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Re: Princess of Hanover
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I agree. Queen Elizabeth II is also the Duchess of Edinburgh even though she never uses it. From a legal standpoint she doesnít have the titles Princess of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha and Duchess of Saxony, except in pretense because the German Monarchy was abolished and those titles no longer legally exist and it was established by the Foreign Office in 1930 that foreign titles are no longer legal in the UK.
Well, yes: but that doesn't change the fact that the unused titles were perfectly legal. My point was precisely that these queens were also princesses, regardless of how they styled themselves.
From what I understand, and I may be wrong, when a person holds a higher title the lesser titles are not used and they go by the higher title.
If it came to that, Queen Victoria was legally a princess of Hanover by birth, as well as a princess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha by marriage. It's just that she (to the best of my knowledge) never used these titles.
It seems, then, that there is quite an extensive list of unused titles -- legal, but for some reason or another, not assumed by the parties. I posted about some queens who obviously had no reason to style themselves with the lower title of princess (e.g. Sophia Dorothea of Prussia, consort of King Friedrich Wilhelm I, who became a princess of the UK when her father succeeded to the British throne, thanks to the 1701 Act of Settlement; Queen Olga of Greece, who was legally also a princess of Denmark because her husband was a son of King Christian IX: Queen Amalie of Greece, who was legally also a princess of Bavaria, because her husband was a son of King Ludwig I).
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