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A Guide to Royal Family Titles, from the Queen's Specific Styling to Prince Harry's Scottish Moniker

Depending on where they are in the U.K., members of the British royal family go by different titles. Here's the full list.
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The royals, quite literally, go by many names. They accumulate honors and knighthoods on the regular, but it really gets confusing when they travel around the U.K. and seem to assume a new title. (Understandably, it's easy to be thrown after hearing Prince William referred to as Baron Carrickfergus.)

There is also the question of surnames. While the royal family generally doesn't use last names, when required on official documents and the like, the Queen's children can use the last name "Mountbatten-Windsor," a hybrid of the royal House of Windsor and the name Philip assumed when he became a naturalized British citizen. The Queen's grandchildren will sometimes use part of a parent's title; hence Prince William and Prince Harry going by "William Wales" and "Harry Wales" from their father's title, the Prince of Wales, while serving in the military.

It's made all the more confusing by the fact that most royal family members "have several titles, most of which are rarely used in public life," explains Wendy Bosberry-Scott, a spokesperson for Debrett's, the company behind the comprehensive Peerage & Baronetage. They do, however, each have a relatively simple way to style their respective titles—and that's what's described below. Here, an exhaustive guide to all of the royal family members' titles, and which places they use them.

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Queen Elizabeth


Full name: Elizabeth Alexandra Mary

Title styled as: Her Majesty the Queen

Fun fact: The Queen is technically also the Duke of Lancaster.

Prince Philip


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Full name: Born Philip, Prince of Greece; after he became a naturalized British citizen in 1947, he assumed the name Philip Mountbatten.

Title styled as: His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh

Prince Charles


Full name: Charles Philip Arthur George

Title styled as: His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales

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Also referred to as: In Scotland, Prince Charles is sometimes referred to as the Duke of Rothesay. Occasionally, he will also be called the Duke of Cornwall while in the southwest of England.

Branch of the Family Tree: Oldest son of Queen Elizabeth II

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall


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Full name: Born Camilla Rosemary Shand; after her first marriage, she was known as Camilla Parker Bowles.

Title styled as: Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall

Also referred to as: Camilla is sometimes referred to as the Duchess of Rothesay in Scotland, and the Duchess of Cornwall while in the southwest of England. (Camilla is also technically the Princess of Wales, but when she married Charles, it was announced that her title wouldn't be styled that way—likely in light of the former Princess of Wales, Diana.)

Branch of the Family Tree: Married to Prince Charles, the oldest son of Queen Elizabeth II

Prince William


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Full name: William Arthur Philip Louis

Title styled as: His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge

Also referred to as: Prince William is sometimes called the Earl of Strathearn while in Scotland, and Baron Carrickfergus while in Northern Ireland.

Branch of the Family Tree: Son of Prince Charles; grandson of Queen Elizabeth II

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge


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Full name: Born Catherine Elizabeth Middleton

Title styled as: Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge

Also referred to as: Kate is sometimes called the Countess of Strathearn while in Scotland, and Lady Carrickfergus while in Northern Ireland.

Branch of the Family Tree: Married to Prince William, son of Prince Charles and grandson of Queen Elizabeth II

Prince George


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Full name: George Alexander Louis

Title styled as: His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge

Branch of the Family Tree: Son of Prince William; grandson of Prince Charles; great-grandson of Queen Elizabeth II

Princess Charlotte


Full name: Charlotte Elizabeth Diana

Title styled as: Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge

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Branch of the Family Tree: Daughter of Prince William; granddaughter of Prince Charles; great-granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II

Prince Louis


Full name: Louis Arthur Charles

Title styled as: His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge

Branch of the Family Tree: Son of Prince William; grandson of Prince Charles; great-grandson of Queen Elizabeth II

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Prince Harry


Full name: Henry Charles Albert David

Title styled as: His Royal Highness the Duke of Sussex

Also referred to as: Harry is sometimes called the Earl of Dumbarton in Scotland and Baron Kilkeel in Northern Ireland.

Branch of the Family Tree: Son of Prince Charles; grandson of Queen Elizabeth II

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex


Full name: Born Rachel Meghan Markle

Title styled as: Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex

Also referred to as: Meghan will sometimes be referred to as the Countess of Dumbarton in Scotland and Baroness Kilkeel in Northern Ireland.

