The British Royal Family: Princesses of Wales

  • Camilla Parker-Bowles (neé Shand) married His Royal Highness Charles Philip Arthur George, Prince of Wales, Duke of Cornwall, Earl of Chester, Duke of Rothesay, Earl of Carrick, Baron of Renfrew, Lord of the Isles, Prince and Great Steward of Scotland.
    The Duchess of Cornwall wearing the Delhi Durbar Tiara
    • HRH Duchess of Cornwall, [yes, I know this is contentious to some]. The highest-ranking title that Prince Charles has beneath Prince of Wales is Duke of Cornwall. Camilla is styled the feminine version of this title and not Princess of Wales, as this was last used by Charles’ first wife, Diana, whose name continues to be associated with that title even though it had been withdrawn on her divorce from Charles.
      • It has been suggested that to avoid upsetting die-hard Diana fans that the Duchess was styled as such or possibly out of respect for the memory of Diana, Princess of Wales. Whichever, it remains a title that lies dormant and will probably not be seen until Charles is King and his son William has been invested as Prince of Wales.
        • Fact: coincidentally, Charles and Camilla were both delivered by the same doctor! Sir William Gilliat, was the Queen’s obstetrician who also worked at King’s Hospital, Camberwell, where Camilla was born (1947) the year before Charles (who was born in Buckingham Palace). Funny thing is, this also happened with Victoria and Albert, the same midwife attended both births!
  • Lady Diana Spencer married HRH Charles, Prince of Wales
    Diana, Princess of Wales
    Diana, Princess of Wales – wearing the Cambridge Lover’s knot tiara (Photo: Pinterest)
    • HRH the Princess of Wales, Diana, Princess of Wales (after her divorce)
      • You can read more about Diana here.
        • And see posts on Diana’s dresses, here and here.
  • Princess Mary of Teck married HRH George, Duke of York, later Prince of Wales and later still King George V
    Queen Mary wearing Delhi Durbar Tiara that was made in 1911
    • HRH Duchess of York, HRH Princess of Wales, HRH Queen Mary
      • Mary was engaged to George’s older brother, Prince Albert Victor, first. He died six weeks after the engagement. The Victorians: not ones to waste a promising royal bride . . .
        •  You can read more about George V here and here.
          • Fact: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh’s mother was one of Princess Mary’s ten bridesmaids! Princess Alice of Battenburg was a great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria.
  • Princess Alexandra of Denmark married HRH Albert, Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII
    Alexandra, Princess of Wales, on her wedding day
    Alexandra, Princess of Wales, on her wedding day
    • HRH Princess of Wales, HRH Queen Alexandra
      • You can read more about King Edward Edward VII and Queen Alexandra here.
  • Princess Caroline of Brunswick married her first cousin, George, Prince of Wales, later King George IV
    • HRH the Princess of Wales, Queen Caroline
      • Caroline, Princess of Wales was never crowned Queen alongside King George IV although technically she was on the death of King George III as her estranged husband automatically became King. They had separated early in their marriage. Indeed, the Prince of Wales had tried to divorce Caroline but failed.
        • Their only child, Charlotte, died in childbirth wiping out two generations of legitimate Hanoverian heirs.
          • You can read more about Charlotte here.
            • Fact: Caroline lived in Montague House, on the outskirts of Greenwich Park for 15 years until her extended trip across Europe began in 1814. A year later Montague House was demolished and only the bath remains today.
  • Princess Augusta of Saxe-Gotha married Frederick, Prince of Wales
    • HRH Princess of Wales, Dowager Princess of Wales, after the death of the Prince of Wales
      • The death of the Prince of Wales directly placed her son, George, as heir apparent to the throne
  • Princess Caroline of Ansbach married George Augustus of Brunswick and Lüneburg, later King George II
    • HRH Princess of Wales, HRH Queen Caroline
  • Infanta Katherine of Aragon (16 December 1485 – 7 January 1536) married Arthur, Prince of Wales
    • HRH Princess of Wales, Queen Katherine ( she later married Arthur’s brother, King Henry VIII)
  • Lady Anne Neville (11 June 1456 – 16 March 1485) married Edward of Westminster 13 December 1470. 
    • HRH Princess of Wales (Anne’s husband, Edward, reportedly died at the battle of Tewkesbury during the War of the Roses)
      • Queen Anne as the wife of Richard III – he whose remains were found in a Leicester car park in 2012
  • Joan, Countess of Kent (19 September 1328 – 7 August 1385) married Edward, the Black Prince, on 10 October 1361
    • Edward’s titles: Edward of Woodstock, Prince of Wales, Prince D’Aquitaine, Earl of Chester, Duke of Cornwall.
      • The Black Prince was Joan’s third husband
        • The couple had two children, Edward, who died aged six and Richard, the future Richard II, who was crowned aged 10.
          • Fact: Edward became Prince of Wales in May 1343

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