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The granting of titles is no longer a legal matter in Germany, but socially, people are still referred to by their titles and there is an acceptance that if a person is "created" a new title, they can then go to the civil authorities and have their surname adjusted to match. This would be the process usede if Duke Eduard created, or more legally accurate, aprroved his son-in-law to to be titled/surnamed Prinz von Anhalt.
Of course Eduard's permission is needed for the son-in-law to legally change his name, but it would be required if Marc were to be accepted in the society of noble families as a true consort for his wife.
: how can he grant titles? germany is a
: repulic and there are not titles. his
: son-in-law might carry the family name prinz
: von anhalt if they have choosdn that name as
: the family name.
: --Previous Message--
: According to �An Online Gotha� by Paul
: Theroff, Prinzessin Katharina, heiress
: presumptive to the headship of the Ducal
: House of Anhalt, married on 12 July 2008 to
: Mr. Marc Bernath. I wonder if Eduard Prinz
: of Anhalt and Head of the House has granted
: his son-in-law the title of Prinz of Anhalt
: with the predicate of Highness.
: Nevertheless, �An Online Gotha� has omitted
: to say when and where Mr. Bernath was born.
: Moreover, in the Section of Royal News,
: corresponding to the year 2008 � Part I,
: there is no reference at all to the princely
: marriage. Any explanation, please?
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