George asked in Society & CultureRoyalty · 1 decade ago

Why wasn't Queen Victoria Princess of Wales?

When Queen Victoria was Heiress presumptive she was the princess of Kent, rather than the princess of Wales, which i thought was the traditional title to the heir to the throne. Is it because she could have been usurped from the succession if her Uncle had a child?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Only Prince of Wales is the traditional title for the heir apparent to the throne. She was a Princess of Kent because her father was Duke of Kent. Your answer is sort of contained in the question - an heiress presumptive is presumptive because there is always the possibility that she can be usurped from the succession.

    It's all because men always come before women in the line of succession. The only Princesses of Wales there have ever been have been married to the Prince of Wales. If the UK ever changes the law to remove the gender bias, as some other European monarchies have done, then we might get a Princess of Wales who is heiress apparent to the throne. (There's a coincidence - Sweden has a Crown Princess Victoria, who is heiress apparent, and would no doubt be Princess of Wales if she were British!) But even so, that wouldn't have applied to Victoria, as she wasn't a child of the reigning monarch, and as you say, her uncle could have had a child who would have come ahead of her.

  • 1 decade ago

    The title is not given automatically. Prince Charles was not always Prince of Wales, for example. His mother gave him that title when he was 10 years old. She's not required to do such, but it has been a long-standing tradition.

    Moreover, it only goes to hair apparents, not heir presumptives...because the birth of a boy can always knock an heir presumptive out of the running.

    As such, Elizabeth II as heir presumptive also was never princess of wales.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It's the traditional title of the Heir Apparent, which she never was - because, as you correctly say, in theory as long as William IV was alive he could have produced a son who would have been the Heir Apparent.

  • 1 decade ago

    Because Wales hadn't been invented back then dear boy.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I don't think her FATHER was ever king.

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