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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureRoyalty · 7 months ago

Why isn't the Queen's husband the King?

Update:

At the first to answer, do a search, The Queen", the first page is Queen Elizabeth II, except for one entry for "Queen" the rock band. If Google, bing, Yahoo and Ask Jeeves knows who it is, suggests that there is rather a large gap in your knowledge, or did you just want to be an insufferable pedantic little oik?

Update 2:

Truman, Queen Elizabeth is the great, great granddaughter of Queen Victoria, Prince Philip is the great, great grandson of Queen Victoria.

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  • Lili
    Lv 7
    7 months ago
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    Because in Europe, it is not the custom to give the husband of a queen regnant-- a woman who reigns in her own right -- the title of king.

    Whereas the title "queen consort," for the wife of a king, is very old, queens regnant came along very late in the history of monarchy. When they did, there was concern about what to call their husbands. The fear was that any kingly title -- even just "king consort" -- would cause the husband to be perceived as the real monarch. After all, for centuries, a man who married the heiress to a throne or a great estate often just took over that throne or estate by law -- called jure uxoris -- because people didn't want to accept that women could reign in their own right.

    Once they did accept this, the custom arose that the husband would be called simply "prince" or "duke," so as to make it clear who the real ruler was.

    Queen Elizabeth is currently the only queen regnant with a husband called prince or duke, but until recently, Queen Margrethe of Denmark's husband was a prince, as was the husband of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. (Both men are now dead.) When Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden becomes her country's queen regnant, her husband, Prince Daniel, will remain a prince. He will not become a king.

    • Lili
      Lv 7
      7 months agoReport

      You are incorrect. Kings outrank queens consort but not queens regnant. Philip could never have outranked Elizabeth. She is the monarch, a queen regnant. His only kingly title could have been "king consort," and a king consort cannot outrank a queen regnant.

  • Jas B
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    Because he is not a son of George VI, the previous King.

  • Anonymous
    7 months ago

    Men do not acquire any titles through marriage. So whilst the wife of a king is a queen (consort), the husband of a queen (regnant) does not become king. Queen Victoria wanted to make her husband king consort which in theory she was entitled to do, but Parliament would not accept it so her husband was uniquely a 'Prince Consort' one reason being that a 'king' might be perceived as a monarch.

    There have been both kings and queens reigning at the same time (William III and Queen Mary II) but that was unusual and William had a claim to the throne in his own right. Queen Mary I's husband was a king but as he was the King of Spain in his own right it was accepted that he would use the title of King of England and Ireland only for the duration of the marriage.

    • Clo
      Lv 7
      7 months agoReport

      A woman assumes titles and styles of her husband. This does not mean that a woman also assumes powers of her husband. A woman whose husband is a king is a queen consort, a spouse who has no automatic powers to reign. A queen consort may be temporarily assume powers of a Counsellor of State.

  • Rico
    Lv 4
    7 months ago

    It doesn’t work like that in the modern era.

    When a princess marries or becomes Queen Regnant, her husbands title doesn’t change.

    When Her Highness The Lady Anne of England and Scotland married George of Denmark, his title remained unchanged and stayed unchanged when she succeeded her brother in law as Queen Anne

    When Her Highness The Lady Mary of England and Scotland married, her husband remained Prince of Orange, had he not been asked to reign as co monarch at the Glorious revolution, he would have been Prince of Orange for his entire life.

    If monarchs of The UK did not have the constitutional power to make people Princes of The Realm, the husband of Queen Victoria, would have remained HSH Prince of Saxe Coburg und Gotha, and Philip Mountbatten, who was created HRH The Duke of Edinburgh upon marriage,would not been given the title Prince of The United Kingdom 10 years into his wife’s reign

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  • Lôn
    Lv 7
    7 months ago

    A king outranks a queen so that would mean that he would be the monarch.

    Someone marrying a queen doesn't become king but someone marrying a king is called a queen.

    • Lôn
      Lv 7
      7 months agoReport

      For good reason?....the reason being that a king outranks a queen....you really are slow aren't you? A feminist, no doubt.

  • 7 months ago

    Nobody likes him!

  • PAMELA
    Lv 7
    7 months ago

    Because the queen as in the direct line of succession, her father was george VI,philip is way down the line, and if he were made king he would rank above her, which would not be right.

  • Jake
    Lv 6
    7 months ago

    The Virgin Mary is Queen of Heaven. Her Son, Jesus, is King of Heaven. St. Philomena is Princess of Heaven.

  • jimmy
    Lv 7
    7 months ago

    Because the Queen was born to be Queen, he wasn't born to be King.

    • Colt7 months agoReport

      He was actually born to be a King of Greece and Denmark.

  • Anonymous
    7 months ago

    Which queen. Please be specific

    • Lv 6
      7 months agoReport

      Elizabeth 11

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