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If the Duchy of Cornwall is the only one left, when did the Duchy of Lancaster end, please? -- isis 3 Sep 2002

The Duchy of Lancaster exists -- it forms a distinct part of the Crown Estates -- but there is no associated dukedom. The last Duke of Lancaster was Henry "of Monmouth", sometime Prince of Wales, Duke of Cornwall, Earl of Chester, and Duke of Aquitaine. When he became king (as Henry V) on 21 Mar 1412/3, the dukedom of Lancaster became merged in the crown - that is, it ceased to exist as a peerage title until such time as the monarch sees fit to grant it to someone. The duchy exists: its income goes to the monarch, but as the monarch cannot also be a peer, the Queen is neither Duchess of Lancaster nor -- as is sometimes asserted -- Duke of Lancaster. Someone else

I thought Prince Charles had been assigned the income from the Duchy of Lancaster; was whoever said that wrong, then? -- isis 4 Sep 2002

Nope --he gets the income from teh lands, but doesn't hold the title. JHK 21:20 Sep 3, 2002 (PDT)

I think they may have oversimplified. The income from the Duchy of Lancaster is part of the (private) income of the Queen, the income from the Duchy of Cornwall is part of the income of the Duke of Cornwall. The Queen uses this income to fund the Privy Purse, which defrays the expenses of the Royal family, including her son ('assigning' some of its income to him, if you will) but she can do so only because it is hers to dispose of. It also pays for the upkeep of Balmoral. The accounting is complex, and people/politicians/etc. fight about which income should be taxed, which expenditures should be reimbursed, what's part of the Civil List, what's not, who should live where and at whose expense, seemingly without end. But at least at present, and at least in the first instance, the income of Lancaster goes to the Queen, while the income of Cornwall goes to the Duke of Cornwall. -- Someone else 4 Sep 2002

Explanation of changes:

  1. . The statement that "The Dukedom is the last extant in the United Kingdom" is simply wrong. There are plenty of Dukes in the United Kingdom, but only one is associated with a Duchy.
  2. . A duchy is not necessarily autonomous. The dukedom and duchy of Cornwall was created by the English Parliament! There are in fact two duchies still extant in the UK, the income of one (Cornwall) goes to the Prince of Wales, the income of the other (Lancaster) goes to the Queen. Someone else 20:40 Sep 6, 2002 (UCT)

According to my dictionary the words duchy and dukedom are coterminous.

The legal status of Cornwall is a matter of considerable debate. It is not proven whether Cornwall is in England or not, and the balance of evidence is to the contrary. You will also kindly note that "English" Heritage have now refrained from using the word "English" on sites in Cornwall in deference to local sensitivities. user:sjc

Duchy and dukedom are not coterminous in the British Peerage. Except for the Duke of Cornwall, the 'territorial designations' are not duchies. Such Dukes have dukedoms, but do not have duchies. There is no Duchy of Gloucester; there is no Duchy of Kent, but the Duke of Gloucester and the Duke of Kent hold dukedoms. The term refers to the title and not the territory. The peerage system's territorial designations have nothing to do with holding any sort of power in the territory designated (as is most vividly seen by turning one's attention to Lord Mountbatten of Burma...)

Perhaps you would like to add a discussion of the various views of the legal status of Cornwall to the page, or create a page for the Duchy of Cornwall. Someone else

I think you ought to advise the OED of this oversight on their part. These are probably however obviously specialised usages of the word, and I bow to your knowledge in this area.

We have done the "Is Cornwall in England" debate to death, Someone else. We have a form of words which (until this got raked over again) was satisfactory to all players. I do not propose to go over this ground again. I can reinstate the pages but frankly you will just find pages of ill-tempered vituperation on all sides with a conclusion which resulted in the present compromise. I have acquired the skills and I can round up the players to fight this as a guerilla edit-war without any difficulty at all. Let us just be pragmatic about this and not say that Cornwall is in England, because frankly I find it deeply insulting to be thought of as English. I am Cornish and I have my own language. user:sjc

Oddly, my OED contains the following as a definition of duchy: "In Great Britain, applied to the dukedoms of Cornwall and Lancaster (the two earliest in England) vested in the Royal Family, and having certain courts of their own, in which respect they differ from ordinary peerage dukedoms." Perhaps yours does not.

