On September 8th, Queen Elizabeth II, the longest reigning monarch in history, died at her home in Balmoral, Scotland after having served 70 years on the throne. While her death will usher in a period of national mourning in the UK, including a time when she will lie in state both in Scotland and at Buckingham Palace, according to The Guardian, there are also plenty of other details that have been revealed in relation to the bigger one must be considered royal family.
After her death, King Charles III. automatically elevated to that rank, and his wife, Camilla, became the queen consort. Along with Charles’ rise in rank, his eldest son will now assume Charles’ previous titles of Prince of Wales and Duke of Cornwall, both titles bestowed on the heir apparent to the British throne. But William and his family aren’t the only ones whose ranks and titles will change: Prince Harry and his family are also affected.
According to the 1917 Letters Patent issued by King George V, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s children, Archie and Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor, are now given the titles HRH – meaning they can now be referred to as Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet if their parents want it. As the second son of Charles, Harry’s children were not granted HRH titles under the 1917 Letters patent, but the children of the sovereign’s son – who is Harry now – have the option to use the titles, a situation that will not change unless Charles grants a new patent.