Why Prince Philip wasn’t called king

Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth

In this file photo taken on March 13, 2015 Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) and Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, leave St Paul's Cathedral in London on March 13, 2015, after attending a memorial service to mark the end of Britain's combat operations in Afghanistan.

Photo credit: Ben Stansall | AFP

What you need to know:

  • In royal circles, the spouse of the reigning woman monarch is called a consort, meaning the person gained the title through marriage.

By the time he died on April 9 aged 99, Britain’s Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, had chalked up virtually every prestigious title a member of the royal family can possibly acquire.

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