As to the geographical localization of Cornwall, the British Isles is fine by me. I have no intention of arguing one way or another about Cornwall and England. Someone else

Phew, that's a relief. I had this horrible sense of deja vu. I am "happy" about Cornwall being listed as an English county since it is a description of realpolitik; however the political and judicial complexity surrounding Cornwall's status truly is horrendous and it is far safer not to muddy the water by including it directly in England, but referring to it in relation to Britain. It is a very Orwellian piece of doublethink but it works. user;sjc

PS: the qualification isn't in the Concise Edition, do you think I should write and complain, or ask for my money back? :-) user:sjc

I'd say go ahead and sue them for infliction of pain and suffering, but I don't think it would do much good! <G> Someone else
Nice idea. I'll sue 'em for every penny...

Not to pick at festering sores<G> but it occurs to me that perhaps it would be a good idea to point out that the Duchy of Cornwall is not the same thing as Cornwall, the southernmost county of Great Britain? Let me know if this is offensive or not, or if you think it is better left nebulous. (I think this is probably best done at the start of "Cornwall" but I don't want to >touch< that.) Someone else

Yes, probably a good idea and worth hiving off a separate article in its own right. This way we can do it without upsetting anyone (except perhaps old jug ears) user:sjc

Should this article be under "Dukedom of Cornwall", rather than "Duke of Cornwall"? To me, the term "Duke of Cornwall" suggests a person rather than an institution. -- Oliver Pereira 12:43 Nov 11, 2002 (UTC)

Er.. no if it is going to be moved it should be to the Duchy of Cornwall.
Er.. except it's about the Dukedom, not the Duchy. If someone feels a compelling need to move it, "List of Dukes of Cornwall" might suffice. Reverted erasure of two Dukes. With regard to the statement: "It is also possible to be Heir Apparent without being the Duke of Cornwall (if one is female, or is not the child of the reigning monarch.) ", it's redundant. No female can be heiress apparent if she IS the child of the reigning monarch, so "not the child of the reigning monarch" suffices. --- Someone else 18:07 Nov 11, 2002 (UTC)
It contains information about the dukedom and how it works, which takes up about as much space as the list itself, so I personally would prefer "Dukedom of Cornwall" to "List of..." -- Oliver Pereira 03:39 Nov 23, 2002 (UTC)
Sounds ok to me. I can't imagine anyone looking up "Dukedom" but they can always find it by searching for "Duke" -- Someone else 00:44 Nov 24, 2002 (UTC)
Thanks! (Hurray, I won! ;) -- Oliver Pereira 00:52 Nov 24, 2002 (UTC)

Er... just looked at the talk page after I moved this back to "Duke of Cornwall". In any event, I think that's a better place for it, as no other Dukedom has an article with the title of "Dukedom of such and such". Yes, the rules for who becomes Duke of Cornwall (and thus holds the Dukedom) are more complicated than for any other Dukedom (except the Dukedom of Rothesay, of course), but the discussion of the Dukedom here is not in any distinct way different from the treatment of the various Dukedoms of York at the "Duke of York" page. And, one might note, it's somewhat unclear as to how many "Dukedoms of Cornwall" there have been. The Handbook of British Chronology lists three creations before it seems to have stuck - one for the Black Prince in 1337, one for future Richard II in 1376, and one for future Henry V in 1399. And then future Edward V was created it in 1471, due to the fact that when he'd been born, his father had been temporarily deposed, and Henry VI's son had still been alive. To obviate the fact that there have been several Dukedoms of Cornwall, and for the simple reason that there's no particular advantage in having it under Dukedom, I moved it back. I do think that the Duchy of Cornwall ought to have a separate article, if it doesn't already, but another advantage of "Duke of Cornwall" is that it can discuss the Duchy as well as the Dukedom in the same article. john 04:52 17 Jun 2003 (UTC)

I agree with the move, all the more so having read the talk pages. Dukedom is patiently wrong in this case. Duchy would be more correct, Duke perfectly correct, as one can talk about the person, title and territory all in one. FearÉIREANN 06:57 17 Jun 2003 (UTC)

The Duchy and Cornwall[edit]

I have removed the text that states the Duchy is nothing to do with Cornwall because it is quite simple wrong. The office of Duchy was created to provide a source of income for the heir apparant, a training ground for a future King and as a form of Governance for Cornwall. To this day the Duke has some rights over the territory of Cornwall.

