Why was Prince Philip never made King?

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 04: Queen Elizabeth II sits with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as she delivers her speech during the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords at the Palace of Westminster on June 4, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Ray Collins – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Prince Philip was husband to a Queen, but he was never made king, why?

Well, it turns out, like many things in the British Royal Family, him not being bestowed the lofty title is rooted in tradition.

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There is a rule in the British Monarch which states that the title of king can only be given to one who inherits the throne. That means a ruling queen’s husband is referred to as a Prince Consort.

When you think about it, makes sense doesn’t it? The king, by default, is more powerful, and you do not want that power going to someone who is not a direct descendant of the royal bloodline.

Interestingly, it’s not the same for a woman who marries into the royal family. For example, Kate Middleton will assume the symbolic title Queen Consort when Prince William eventually ascends to the throne. Whenever that will be.