that Charles and Anne would not have been called Prince or Princess, because they were the offspring of a daughter but it was Queen Elizabeth's father George, who changed the rules.
This rule would have meant that Prince Charles and Princess Anne would not, from birth, have had royal status or be called Prince and Princess, as they were the children of the daughter of the sovereign. So immediately prior to the birth of Princess Elizabeth's first child, King George VI issued letters patent dated 22 October 1948 declaring that Princess Elizabeth's children with Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh would take royal status and be called Prince or Princess from birth. Wiki entry
I am puzzling over entitlement to royal title. Somewhere there is a long list of who ascends to the throne, rather like the angels outside Bath abbey's exterior who make their way to heaven up the ladders.
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Madam Petulant, for this is what I will call Meghan, was upset about her first child not being called a prince. Now as we all know titles are nonsense but just there to give us some confidence. We also know 'blue blood' does not exist unless in aliens.
It was Carruthers who started all this, my mind went on a wander as the thought of Prince Harry calling on his forces in Sussex to take the throne. I mean until we became civilised we were a nation of small countries and warring was a constant pastime. The War of the Roses, Lancaster v York, still in my mind rumbles down the ages. We still have a South/North divide as well. By the way Harry has America on his side and they have bigger weapons. Okay I am joking, but frictions between the royals needs keeping an eye on.
Read this politically more adult view of where as a country we should be going, devolution/regionalisation call it what you will.
Alternative Political Cartography - A more rational union. To be found on the Landscapism blog
The other did you know, concerns young sea slugs who can detach their heads from their bodies and grow a new body, now that is something humans can't do.
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A rather beautiful sea slug the article can be found here