What's in a name?
By Gary Marsh
July 27, 2016 2:30pm CST
In my previous post @vandana7 asked why an Earls wife is called a countess. Throughout Europe members of the Royal families are known by certain titles such as Count, Duke, Duc, Dauphin, Prince, Countess Compte. Etc etc I will try to explain the order or Rank of British Royal titles. King - Queen. Prince - Princess Duke - Duchess Marquess -Marchioness. Earl - Countess. ( So @vandana7 an Earl is the equivalent of a Count or Comte in Europe there is no equivalent for Earl for example Earless) Viscount - Viscountess. Baron- Baroness (Maybe addressed as Lord or Lady) Baronets With the title Sir or Dame. (A knighthood) Esquire Gentleman Usually the Monarch can bestow a gift on a citizen of the United Kingdom as a personal gift. In the past this may or may not have included a parcel of land or an estate. Some of these titles were hereditary which means that they can be passed on to the offspring of the Duke or Lord or whoever. There are some titles that are not hereditary. Most titles such as a knighthood are recommendations to the monarch by the government. A King. He may have a Queen. A Queen would not have a King as a husband but he would be either a Prince and given the title Duke for example Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh. Queen Victoria’s husband Was Prince Albert Prince Consort. On coming of age or other such occasion like a marriage the Queen gave other titles to her male children. Prince Charles became Prince of Wales. Duke of Cornwall Prince Andrew became Duke of York. Prince Edward became Earl of Wessex Princess Ann became the Princess Royal. A personal gift to the Princess. It can be quite complicated but the above is a simplified account of British titles. One of the highest ranking positions is the Earl Marshall currently the Duke of Norfolk. His family seat is Arundel castle in Sussex. It is his job to ensure that big state occasions run like clockwork for example The State opening of Parliament or organising a state funeral and Coronations. He would ensure that the invitations were sent out to the right people and in order of rank. It would be his job to manage the whole affair ensuring that every single detail is followed to the letter. The title was created by King John II for Thomas Mowbray. All the Dukes of Norfolk can be traced back to King Edward I. I hope that this has made it clear in some way. It can be quite complicated the more you look into it.
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• Worcester, England
27 Jul 16
I've looked at the ranks list a lot I think I get it now and would probably be able to list them in order if asked. Weird that back in the day the class system was based on titles and such whereas now even the US claims to have an upper class but they have no titled aristocracy
• United States
29 Jul 16
@garymarsh6 My dad's family has, I think more like had, Corbin Hall in England. I believe Admiral Haddock's son had a monument built in his father's honor too. Admiral Haddock, kt, was not a very handsome man. Yikes!
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search For his son, also Comptroller of the Navy, see Richard Haddock (1673-1751). Richard Haddock Born 1629 Leigh-on-Sea Died 26 January 1714 London Allegiance Kingdom of England Kingdom of Grea
• United Kingdom
29 Jul 16
@Corbin5 He appeared as they would do in those days I guess for that time he was handsome! He is buried in Leigh on Sea which is only around 30 miles from where I live. I could not find a Corbin hall but there was a Corbyn Hall which was in Warwickshire also known as the Black country due to the use of coal and industrialisation. There is a Corbin Hall in Virginia though.