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Why Was Prince Philip, Not A King?

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The news of Queen Elizabeth’s husband Prince Philip recently broke, He passed away this morning at the age of 99, after decades of public service devoted to the monarchy. 

He was the longest-serving royal consort in British history, having served by Queen Elizabeth II’s side for more than 70 years.

When Prince Philip married the Queen, he was given the title of Prince Philip, rather than King Philip, as some might believe.

All you need to know about British law will be mentioned below:

Why Was Prince Philip Not A King?

Prince Philip wasn’t a king because the law of succession in Britain, it is based on bloodline rather than gender.

When a person marries a King or Queen, they are referred to as a ‘consort’ under parliamentary law.

The names, on the other hand, are gender-specific When a woman marries a king, she is referred to as the Queen consort.

The case of prince Philip wasn’t different, When Prince Philip married the Queen, he gave up his title of Prince of Greece and Denmark and became the Duke of Edinburgh. Philip, however, did not become King of England when Queen Elizabeth took the throne, due to a long-standing royal family rule that a man who marries a reigning queen is only referred to as a Prince Consort.

The title of a king is only given to the monarch who inherits the throne, a ruling queen’s husband is referred to as a Prince Consort.


Prince Philips was a prince of Greece. He was the son of Prince Andrew and Princess Alice of Battenberg, who also held the titles of Prince of Greece and Denmark.

 After political unrest erupted in Greece, his family decided to leave.

When he became a naturalized British citizen and renounced his royal titles to marry Princess Elizabeth (now recognized as Queen Elizabeth II), he embraced the family surname, Mountbatten, according to the official royal website.

When Prince Philip married the queen in 1947, he was granted the titles Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, and Baron Greenwich.

To sum up, Prince Philp was not king because of the law of succession in Britain.

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