This doubt still intrigues many admirers of the British royal family.
Today, April 9, the royal family announced the death of Prince Philip , Duke of Edinburgh and companion of monarch Elizabeth II . At 99 years of age, the nobleman and the queen had been married for 73 years.
“It is with deep sadness that Her Majesty, the Queen announced the death of her beloved husband, Her Royal Highness, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Her Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle,” announced the official account of the Family Real through social networks.
Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II , was born as a prince of Denmark and Greece, but was forced to abandon his titles in order to marry the monarch, and became only Philip Mountbatten.
However, in order not to leave the beloved out of office, Elizabeth granted him several titles, including that of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip and Duke of Edinburgh. But why was the queen’s husband not a king?
Under British law, only male monarchs grant the title to wives, making them queens. Then, according to this logic, Camilla Parker-Bowles , the wife of Prince Charles , the first in line of succession, will become queen consort as soon as Elizabeth dies and her husband assumes the throne (although there are controversies around the matter).
However, when it comes to female monarchs, the law changes. The princess who assumes the throne, and becomes queen, does not pass the title of consort king to her husband. It was a way found to prevent the royal line from passing on to the man’s family.
Thus, when King George VI passed away, on February 6, 1952, Philip did not have the right to become king and only Elizabeth received the post of queen. During the coronation ceremony, the Duke of Edinburgh had to kneel at his wife’s feet and swear to honor and obey her, as tradition says, in a curious contradiction: at the time, only women swore to honor and obey during the wedding ceremony.