Posted by Claudia G. on November 03, 1997 at 16:59:51:
In response to A few additions, written by Ann on October 22, 1997 at 22:19:30
] 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.
You're right, but I'm thinking there might be an exception in William&Mary who were, ostensibly, joint and equal co-rulers. She was the daughter of the previous monarch and designated Queen Mary II of England while he was still King William (the third??) of England. He wasn't King Consort, but he didn't completely outrank his wife either. When she died he did retain the throne, but when he died the throne went to her sister Anne.
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