A few additions
Posted by Ann on October 22, 1997 at 22:19:30:
In response to Princes and Such, written by Cassia on October 22, 1997 at 20:38:01
] A prince regent is a prince who runs the upon the country upon the disability of the king.
Or if the King is a minor child, someone will be appointed as regent (see Shakespeare's Richard III with regard to the young princes).
] Nowadays they prefer the ever so coy 'Queen Mum'.
The unofficial title of 'Queen Mum' only became attached to Queen Elizabeth after the death of her husband the King. Prior to that, she was the Queen or Queen Consort. To distinguish her from her daughter Queen Elizabeth II they began reffering to her as the Queen('s) Mother.
The degrees of rank are firmly fixed and include allowences for gender. King is the highest possible rank, followed by Queen. If there is a reigning Queen, her husband can not be King, because he would, by the very definition of "king", out rank her. If Prince Phillip were King, it would mean that he outranks Lizzy.
] Baroness Margarite Thatcher is married to Mr Denis Thatcher.
Actually, she is married to Sir Dennis, but that title is not because she is Lady Thatcher. He also has recieved honors from the queen and is a member of the knighthood in his own right.
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