An example of a royal duke
handing down a courtesy title to his son is the Queen's cousin the Duke of Gloucester when his son Alexander was born in 1974.
TO SVEN BAKER, with the 2nd Battalion Royal Duke
of Lancasters, in Iraq: To my little soldier.
The last royal Duke
of Cambridge died in 1904 - after outraging his family by secretly marrying an actress.
This was on the basis of the overtly nuptial imagery of the seat furniture, and because the front rails of the chairs and stools, as well as the headboard of the bed, are emblazoned with a royal duke
's or prince's coronet rather than a regal crown.
Of course, Cumberland was that higher being, a Royal Duke
, most famous (or notorious) as the hero (or butcher) of Culloden, depending on one's allegiance at a time of Anglo-Scottish conflict.
There are few still alive who recall her as she appears in early portraits - as a beautiful debutante and people's princess, bride to a royal duke
who became king; but there can scarcely be anybody on the planet who can remember a time when she was not a part of the backcloth to public events, a benign player in the collective consciousness.
The royal duke
was at the Heritage Motor Museum, Gaydon, to open the show called A Royal Tour.
I love Everton because my grandfather, Thomas E Cree who had the Royal Duke
Hotel, was big friends with Dixie Dean, who'd often pop in to say hello.
The King also discreetly sent him to his tailor and fitted him with an extensive and expensive "trousseau" more suited to the husband of his heir and a newly created Royal Duke
. None of his German relatives or his sisters were invited to the wedding.
From being the second but equal daughter of a Royal Duke
, to becoming second but unequal daughter in line to the throne when the Duke became King George VI, then steadily receding a further nine places with the births of her sister's children and grandchildren!