King George VI, father of Queen Elizabeth II, bestowed the title on his son-in-law Philip forward of his wedding ceremony to then-Princess Elizabeth in 1947. When Elizabeth grew to become queen in 1953, Philip didn’t grow to be king as a result of that title is given solely to males who inherit the throne.
When the title was granted to Philip, a letters patent was issued by the king, stating that the title would sooner or later be inherited by the duke’s eldest son, Prince Charles — additionally subsequent in line to the British throne.
In 1957, Philip was made a prince by the queen, who declared that he be referred to as “His Royal Highness the Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh.”
“These peerages are hereditary and on the loss of life of His Royal Highness have handed to his eldest son, HRH The Prince of Wales,” a tribute to the duke on the Faculty of Arms web site reads, which is why Charles inherited the title on the day his father died.
Regardless of the hereditary guidelines, Prince Edward was promised the title on his wedding ceremony day in 1999, with Buckingham Palace saying on the time that he would sooner or later inherit the title, regardless of being the youngest little one of Philip and Elizabeth. So far, Edward is the one one of many monarch’s 4 youngsters to not maintain a dukedom. He’s known as the Earl of Wessex — a title he’s mentioned to have chosen for himself when he married Sophie Rhys-Jones, who grew to become the Countess of Wessex.
For years, Edward has labored intently together with his father on the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award program, which was based in 1956 and is designed to assist younger individuals obtain in life by instructing bodily actions to members age 14 to 25 and enrolling them in volunteer work, no matter their background or skill. In keeping with the royal household, the initiative now operates in additional than 140 international locations and has “helped to rework the lives of tens of millions” by equipping future generations with obligatory abilities to stay completely happy, wholesome and profitable grownup lives.
Regardless of being promised the title by his mother and father, and supporting the Duke of Edinburgh’s charity, Edward is unlikely to be granted the title formally till after the queen’s loss of life, when his elder brother Charles turns into king. When a royal turns into a monarch, different titles they maintain merge with the crown, leaving room for them to be regranted.
So for now, the title sits with Charles, till he is able to bestow it to his youthful brother.