Duke of Edinburgh
|Dukedom of Edinburgh|
|Creation date||20 November 1947|
|Monarch||King George VI|
|Peerage||Peerage of the United Kingdom|
|Present holder||Prince Philip|
|Heir apparent||Charles, Prince of Wales|
|Remainder to||the 1st Duke's heirs male of the body lawfully begotten|
Earl of Merioneth|
Duke of Edinburgh, named after the city of Edinburgh, Scotland, is a substantive title that has been created three times for members of the British royal family since 1726. The current holder is Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II.
The title was first created in the Peerage of Great Britain on 26 July 1726 by King George I, who bestowed it on his grandson Prince Frederick, who also became Prince of Wales the following year. The subsidiary titles of the dukedom were Baron of Snowdon, in the County of Caernarvon, Viscount of Launceston, in the County of Cornwall, Earl of Eltham, in the County of Kent, and Marquess of the Isle of Ely. These titles were also in the Peerage of Great Britain. The marquessate was apparently erroneously gazetted as Marquess of the Isle of Wight although Marquess of the Isle of Ely was the intended title. In later editions of the London Gazette the Duke is referred to as the Marquess of the Isle of Ely. Upon Frederick's death, the titles were inherited by his son Prince George. When Prince George became King George III in 1760, the titles "merged into the Crown", and ceased to exist.
Queen Victoria re-created the title, this time in the Peerage of the United Kingdom, on 24 May 1866 for her second son Prince Alfred, instead of Duke of York, the traditional title of the second son of the Monarch. The subsidiary titles of the dukedom were Earl of Kent and Earl of Ulster, also in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. When Alfred became the Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in 1893, he retained his British titles. His only son Alfred, Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha committed suicide in 1899, so the Dukedom of Edinburgh and subsidiary titles became extinct upon the elder Alfred's death in 1900.
The title was created for a third time on 19 November 1947 by King George VI, who bestowed it on his son-in-law Philip Mountbatten, when he married Princess Elizabeth. Subsequently, Elizabeth was styled "HRH The Princess Elizabeth, Duchess of Edinburgh" until her accession in 1952. The subsidiary titles of the dukedom are Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich, of Greenwich in the County of London. Like the dukedom, these titles are also in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. Earlier that year, Philip had renounced his Greek and Danish royal titles (he was born a Prince of Greece and Denmark, being a male-line grandson of King George I of Greece and male-line great-grandson of King Christian IX of Denmark) along with his rights to the Greek throne. In 1957, Philip became a Prince of the United Kingdom.
Dukes of Edinburgh
First creation, 1726
House of Hanover
also: Marquess of the Isle of Ely, Earl of Eltham, Viscount Launceston, Baron Snowdon (1726–1729);
Prince of Wales (1729), Duke of Cornwall (1337), Duke of Rothesay (1398)
|1 February 1707
son of King George II and Queen Caroline
|Princess Augusta of Saxe-Gotha
17 April 1736
|31 March 1751|
Leicester House, Leicester Square, London
House of Hanover
also: Marquess of the Isle of Ely, Earl of Eltham, Viscount Launceston, Baron Snowdon (1751–1760);
Prince of Wales (1751)
|4 June 1738
Norfolk House, London
son of Prince Frederick and Princess Augusta
|Princess Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
8 September 1761
|29 January 1820|
Windsor Castle, Windsor
|Prince George succeeded as George III in 1760 upon his grandfather's death, and his titles merged with the crown.|
Second creation, 1866
House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
also: Earl of Kent and Earl of Ulster (1866)
|6 August 1844
Windsor Castle, Windsor
son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert
|Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia
23 January 1874
|30 July 1900|
Schloss Rosenau, Coburg
|Prince Alfred and Princess Maria had two sons, who died before him; and all his titles became extinct on his death.|
Third creation, 1947
House of Glücksburg
also: Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich (1947)
|10 June 1921
Mon Repos, Corfu
son of Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice of Battenberg
|Queen Elizabeth II
20 November 1947
| – |
now 97 years, 133 days old
Line of succession
Although the following individuals are in the line of succession to the Dukedom, they are also in line of succession to the throne. As a consequence, should one of the following individuals subsequently become king, the Dukedom of Edinburgh would cease to exist as it would merge with the Crown.
- Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (b. 1921)
- (1) Charles, Prince of Wales (b. 1948)
- (6) Prince Andrew, Duke of York (b. 1960)
- (7) Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex (b. 1964)
- (8) James, Viscount Severn (b. 2007)
Possible future creations
It was announced in 1999, at the time of the wedding of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, that he would follow his father as Duke of Edinburgh. This is unlikely to happen by direct inheritance, as Prince Edward is the youngest of Prince Philip's three sons. Rather, the title is expected to be newly created for Prince Edward after it "eventually reverts to the crown" after "both the death of the current Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales' succession as King."
Fictional Duke of Edinburgh
A fictional Duke of Edinburgh appears in the 1980s sitcom The Black Adder. Rowan Atkinson plays the title character, Prince Edmund, who is granted the title Duke of Edinburgh by his father, a fictitious King Richard IV.
- Duke of Gloucester and Edinburgh
- The Duke of Edinburgh's Award
- Edinburgh of the Seven Seas
- Dukedoms of the British Isles by reign
- "No. 6494". The London Gazette. 12 July 1726. p. 1.
- "Frederick Louis Hanover, Prince of Wales". Thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2014-08-25.
- "Peerages: Eames to Emly". Leighrayment.com. Retrieved 2014-08-25.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 April 2013. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
- "No. 6741". The London Gazette. 4 January 1728. p. 2.
- "No. 9050". The London Gazette. 16 April 1751. p. 1.
- "No. 23119". The London Gazette. 25 May 1866. p. 3127.
- "No. 38128". The London Gazette. 21 November 1947. p. 5496.
- "No. 41009". The London Gazette. 22 February 1957. p. 1209.
- "The Earl of Wessex". Royal.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 3 December 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-30.
- Whitaker's Almanack 2010, page 46 'Peers of the Blood Royal'