Duchess of Rothesay

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Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, second wife of The Prince of Wales, is styled Duchess of Rothesay in Scotland.

Duchess of Rothesay is a Scottish courtesy title. It is held by the wife of the Duke of Rothesay since the first Duke in 1398. Due to the mortality rate and the fact that very few Dukes of Rothesay were of majority or married prior to ascending the throne (if that), there have in fact been only eight Duchesses of Rothesay. A separate Scottish throne has not existed de facto since 1603 when James VI of Scotland acceded to the throne of England when the House of Tudor died out, creating a personal union. The Act of Union of 1707 united de jure the separate kingdoms and thrones into the Kingdom of Great Britain. Ever since 1603 the title of The Duchess of Rothesay is held by The Princess of Wales, who was also the Duchess of Cornwall, the title of Duchess of Rothesay is for her use when in Scotland.

Since under current succession law the title of Duke of Rothesay (like that of Duke of Cornwall) can only be held by an heir-apparent who is also the eldest son of the monarch, no woman can be Duchess of Rothesay in her own right. However, this may change if the current proposals to change the rules of succession are completed.

Duchesses of Rothesay[edit]

This is a list of Duchesses of Rothesay.

Name Birth Spouse Held title Death Notes
Marjory Douglas c. 1380 David Stewart 1400-1402
Husband died
1420 Later married Walter de Haliburton, 1st Lord Haliburton of Dirleton the Treasurer of Scotland
Caroline of Ansbach 1 March 1683 George Augustus 1714-1727
Husband acceded to throne as George II;
became Queen Consort
20 November 1737
Augusta of Saxe-Gotha 30 November 1719 Frederick Louis 1736-1751
Husband died;
became Dowager Duchess of Rothesay
8 February 1772
Caroline of Brunswick 17 May 1768 George Augustus Frederick 1795–1820
Husband acceded to throne as George IV;
became Queen Consort
7 August 1821
Alexandra of Denmark 1 December 1844 Albert Edward 1863–1901
Husband acceded to throne as Edward VII;
became Queen Consort
20 November 1925 Daughter of King Christian IX and Queen Louise of Denmark.
Mary of Teck 26 May 1867 George Frederick Ernest Albert 1901–1910
Husband acceded to throne as George V;
became Queen Consort
24 March 1953
Diana Spencer 1 July 1961 Charles Philip Arthur George 1981–1996
31 August 1997 Assumed the style of Diana, Duchess of Rothesay following her divorce from the Duke of Rothesay
Camilla Parker Bowles 17 July 1947 2005–present Incumbent