Dutchess, Countess, Princess; what is the difference in 'Seniority' etc?

  p;3 09:29 18 Feb 2012

We have those who are titled Princess, those to are titled Duchess, those tho are titled Countess

I am aware that only the Reigning Monarch can confer the title 'Princess 'on to a 'new' member of the Royal Family

But what is the Ranking seniority of the Duchess, and Countess? ( Is there one?)

  wiz-king 09:39 18 Feb 2012

It's all in the genes.

  interzone55 09:44 18 Feb 2012

Interesting, I didn't realise Emperor outrank King / Queen

  WhiteTruckMan 09:46 18 Feb 2012

I can't say I care too much for titles. I'm not sure which is worse though, hereditory titles, or political appointees ones.

I do have some respect for earned ones. But thats largely down to which definition of 'earn' you use.


  Quickbeam 10:30 18 Feb 2012

All we need to know is that Sir FE outranks all on here...

  Brumas 12:53 18 Feb 2012

Quickbeam, creep ;o}

  ams4127 15:19 18 Feb 2012



  Quickbeam 15:56 18 Feb 2012


  Forum Editor 16:19 18 Feb 2012


The cheque is in the post.

  p;3 16:30 18 Feb 2012

We now have a Duchess married to a Duke who is , by birth, a Prince.

But the Duchess has not been 'created' a Princess ..

  Diemmess 18:45 18 Feb 2012

Serious Stuff from Google

Duke: The highest rank and title in the British peerage, first introduced by Edward III in 1337 when he created the Black Prince the first English duke. A Duke is “Most Noble”; he is styled “My Lord Duke” and “Your Grace” and all his younger sons are “Lords” and all his daughters “Ladies” with the prefix “Right Honorable”. The coronet of a duke is a circlet, heightened with eight conventional strawberry leaves, and encloses a velvet cap.

Marquess/Marquis: The second order of the British peerage, in rank next to that of the Duke. Introduced in 1387 by Richard II. A Marquess is “Most Honorable”; he is styled “My Lord Marquess” all his younger sons are “Lords” and his daughters “Ladies”; his eldest sons bears his father’s “second title”. The coronet is a golden circlet heightened by four strawberry leaves and as many pearls, arranged alternately.

Earl: In Latin, “Comes” in French “Comte” or “Count.” Before 1337, the highest, and now the third degree of rank and dignity in the British peerage. An earl is “Right Honorable”; he is styled “My Lord”, the eldest son bears his father’s “second title,” generally that of Viscount; his other sons are “Honorable” but all his daughters are “Ladies.” The circlet of an Earl’s coronet has eight lofty rays of gold rising from the circlet, each of which supports a large pearl, while between each pair of these rays is a golden strawberry leaf. Viscount: The fourth degree of rank and dignity in the British peerage. Introduced by Henry VI in 1440. A Viscount is a “Right Honorable” and is styled “My Lord.” All his sons and daughters are “Honorable.” The coronet has a row of sixteen small pearls set on the circlet. Baron: The lowest rank in the British peerage. A Baron is “Right Honorable” and is styled “My Lord”. The coronet is a golden circlet topped by six large pearls. An Irish baron has no coronet. All children of a Baron are “Honorable.”

Baronet: A hereditary rank, lower than the peerage, instituted in 1612 by James I, who fixed the precedence of baronets before all Knights, those of the Order of the Garter alone excepted.

In short or in precedence......

**Duchess at the top - Marchioness if that's how you spell it and Countess is wife to an Earl**

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