Titles in any royal family in the world carry more to them than just a surname. In history, various types of titles have been awarded, some have been bestowed upon, whereas, some have been inherited. This has been happening for generations. In the British Royal Family, the title or the surname once became the bone of contention between Queen Elizabeth and the late Prince Philip.
What Titles Does The Royal Family Use
Prestigious titles and surnames are a part of the Royal Family. Many of the royal children, including Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, bear their parents’ ‘Cambridge‘ surname. Meanwhile, their cousins Archie and Lilibet bear the royal family’s ‘official’ surname, Mountbatten-Windsor.
The name combines the royal surname of Windsor with Prince Philip’s surname of Mountbatten. Although surnames were a major cause of disagreement between the Queen and Prince Philip.
According to The Mirror, the name didn’t exist on an official paper until 1973. Although the intricate background behind it dates back to 1952.
What Is The Story Of The “Windsor-Mountbatten” Title?
Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark of the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg was Philip’s formal title before his marriage. After marrying The Queen and he became the Duke of Edinburgh.
His name wasn’t considered to be enough before marrying the Queen. Consequently, he took the title Mountbatten following his grandparents. When Elizabeth became Queen in 1952, she had to clarify the Royal Family’s formal surname, and many people urged her to keep Windsor rather than change it to Mountbatten. In the end, the Queen adopted the title “Windsor”. She chose to back her family’s position.
Philip declared at that time: “I’m nothing more than a bloated amoeba. I am the only man in the country who is not permitted to name his children after himself.” The queen resolved to do something about it in 1960.
What Happened With The Royal Title In 1960
As the Queen got pregnant with her third child Philip was hell-bent on this kid having his surname. Consequently, the Queen met the then PM Harold Macmillan. She admitted that this issue was frustrating for her husband.
Finally, a compromise happened. The Queen announced her adoption of the name Mountbatten-Windsor on February 8, 1960, 11 days before Prince Andrew was born.
She declared that all of her descendants who do not have the title of His or Her Royal Highness will use it. As we all know it is still used.
What Does The Royal Website Say
It said, “The Royal Family name of Windsor was confirmed by The Queen after her accession in 1952. However, in 1960, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh decided that they would like their direct descendants to be distinguished from the rest of the Royal Family (without changing the name of the Royal House), as Windsor is the surname used by all the male and unmarried female descendants of George V.”
Further, on-site, it was mentioned that “It was therefore declared in the Privy Council that The Queen’s descendants, other than those with the style of Royal Highness and the title of Prince/Princess, or female descendants who marry, would carry the name of Mountbatten-Windsor.”