Prince Charles has become the Duke of Edinburgh following Prince Philip’s death aged 99.
The heir to the throne today inherited his father’s title as the nation mourned the
loss of the hardest-working member of the Royal Family after seven decades of service.
The Queen has expressed her “deep sorrow” after her “beloved” husband the Duke of
Edinburgh passed away “peacefully” at Windsor Castle.
Prince Philip was granted the title of Duke of Edinburgh on the day of his wedding to
Queen Elizabeth on November 20 1947.
In keeping with royal tradition, the title of the Duke of Edinburgh has immediately been
passed to his eldest son Prince Charles.
But the title will in fact be inherited by Philip’s youngest son Prince Edward on Charles’
eventual accession to the throne.
In 1999, Buckingham Palace announced that Edward would succeed his father in the
Dukedom with the blessing of the Queen and Prince Philip
On Charles’ eventual accession to the throne, the title will merge with the crown –
meaning the new King can grant Edward the title of Duke of Edinburgh.
Prince Edward, who is currently the Earl of Wessex, has already taken a number of his
He is a trustee of the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme and a patron of the
Edinburgh International Festival.
It also means that Edward’s wife the Countess of Wessex will become the Duchess of
Edinburgh – a title once held by the Queen.
According to convention, a dukedom is given to senior royals on the day of their wedding.
This was the case with the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex.
Once Prince Charles becomes King, he will decide who inherits the Prince of Wales title –
as it is not automatically passed on in the Royal Family.
In the past, the eldest sons of the monarch have been given the title – so Prince William
would likely become the next Prince of Wales