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The Scottish titles of the Royal Family

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
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The Royal Family has taken to social media to wish everyone a Happy St. Andrew’s Day on November 30th. And while many of the Windsors are known by English titles, several have Scottish honours to their name as well. Here, Royal Central looks at the Scottish titles held by some of its most high profile members.

The Prince of Wales has a bumper crop of Scottish titles to his name. The one most associated with Charles is Duke of Rothesay as he has often underlined that this is how he is known when he is in Scotland. It is one of a number of titles that were always held by the heir to the throne of Scotland and which now belong to the first in line to the British throne. The others are Earl of Carrick, Baron of Renfrew, Lord of the Isles and Prince and Great Steward of Scotland.

Charles took on those titles when he became heir but other Scottish titles held by members of the Royal Family have been granted to them. The Duke of Edinburgh was given his title by King George VI in November 1947, ahead of his marriage to the then Princess Elizabeth.

The Queen has also bestowed several Scottish titles on the occasion of royal weddings. Prince William was made Earl of Strathearn as well as Duke of Cambridge on his marriage to Catherine Middleton in April 2011. Prince Harry received the title of Earl of Dumbarton at the same time he was created Duke of Sussex just ahead of his wedding with Meghan Markle in May 208. Prince Andrew was made Duke of York and Earl of Inverness at the time of his marriage to Sarah Ferguson in 1986.

Prince Edward didn’t receive a Scottish title when he married Sophie Rhys-Jones in June 1999 but twenty years later, his mother changed all that. In March 2019, to mark his 55th birthday, the Queen created her youngest son Earl of Forfar with Edward and Sophie visiting the area soon afterwards.

Two other high profile royals hold Scottish titles as well but, as is usual, they are actually used as courtesy titles by their heirs. The Queen’s cousin, Edward, Duke of Kent is also Earl of St. Andrews but his eldest son, George, is now known by that title. Another cousin, Richard, Duke of Gloucester, counts Baron Culloden among his titles. However, it is now used as a courtesy title by the only son of his eldest son who is known as Xan, Lord Culloden.

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Lydia Starbuck is Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton, a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. June has been a reporter, producer and editor, picking up several awards over the years. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.