>> Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Thank you on your informative "Who is of Higher Rank?" article. However, what about the ladies? What are their ranks and how are they addressed (be they royal or non-royal)?
Thank you very much for your question.
I have written an article, called Meeting Royalty and Nobility, which may be helpful in terms of addressing them.
The ranking of the various royal ladies is a bit different. It goes by an order of precedence. In general you could say that the ranking, without taking into consideration the order of precedence, is as follows:
And then the noble titles would start, such as non-royal Duchess and Countesses. In the case of women in the royal family, the order of precedence is as follows:
The Princess Royal
The Duchess of Cornwall (unless accompanied by the Prince of Wales).
One would think, that because Camilla is the wife of the heir to the throne that she would automatically be the second lady in the land, but this is not the case. Because she chose to be known as the Duchess of Cornwall and not as The Princess of Wales, her position reflects the fact that she is a Duchess and not a princess. Were this the case she would outrank the Princess Royal, as Diana did when she was Princess of Wales.
I hope this answers your questions!
© Marilyn Braun 2007