Such as:

The High Sheriff of Cornwall is appointed by the Duke, not the monarch, in contrast the other counties of England and Wales. The Duke has the right to the estates of all those who die without heirs (intestate) in the whole of Cornwall, outside of Cornwall such estates go to the Crown. This is known as Bona Vacantia and applies to treasurer trove as well. A sturgeon caught elsewhere in Britain is ceremonially offered to the monarch, while in Cornwall it is offered to the Duke. The Duke has right of wreck on all ships wrecked on Cornish shores, but in most of England this is the right of the Crown. Additionally, unlike a truly private estate the Duke does not have to pay income tax on Duchy profits including profits from the above rights over the territory of Cornwall.


In addition in 1969-71 the Kilbrandon Report into the British constitution recommends that, when referring to Cornwall - official sources should cite the Duchy not the County. This was suggested in recognition of its constitutional position.


In 1856 court case in which Sir George Harrison successfully argued that the Duchy enjoyed the rights and prerogatives of a County palatine, that it was extrateritorial to England and that the Duke has rights over the whole territory of Cornwall befitting a King.


Whence county was gradually adopted in English ( scarcely before the 15th century ) as an alternative name for the shire, and in due course applied to similar divisions made in Wales and in Ireland, as well as the shires of Scotland, and also extended to those separate parts of the realm which never were shires, as The Duchy of Cornwall, Orkney and Shetland. Part definition of the term County.Complete Oxford English Dictionary. 2nd Ed 1989 p. 1044.

So you are really going to have to address these points if you want to write that the Duchy has nothing to do with Cornwall.


In the following simplified family-tree:




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King A has two sons, the elder B, the younger C.

B becomes Duke of Cornwall at birth.

B has a son, D.

If B dies, his brother, C, would become Duke of Cornwall.

Now, let King A die. He would be succeeded as King by his grandson, D.

At this point, would C cease to be Duke of Cornwall? Would E become Duke of Cornwall? (Could there be two Dukes of Corwall under these circumstances?) If C were to retain the title Duke of Cornwall until his death, would he be succeeded by his son, F, or by his great-nephew, E?

Many thanks in advance! Phlogistomania 01:10, Jun 18,

2005 (UTC)

C wouldn't become Duke of Cornwall at all. Neither would D. Only the eldest son and heir apparent of the monarch can be Duke of Cornwall. Only if B dies without having legitimate children (male or female) C can become Duke. Also D can only become Duke of Cornwall if B becomes King. (Alphaboi867 03:21, 18 Jun 2005 (UTC))

It is my understanding that D would not be King. When B died that would make C, his brother, the new heir. When A dies then C would become King followed by any of his sons. When B dies before A (Therefore B was never King) then his son D loses his place in line. The sons of a King are ahead in line before the Grandsons. I could be wrong and please correct me if I am. NeuGye (talk) 17:13, 26 March 2008 (UTC)[reply]

