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Prince Charles title: Why Prince Edward could lose out on royal title to brother Charles

Members of the Royal Family receive new royal titles when they get married, as was the case for Prince Philip when he married the future Queen Elizabeth II in 1947. George VI granted Philip the title of Duke of Edinburgh, and for a time then-Princess Elizabeth was also known as the Duchess of Edinburgh.

The Duke of Edinburgh title has been in circulation in the British Royal Family for many years, and was first created in 1726 for Prince Frederick – the grandson of King George I.

Prince Philip was the third person in British history to receive the title back in 1947.

And when Prince Philip dies, the rule surrounding the British peerage system dictates it will be passed to the Duke’s first heir.

In this case, Prince Charles would be first in line to receive the Duke of Edinburgh title when his father dies.

Although Charles is technically eligible for the title, it is however unlikely he would ever take it.

As Charles is heir to the throne, his role of Prince of Wales – and eventually, King – takes precedence over the Dukedom.

If Charles was given the title of Duke of Edinburgh, it would be merged with the Crown once again when he becomes King.

Therefore it makes sense the title would be returned to the Crown, to be distributed to another member of the Royal Family who is not directly in line to the throne.

It has long been believed that the Duke of Edinburgh title is reserved for Prince Edward.

Prince Edward is the third son and fourth child of the Queen and Prince Philip, and he currently bears the title of Earl of Wessex.

Edward is a working member of the Royal Family alongside his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex.

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And many of Edward’s engagements and projects now centre on the work his father left behind upon retiring in 2017 – The Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Founded by Prince Philip in 1956, the Duke of Edinburgh scheme is massively popular.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award helps young people to develop skills for life and the workplace, and millions of people have taken part since its establishment.

The Royal Family website explains one of Edward’s roles within the organisation as Chairman of the Trustees of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation.

The website adds: “In these roles, The Earl travels widely within the UK and overseas, attending events and presenting Gold Awards.”

According to royal insiders, Prince Edward is very involved with the organisation as he one day will take over the reins of the title and the award scheme.

A royal source told The Times in 2015: “The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is very much Prince Edward’s thing.

“That is a big part of what he does now because he will be the next Duke of Edinburgh.”


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