Kingdom of England

If someone talks about queen, palace, prince, princess, duke, duchess, and any other royal-related words, our mind must be heading to one thing : the oldest kingdom that still lasts until today, The Kingdom of England. Pardon my narrow knowledge, before i went to Europe, i didn’t know that Netherlands also has a kingdom. Terribly sorry for that.

Anyway, do you remember that Princess Kate and Prince William hold the title of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge? And do you also remember that Prince Charles holds the title of Prince of Wales? I wonder where that came from and i got a chance to ask my local tour guide about that. I will now share the answer with you.

Every first son of the King and Queen will be given the title of Prince of Wales (and his wife will hold the title of Princess of Wales). So later on, when Prince Charles become King Charles, Prince William will also hold the title of Prince of Wales. Prince Harry will never hold that title because, obviously, he’s the second son of the king. About the title of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for Will and Kate, Queen Elizabeth give that title as a marriage gift to them. So, that’s why.

The local tour guide also gave me an additional information. When Lady Di still married to Prince Charles, she held the title of Princess of Wales. But then they divorced and Prince Charles is now married to Camilla Rosemary but she doesn’t hold the title of Princess of Wales. Why so? Because the title Princess of Wales has been strongly attached to the figure of Lady Di and Camilla doesn’t want to upset people in England for taking over that title from Lady Di.

Interesting facts.

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Buckingham Palace is very popular, not only for international tourist, but also for local tourist. Every summer, the palace is open for public, at the time when Queen Elizabeth is having a vacation to Windsor Castle (if i’m not mistaken). But too bad, it’s already full-booked when i got there so i couldn’t get inside. The palace has hundreds of rooms, immensely huge indeed. See how many windows are there? Oh, and if you come in the right time, you can enjoy the parade of changing the guard at the palace. Without any doubt, palace or castle hopping is an activity that one should never skip when traveling to the UK.

 

♥ Atiqah Zulfa Nadia

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