Nobody loses his place in the line of succession to the British throne, but people can cut in front of him by being born into a more senior branch. The line of succession to King A goes:
1. B, Duke of Cornwall, son of A
2. D, son of B, grandson of A
3. E, son of D, great-grandson of A
4. C, son of A
5. F, son of C
If any of them dies, the people below him each move up one space. If B has a second son G, he gets a spot between E (the last of his older brother D's descendants) and C (the head of the next most senior line descending from A). There's more information (a lot more) at Succession to the British throne. As near as I can tell, if B dies first, no one is Duke of Cornwall, but if B, D, and E all die first, C becomes Duke of Cornwall as both oldest surviving son and heir apparent of King A. --Kineticman (talk) 03:11, 3 July 2008 (UTC)[reply]
If you are a 2nd son you get nothing if your older brother dies, UNLESS his entire line is also dead. So if your brother never had heirs, you take your brother's place. But not if he had heirs. The meaning of "heir" varies. For most (but not all, there are ALWAYS exceptions in these matters) Dukedoms, a female isn't an heir, she never existed. So even if she had male children, no line of inheritance goes through her. For most (but not ALL) older Earldoms, the oldest daughter is treated as a potential heir younger than the youngest son. If all sons die (and ALL LINES from those sons die), the oldest daughter (or, if she is dead, the line from her) inherits.
If A is King and B is his oldest son, and C is A's next son, and D is B's oldest son, then if B dies before A, D (A's grandson) becomes Heir Apparent to the Throne instantly. He will get the Ostrich Feathers badge instantly (because those belong to the Heir Apparent, NOT the Prince of Wales). He will never in his lifetime be Duke of Cornwall because he will never in his lifetime be a son of a Monarch. He will have expectations of being created Prince of Wales at some point in the near future, but he will not be Prince of Wales automatically by the death of his father B. He won't be Prince of Wales until A so creates him. The "investiture" is a ceremony, and can come at any later point, but one becomes Prince of Wales before the investiture. He becomes Prince of Wales at being created, not at being invested, and "created" is earlier.
These theories about lines of descent (stating that if B dies LEAVING A SON D the line of descent will move to B's brother C), typed into Internet posts by some people, are insane. They are exercises in lunacy by people who are deliberately and maliciously ignoring both logic and facts for the purpose of sounding like they know something, and they should spend their lives in dark prisons for their hubris. The historical FACTS are this (print them out, read them, and stuff them down your gullet, and defecate them, and read them again. "Defecate" is a word I use only because Wikipedia will admonish me for incivility otherwise): King George II's son Frederick (Prince of Wales, Duke of Cornwall, Duke of Edinburgh) died. He had been made Duke of Edinburgh while his grandfather George I was king, even though it was hoped he'd later also be Duke of Cornwall. The present-day Duke of Cambridge will also, barring unfortunate events, be Duke of both Cornwall (maybe not, if the Prince of Wales dies before Queen Elizabeth II, which is certainly possible given male and female statistic), but the Queen desired her grandson William to be a Duke RIGHT NOW so she created him Duke of Cambridge, and he could eventually be Duke of two Dukedoms.) Frederick had both a younger brother and a son (two younger brothers, actually, but one died as a baby). The son, George, became Heir Apparent (and holder of the Ostrich Feathers) instantly upon Frederick's death. George II's grandson George also became Duke of Edinburgh instantly on Frederick's death. He did not become Prince of Wales immediately, but he was created Prince of Wales in less than six weeks. He never became Duke of Cornwall because he was never both Heir Apparent and the son of the current Monarch. And in time this grandson of George II became King George III. Now, those are just the facts, the plain facts. If the Succession works as the Loons say it would work, why didn't the surviving brother of Frederick Prince of Wales, when Frederick died, become the next Prince of Wales and Duke of Cornwall and eventually the next King? The assertion that a brother replaces an older brother who dies WITH an Heir is therefore not just a plausible conjecture that, as it happens, turns out to be wrong, and a harmless mistake. Since it is contradicted by known historical facts, it is a knowing and intentional lie. Wikipedia will admonish me if I wrongly accuse its proponents of malicious intent. Therefore I will not wrongly accuse them of malicious intent. I will and I do ACCURATELY accuse them of malicious intent.
