Until, that is, recent times, when the kingdoms of Norway and Netherlands have also streamlined membership in their royal houses and restricted titles? And Great Britain has been further limiting titles (look at the children of the Earl of Wessex), although I believe all the children of the Duke of Cambridge are styled as Prince(ss), with the qualification of Royal Highness. Normally, Charlotte and Louis would be only Highnesses, like the children of Prince Joachim of Denmark ...
Sweden and Belgium at first expanded titles; but now it looks like they're going in the opposite direction.
Otherwise, it seems that titles and styles have generally been unlimited in dynastic male lines: this certainly has been the case in all the German-speaking houses. Liechtenstein, for instance, is teeming with princes and princesses: the country has far many more of those than it does square miles.
Even in the Scandinavian countries, it seems that titles and styles have likewise been unlimited in dynastic male lines. If in the past one had a great-grandchild of a monarch styled as only a Count(ess), it typically was because of a morganatic marriage. Otherwise, one has a situation like the Greek royals, who are princes and princesses of Denmark as male-line descendants of King Christian IX. They are Royal Highnesses, of course, as princes and princesses of GREECE only -- since Danish royals descended from younger sons of sovereigns normally don't get styled as HRH.
Elsewhere, outside the German speaking houses, one has that non-reigning members of even a mere DUCHY like Parma were styled as Prince(ss), with the qualification of Royal Highness, as male-line descendants of King Louis XIV of France. And in the grand duchy of Luxembourg today, male-line descendants of the Grand Duchess Charlotte and her consort (Prince Felix of Bourbon-Parma) have likewise been Royal Highnesses. Before, non-reigning members were only Grand Ducal Highnesses.
And I believe titles and styles have also been unlimited in dynastic male lines of the various French houses -- e.g. royal Orléans and imperial Bonaparte, not to mention other offshoots of the Bourbons (such as the aforementioned Parma) and the kingdom of Two Sicilies.
But back to my original question: has restricting titles and styles, then, generally been the exception throughout European royal history (given what one has observed in other houses, both German and non-German)?
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