Considering the fact that I live in (what I have always thought was) the world's OLDEST Monarchy, I am very interested in how all this "royal stuff" works; not in an obsessed, National Enquirer Magazine kind of way, but just an honest interest in the way the monarchy functions---especially when the Prince has chosen one of those "commoners" as his bride. I love hearing about what Princess Mary is doing around Denmark because to me, she is just a regular girl who fell in love with a not-so-regular guy and now lives a pretty interesting life.
So yesterday when all the hoopla was happening in London, I was not glued to my tv; well, mainly because I was working, but I did come home and watch the reruns (well, at least the first 17 rounds of them) of William and Kate's big day because again, it's the story of a regular gal who loves a not-so-regular guy and is forced to share the biggest day of her life with the entire world. I watched Kate handle her day much the same way I see Mary handling her life as the future queen of Denmark.... with grace and style....Not because they were raised as royalty, but because they are just 2 very classy ladies!
However, I have to ask one thing...
Because I remember when I was planning my wedding to Jess' dad....when I was NINETEEN (Yes, I know... what the heck was I doing getting married at 19?? That is fodder for ANOTHER blog!), but I remember doodling on paper my new name... Mrs Kelli XXXXX.... Mr. and Mrs. XXXX.... etc.. but Mary and Kate didn't get to do that because that is one answer to my "royal wonderings" that I have not yet figured out... WHAT THE HECK ARE THEIR LAST NAMES NOW??
Did they just doodle "Future Queen Kate" and "Future Queen Mary"?
And is the monogram on the bath towels that you KNOW they received at a wedding shower just "FQK" and "FQM"?
If anyone has the answer, please share!!
I have no idea but the one thing I can tell you is that we are no longer supposed to call her "Kate". She is now only to be called Catherine. Or at least, that's what I heard on the BBC!
In Sweden the Royal family members doesn't have any last name. They are for example HKH (Hans Kungliga Höghet) Prins Daniel. They belong to a "dynasty", in Sweden that one is Bernadotte, but that is not their last name.
I am not sure, but I think it is the same in Denmark and England.
When the English Queen dies, yesterdays couple will go from being prince and princess to crown prince and crown prinsess.
By the way I think Kate, sorry Catherine, looks VERY much like the Danish princess Marie :) .
From what I understand. William's last name is Windsor, though as a concession to Prince Phillip they can also use Mountbatten Windsor as their last names. The last name Windsor comes from WWI because the family's ACTUAL name, Saxe-Coburg-Goethe sounded just a little too German. It didn't help the King's cousin was the German Kaiser.
I think William and Harry use Wales as their last names for military duty, since their father is the Prince of Wales. So Kate has plenty to pick from, although I don't know if she can use Wales yet. And as Duchess of Cambridge now she doesn't really need to use a family name. Another reason we don't need peerage...all the names are too confusing. And this is only the tiny bit I know about.
I haven't the slightest clue about the Danish court.
When he was announced@ his graduation from university, the announcer called him "William Wales".
Theoretically their last name is Windsor although that's not really the case as far as I recall. Will and Kate are now to be called Prince and Princes, of Cambridge. Danish Queen has no last name either though she's from the Glücksburg line, so that's the closest bet.
Mountbatten-Windsor, but they don't use their last names for anything.
THere was actually a huge spread in a Danish magazine last week where they compared the 2 women... both in a white suit; both in similar hats; both in sunglasses and jeans.. and every time it looked like 2 sisters! 2 beautiful women!!
Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, The Earl and Lady of Strathearn and The Baron and Countess of Carrickfergus.
I guess you know now that the monarchies do not have surnames. They are "of the House of >>>>>>>." In England it is usually the House of Windsor.
The Danish royal family do not have last names. That is only for us commoners. When Prince Frederik once registered a car in the US, and was required to fill in the last name, he wrote "Prince". :-)
The British Monarchy didn't have last names either but in 1917 they took the last name Windsor: http://www.royal.gov.uk/ThecurrentRoyalFamily/TheRoyalFamilyname/Overview.aspx
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