monarchs For many centuries, the title "princess" was not regularly used for a monarch's daughter, who, in English, might simply be called "Lady". Old English
Old English
had no female equivalent of "prince", "earl", or any royal or noble title aside from queen. Royal women were simply addressed or referred to as "The Lady
[Firstname]". For example, Elizabeth and Mary, daughters of Henry VIII of England
Henry VIII of England
were often simply referred to as "the Ladies Elizabeth and Mary".[2] This practice, however, was not consistent. In the marriage contract between Prince
George of Denmark and Anne, daughter of James I of Great Britain, Anne is referred to as "The Princess
Anne".[3] Practice in Britain began to change in the 18th century. After the accession of King
George I to the British throne, the children, grandchildren, and male line great grandchildren of the British Sovereign
were automatically titled " Prince
or Princess
of Great Britain and Ireland" and styled "Royal Highness" (in the case of children and grandchildren) or "Highness" (in the case of male line great grandchildren). Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria
confirmed this practice in Letters Patent dated 30 January 1864 (the first Act of the Prerogative dealing with the princely title in general terms). On 31 December 2012, Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II
issued letters patent enabling all children of the eldest son of the Prince
of Wales to enjoy the princely title and style of Royal Highness, as opposed to only the eldest son.[4][5] Wives of princes In European countries, a woman who marries a prince will almost always become a princess, but a man who marries a princess will almost never become a prince, unless specifically created so. From 1301 onward, the eldest sons of the Kings of England (and later Great Britain and the United Kingdom) have generally been created Prince
of Wales and Earl of Chester, and their wives have been titled Princess
of Wales.[6] Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II
of United Kingdom issued Letters Patent dated 21 August 1996, stating that any woman divorced from a Prince
of the United Kingdom would no longer be entitled to the style "Royal Highness". This has so far applied to Diana, Princess of Wales
Princess of Wales
and Sarah, Duchess
of York. Similarly, in Denmark, Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg lost her status as princess upon her divorce from Prince Joachim of Denmark; Queen Margrethe II
Queen Margrethe II
bestowed instead upon her former daughter-in-law the additional personal title Grevinde af Frederiksborg.[citation needed] See also

British princess List of fictional princesses Lists of princesses


^ Runciman, Steven (1987). A History of the Crusades: The kingdom of Jerusalem and the Frankish East 1100-1187. II. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. p. 507. ISBN 9780521347716.  ^ Camden, William (1688). The History of the Most Renowned and Victorious Princess
Elizabeth Late Queen of England (4th ed.). London, UK: M. Flesher. p. 5.  ^ Douglas, David C., ed. (2006) [1966]. English Historical Documents, 1660-1714. London, UK: ROUTLEDGE. ISBN 9780415143714.  ^ "No. 60384". The London Gazette. 8 January 2013. p. 213.  ^ "Royal baby girl 'would be princess'". BBC News. 9 January 2013. Retrieved 6 July 2013.  ^ Given-Wilson, Chris, ed. (2010). Fourteenth Century England. VI. Woodbridge, UK: The Boydell Press. p. 131. ISBN 97