The Duke of Edinburgh title was first created by King George I who bestowed it on his grandson Prince Frederick, who also became Prince of Wales th
The Duke of Edinburgh title was first created by King George I who bestowed it on his grandson Prince Frederick, who also became Prince of Wales the following year. When Frederick passed away the titles were inherited by his son Prince George who went on to become King George III in 1760.
In 1947 the Duke of Edinburgh title was given a new lease of life when King George VI gave it to his son-in-law Prince Philip when he married the then-Princess Elizabeth.
Following Prince Philip’s death last week, the title naturally fell to his eldest son, Prince Charles, the heir to the throne.
When Charles becomes King his titles will merge with the Crown and he may choose to bestow them on other royals.
Prince Edward, the Duke’s youngest son, is tipped to eventually inherit his father’s title.
When Edward married Sophie in 1999 the couple were given the titles of Earl and Countess of Wessex.
The palace also said that the Queen’s youngest child would eventually one day take the Duke of Edinburgh title.
An Express.co.uk poll – which ran from 10.20am yesterday to 10.30am today – asked: “Should the Duke of Edinburgh title finish with Prince Philip?”
Out of 5,274 votes, 57 percent (2,964) said the title should not end with Prince Philip.
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“Why go against his will?”
Another person said while the title should continue the biggest problem will be “finding someone as great to fill his boots”.
They said: “Yes we should keep the title! Why get rid of it?
“It belonged to a great man; the biggest problem will be finding someone as great to fill his boots!
“That may never happen again the way things are going but that is no reason to retire the honour itself!”
Another person added: “Keep it alive for his achievement in creating the Duke of Edinburgh awards scheme for the young.”
On the other hand, people said the title should end with Prince Philip as he would be a “hard act to follow”.
One person said: “Phillip the Duke of Edinburgh, would be a hard act to follow.
“I believe that the title should die with him.”
Someone else said: “Yes- there was only one Duke of Edinburgh.
“God Bless you Prince Philip.”