But even absent the GLARING and FACTUAL counter-example of Frederick Prince of Wales dying before both his father and his son, LOGIC alone, without a historical example, should suffice to contract the theory. If the Succession worked as stated it would cause HORRENDOUS problems. Suppose King A and Heir Apparent son B go into battle together. Heir Apparent B has a younger brother C and a son D who are hundreds of miles away at no risk. The Succession as hypothesized by the malicious loons is that if King A dies, then B becomes King and D becomes Heir Apparent. But if B dies whilst King A lives then C, they say, becomes Heir Apparent. Suppose in the battle King A is killed. This makes B King. But then, a few minutes later, B is killed. That makes D King. But alternatively, suppose B is killed first. In the Malicious Loons' theory, that makes C, then the oldest SURVING son of King A, Heir Apparent even though B had a son (D) of his own. Then a few minutes later King A is killed. C becomes King. So in one scenario, after the battle, C is king, and in another one, D is king. What this means is that in the Middle Ages, where there's no battlefield radio, no instant communication, then after the battle, to figure out who the new King is, they have to figure out who got killed first: was it King A, or was it Heir Apparent B? This is because in the Loon's theory, it makes a difference who died first. The King and the Heir Apparent might have been killed separated by a hill with no line of sight. Buglers might instantly play a call for the death of the King or the Heir Apparent, in which case those who hear both buglers will know who died first (IF in the panic of battle and death their traumatized memories remain accurate). But there's TONS of problems with THAT resolution. What if the buglers are under attack and put down their bugles to pick up swords and fight frantically for their lives in IMMINENT and panicked fear of death, and many minutes pass between the deaths of their Royal and their ability to bugle it? You say "But they will be trained to serve, not fight" in which case, yeah, they DON'T pick up their swords, and get killed even before the Royals whose deaths they are there to bugle. So the buglers are dead. You can't rely on bugle-calls to solve the problem.
Also, King A and the Heir Apparent might be fighting in two DIFFERENT battles 100s of miles apart. If they're both killed mid-morning, nobody, in an age before portable time-pieces, can reliably say who died first. Nobody in the midst of slaughter is going to say "Oh, I say, the King has been dead. Do let us set up the theodolite and document the sun that we might know what time he expired, since his son 100s of miles away might also die today." Consider the modern age. Because of poorly written wills, litigation has hinged on which of two persons killed in a violent car-crash died first. A jury ruled that one of them died 1/10th of a second earlier. Since that meant she had predeceased the other party, the estate went down another line. Only an IDIOT would write their will that way, but it was done and a jury was forced to make this ludicrous determination. This is not hypothetical. It happened in real life. But the people who ran England were never as stupid as the person who wrote that will. They knew better.
Contrary to Loon theory, the Succession has been designed in such a way that it won't matter who dies first. Now, the issue of whether the Heir Apparent B was ever King for a few moments WILL spin on the question of who died first. I think that for the purposes of history-books they will just leave him out even if his father did pre-decease him. It's likely he won't get a Roman Numeral after his name. But Wikipedia may be sophisticated enough to give him a CONJECTURED spot in the list of Kings, with the footnote "subject to the unproven and unprovable assumption that his father died first".
And in today's age we can't GUARANTEE that the death of someone in the Succession will be instantly smart-phoned to the world. It's LIKELY but it isn't CERTAIN. The Succession is designed in light of experience of calls to close to make. I don't know what the rules are for Royals traveling on the same plane. Presumably they don't, to avoid a crash that kills more than one. But there could be a national emergency in which it is desired to evacuate the Royals. If the situation is bad enough, perhaps all that is left in a life-or-death situation is only ONE helicopter, vehicle, or plane. They all board. If terrorists then wipe out that one transport, the Malicious Loons' theory of Succession would require forensic scientists to decide who died first. If both the Prince of Wales and the Queen are killed, then, under Loon theory, if the Prince of Wales died first Prince Andrew Duke of York becomes King Andrew. But if the Queen is killed first, then Prince Charles became King even if it was only for a few micro-seconds before he himself died, and then Charles's son William Duke of Cambridge would become King. Anyone who seriously considers the problems faced by forensic scientists in determining who died first must know that any sane Kingdom would design the Succession otherwise, to avoid such problems. SINCE THE LOONS CAN FORESEE THE HYPOTHETICAL DIFFICULTIES CAUSED BY THESE HYPOTHETICAL SCENARIOS, it is impossible for them not to be aware that the hogwash they are spewing IS hogwash. It is not possible for them to have a SINCERE belief that if an Heir Apparent with a son and a brother dies, then the Heir Apparent's brother replaces him. Nobody who has ever put forth this Loon theory of the Succession has ever even discussed the "who-died-first" problem it creates. Why don't they discuss that? Because any discussion of the "who-died-first" problem, even bringing it into view, will show what a lunatic idea that theory of the Succession is. To avoid having the theory which they know is false revealed as such instantly, they avoid discussing the "who-died-first" problem it creates at all. The skillful omission of the "who-died-first" scenarios from their advocacy of this lunatic theory, as a rhetorical strategy to prevent shining a light that exposes how lunatic this theory is, is as good a proof of intentional malice as any. (talk) 07:03, 24 April 2019 (UTC)Christopher L. Simpson[reply]

