Princess Charlotte will inherit a grand royal title only seven others have had

Princess Charlotte and Princess Anne, the current Princess Royal
The royal title is specific to the eldest daughters of monarchs (Picture: PA/Getty)

Princess Charlotte is set to inherit a rare royal title when her dad the Duke of Cambridge eventually takes the throne.

The six-year-old, officially known as Prince Charlotte of Cambridge, is also styled Her Royal Highness thanks to Prince William but the upcoming title is even more grand than that.

‘Princess Royal’ is an appellation traditionally bestowed on the eldest daughter of a monarch, and mirrors that of the French royal ‘Madame Royale’ which was introduced in 1642.

Unlike other royal titles, Princess Royal is not automatically inherited but instead is given to a new monarch to bestow upon their eldest daughter.

But Charlotte will have to wait patiently for her day, as the title is held for life and so there can only be one Princess Royal at a time.

There have been seven Princess Royal throughout the history of the British monarchy, the first of whom was Princess Mary – the eldest daughter of King Charles 1 and Queen Henrietta Maria.

The current being the Queen’s only daughter Princess Anne who was given the title in 1987.

If she does not outlive her brother Prince Charles, heir to the throne, the title may lay dormant while he is king as he does not have any daughters.

Princess Charlotte
Princess Charlotte will have to wait for the royal title (Picture: PA/Getty)
Princess Anne, the current Princess Royal
There have only been seven other Princess Royals in the British monarchy (Picture: Indigo/Getty)

However, once Prince William assumes the throne Charlotte will become eligible.

In the meantime, she will continue to go by HRH Princess Charlotte – or Charlotte Cambridge while she’s at school.

The surname derives from her dad’s title the Duke of Cambridge, from which royal children have historically taken their second names.

Prince William and his brother Prince Harry adopted the surname Wales in school and in the military, in a nod to their dad’s title the Prince of Wales.

But the surname Mountbatten-Windsor – as given to Prince Harry’s children Archie and Lilibet – is the official surname of the Queen’s descendents should they wish to use it.

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