Branch of the Family Tree: Married to Prince Harry, son of Prince Charles and grandson of Queen Elizabeth II

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Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor


Full name: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor

Title styled as: Master Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. Archie currently doesn't have a title, but could become a Prince after Prince Charles ascends the throne. The couple had several surname options to choose from, but ultimately went with Mountbatten-Windsor, a joint moniker available to descendants of Prince Philip and the Queen.

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Branch of the Family Tree: Son Prince Harry, grandson of Prince Charles and great-grandson of Queen Elizabeth II

Princess Anne


Full name: Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise

Title styled as: Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal

Also referred to as: Princess Anne, which was how her title was styled before she became the Princess Royal.

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Branch of the Family Tree: Second child and only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II

Peter Phillips and His Family


Full names: Peter Mark Andrew Phillips, Autumn Patricia Phillips née Kelly, Isla Elizabeth Phillips, and Savannah Anne Kathleen Phillips

Titles: Peter Phillips’s parents, Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips, reportedly turned down the Queen’s offer of a royal title for their son, hoping instead to enable him to lead a more normal life. In 2008 he married Autumn Kelly, and the couple have two children together: Savannah Phillips and Isla Phillips. As Peter doesn't have a title, none of his family members do either.

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Branch of the Family Tree: Peter Phillips is the only son of Princess Anne and the eldest grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II

Zara Tindall and Her Family


Full names: Zara Anne Elizabeth Tindall née Phillips, Michael James Tindall, Mia Grace Tindall, and Lena Elizabeth Tindall

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Titles: Like her older brother Peter, Zara's parents reportedly turned down the Queen’s offer for one in hopes that Zara might lead a more normal life. Zara married Mike Tindall, a former rugby player, in 2011, and the couple have two children together: Mia Tindall and Lena Tindall. As Zara doesn't have a title, none of her family members do either.

Branch of the Family Tree: Zara Tindall is the only daughter of Princess Anne and the eldest grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II

Prince Andrew


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Full name: Andrew Albert Christian Edward

Title styled as: His Royal Highness the Duke of York

Also referred to as: Andrew can be referred to as the Earl of Inverness in Scotland, and as Baron Killyleagh in Northern Ireland.

Branch of the Family Tree: Third child of Queen Elizabeth II

Princess Beatrice


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Full name: Beatrice Elizabeth Mary

Title styled as: Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice of York

Branch of the Family Tree: Daughter of Prince Andrew; granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II

Princess Eugenie


Full name: Eugenie Victoria Helena

Title styled as: Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie. When Eugenie married her husband, Jack Brooksbank, she dropped "of York" from her title. For his part, Brooksbank did not get a title upon marrying into the royal family.

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Branch of the Family Tree: Daughter of Prince Andrew; granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II

Prince Edward


Full name: Edward Anthony Richard Louis

Title styled as: His Royal Highness the Earl of Wessex (Note: It's been reported that after his father's death, he'll assume the title Duke of Edinburgh.)

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Also referred to as: Edward is sometimes referred to as the Earl of Forfar in Scotland.

Branch of the Family Tree: Youngest child of Queen Elizabeth II

Sophie, Countess of Wessex


Full name: Born Sophie Helen Rhys-Jones

Title styled as: Her Royal Highness the Countess of Wessex

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Also referred to as: Sophie is sometimes referred to as the Countess of Forfar in Scotland.

Branch of the Family Tree: Married to Prince Edward, Queen Elizabeth II's youngest child

Lady Louise Windsor


Full name: Louise Alice Elizabeth Mary Mountbatten-Windsor

Title styled as: Lady Louise Windsor.When Prince Edward and Sophie married, they decided with the approval of the Queen that their children would receive the courtesy titles of the children of an earl, rather than Prince or Princess.

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Branch of the Family Tree: Daughter of Prince Edward; granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II

James, Viscount Severn


Full name: James Alexander Philip Theo Mountbatten-Windsor

Title styled as: James, Viscount Severn. As with his older sister, James received the courtesy titles of the son of an earl.

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Branch of the Family Tree: Son of Prince Edward; grandson of Queen Elizabeth II

*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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