Celtic Frontier or County Boundary?[edit]

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Bretagne 44 14:44, 24 September 2005 (UTC)[reply]

What stops a grandson taking the title?[edit]

From recollection, Christopher Hibbert's biography of George III states that the young prince was not created Duke of Cornwall as George II preferred to keep the Duchy's income, as though it may have been possible to grant the title. Similarly the future Richard II was Duke of Cornwall despite being a grandson of the monarch. Is there anything fixed other than convention that stops the title being specially conferred on the heir apparent in such circumstances? And if not, could changes be made were, say, Prince Charles to predecease the Queen? Timrollpickering 09:32, 27 March 2006 (UTC)[reply]

More Succession[edit]

I'm not sure this article is correct in places. The Creation of 1337 and modifications of 1421 were often not observed in practice. It's all dependant on how you interpret the wording - the 1421 changes remove the heirs of the grantee clause of 1337 - because otherwise Henry V would not have met the terms of the grant. Another example being the Jacobite split in after the Glorious Revolution. William and his heirs fall outside the grant where the jacobites do not - though they can't claim the title for other reasons. I'm struggling atm to find the original acts in full as this article really needs them so we can be clear both what they said and the extent to which they were observed.

The terms of Act of Parliament 1337 are "eidem duci et ipsius et heredum suorum regnum Anglie filiis primogenitis et dicti loci ducibus in regno Anglie hereditarie successuris" which is heirs (no mention of legitimacy at all - not heirs male of the body lawfully begotten which is the usual remainder) firstborn of the kings of England. These terms were ignored by or regranted differently both before the 1421 changes and afterwards. The 1471 patent is to "habend. et tenend. eidem Duci et ipsius et heredum suorum Regum Anglie fil. porimogenitusu et dicti loci Ducibus" which is almost back to 1337 from the intermediate changes.

I'm by no means clear on this but this article is even less so at the moment and needs the help of someone who can work thorugh the charters and regrants to establish whats happening Alci12 17:46, 3 June 2006 (UTC)[reply]

Loyal Toast[edit]

Is The Loyal Toast used in Cornwall? And what form does it take? "The Duke of Cornwall"? "The Queen"? Both or either? Just something I'm wondering // DBD 23:22, 28 September 2006 (UTC)[reply]

Changes in succession[edit]

The Commonwealth realms have/are-in-the-process-of adopting full primogeniture, eliminating the male preference primogeniture previously used. What does this do to the titles like Duke of Cornwall? If Prince William's first child is a girl and some subsequent child is a boy, the girl is heiress apparent. Would she also become Duchess of Cornwall or would it still go to her younger brother, the spare? TheUnknown285 (talk) 04:13, 13 December 2011 (UTC)[reply]

We really won't know until either the laws are formally passed or William (or whoever) has a first-born daughter. Hot Stop talk-contribs 04:23, 13 December 2011 (UTC)[reply]

Dukes of Cornwall, 1337 creation[edit]

I was amazed reading the article to discover that at least the last 5 Dukes have simultaneously held the title of Duke of Rothesay from1469 - 1540 , and I thought Charles was only born in 1948. I would do something about it myself but knowing nest to nothing about the subject I would probably make a hash of it. --wintonian talk 00:05, 31 January 2013 (UTC)[reply]

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Not "subsidiary of Principality of Wales"[edit]

The infobox had a subtitle saying "subsidiary of Principality of Wales," which I deleted because it's clearly wrong. The two titles are indeed held by the same person, but the titles are entirely distinct, and were created separately. It implied a connection that doesn't exist. Richard75 (talk) 22:06, 12 October 2018 (UTC)[reply]


