Otherwise, the Fife sisters would have continued to be styled with the appellation Lady, which is what the Princess Royal would have been, as a daughter of a duke. And the Prince of Wales would have been the Earl of Merioneth.
Are these the only instances in the royal history of England or Scotland, whereby cognatic grandchildren of a reigning monarch were given the princely title?
I know that this was known to happen all the time in Spain -- as long as a princess remained in her own country and married with approval.
The sovereign is the fount of all honors, and it is certainly his prerogative to grant royal titles -- as one saw in 1995, when King Albert II of the Belgians (the then-reigning monarch) declared his son-in-law a prince of Belgium.
What about Portugal? Have cognatic grandchildren of reigning monarchs been given royal titles there, too?
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