William & Mary and Victoria & Albert
Posted by Kelley on November 03, 1997 at 17:53:43:
In response to King Consort?, written by Claudia G. on November 03, 1997 at 16:59:51
] ] 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.
] 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.
Yeah, he was a king in his own right, just as she was a queen in her own right. Queen Victoria attempted several times to make her beloved husband Albert a King Consort, but this was vetoed by her council. Ostensibly, it was because it just wasn't allowed, but the real reason was the council disliked him and the power she tried to bestow on him.
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