Who receives the income from the Duchy when there is no current Duke of Cornwall? Valetude (talk) 17:40, 29 June 2020 (UTC)[reply]


As of the date of this comment, the article contained this text: QUOTE: On 21 June 1968 a royal warrant augmented the aforementioned arms with the heir-apparent's coronet, which consists of four crosses patée and four fleurs-de-lises with one arch (used only by the Prince of Wales).UNQUOTE. Make up your mind. Is this coronet the coronet of the Heir Apparent? OR, is it the coronet of the Prince of Wales? MY belief is that this is the coronet of the Heir Apparent. To make it as specific as possible, the language "used only by the Prince Of Wales" is incorrect. William will use this coronet (AND will be Duke of Cornwall, AND will have the Ostrich-Feathers) the very instant Elizabeth II dies, BEFORE his father gets around to making him Prince of Wales. So, it's just wrong.2603:7000:9906:A91C:1C64:8308:33BC:E2D6 (talk) 01:14, 15 May 2021 (UTC)Christopher L. Simpson[reply]

Succession to the title[edit]

In private correspondance with the Duchy of Cornwall, a representative said that the charter of 1337 is the governing document regarding succession, and not the 1421 as was previously stated in the article. They also referred me to the Prince's Case which established that the charter's rule on succession must be followed. — Preceding unsigned comment added by MaximusWikipedian (talkcontribs) 21:12, 22 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Succession to title[edit]

This article seems to assume that the title Duke of Cornwall automatically passed from Charles to William at the moment of the Queen's death. Can someone explain how this can be so? A Dukedom is a hereditary title. Charles has held it since he became Prince of Wales, when the Queen gave it to him, but he is still alive, so surely he retains the title unless and until he gives it to William. Is there a special rule relating to this title? If so, what is it? Constant Pedant (talk) 07:37, 9 September 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Yes, it did pass to him at the moment of the Queen's death. The Duchy of Cornwall is a strange creation, it has quasi-sovereignty over the entire territory of Cornwall, all of the powers the Crown normally has are possessed by the Duchy in Cornwall. For that reason the Duchy continues to exist, even when there is no Duke, and due to the nature of its creation in 1337 it automatically passes to the heir apparent, who must also be the eldest son of the monarch. Bodrugan (talk) 08:29, 10 September 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Seat(s) and Residence[edit]

When the (former) Cambridges moved to Kensington Palace, it was announced that it will remain their official London home until William becomes monarch. And should the 'residence' be changed to Adelaide Cottage? It is now their primary residence. Hanna.paml (talk) 02:46, 10 September 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Edward of Westminster, Prince of Wales - dates as Duke[edit]

There are possible issues regarding his dates as Duke 1) As it noted at Edward of Westminster, Prince of Wales in the succession box between 31 October – 30 December 1460 Richard of York, 3rd Duke of York also claimed the title (and arguably had the superior legal claim for part of the period) so at best in this period his claim was a disputed one 2) From 1461-1470 during the first reign of Edward IV of England it is doubtful whether his claim to be Duke would have been recognised in England 3) The Prince of Wales article noted he lost that title (and it follows the Dukedom of Cornwell) on 11 April 1471 when Edward IV was legally restored. Yet here we say he lost the title on his death which did not come until 4 May 1471. Dunarc (talk) 23:53, 12 March 2023 (UTC)[reply]

Edward III[edit]

I changed the reference to losing the Duchy of Normandy to one to claiming the Kingdom of France as the source describes him as "losing the ducal in the royal dignity" rather than disclaiming the title. It doesn't explain why he chose to make someone a duke then, but I don't know whether or not he still claimed to be Duke of Normandy, and I don't know how reliable Blackstone is regarding mediaeval history.

The Edward III of England article says he styled himself as King of France then, but only assumed the title in 1340. I don't know how this affects things. Aoeuidhtns (talk) 16:00, 14 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

4th reation = 4th creation[edit]

Template:HELP When "4th reation" search is done this article comes up but when you search within the article it does not come up. It should read "4th Creation".```` 2603:8000:D300:3650:69A4:B3B5:F411:3412 (talk) 06:37, 1 July 2024 (UTC)[reply]