HRH is an abbreviation for the predicate title His / Her Royal Highness (English for His / Her Royal Highness ), which is used as a salutation (then Your Royal Highness ) for some members of the British royal family .
George V decreed on December 11, 1917 that the title of Prince / Princess with the addition of Royal Highness belongs only to the children of the monarch, the children of the sons and the eldest living son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales . All other persons lost the title, except for those titles that had already been granted unless they were revoked. This regulation restricted the use of the salutation highness, which was first stipulated by Queen Victoria at that time, and has been used since then. The regulation was changed on December 31, 2012 by Elizabeth II so that in future all children of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales may use the title Prince / Princess with the addition of Royal Highness .
Although the addition HRH is generally reserved for a prince or princess, it is not necessarily linked to this status. So in 1947 Prince Philip was given the addition of HRH, but it was not until 1957 that he became a British (previously a Danish and Greek prince) prince. In this case the duke's title would even be placed above the prince. Another example of this procedure is Prince Arthur , who would also have been given the addition of HRH.
Queen Elizabeth II decreed on August 21, 1996 that spouses of members of the royal family would lose the title of title in the event of a divorce, the same applies to widowed members of the royal family by marriage if they remarry. This decision was based on Princess Diana's divorce from HRH Prince Charles and was also applied to Sarah Ferguson .
In January 2020, Elizabeth II announced that Prince Harry , second-born son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, and his wife Meghan would no longer use their HRH title and would appear in public as Duke and Duchess of Sussex in the future . This was after the couple moved into a second home in Canada , which they had initially taken over for vacation reasons , and surprisingly terminated their involvement in the royal family in a message to the media. In contradiction to the royal order, the Sussex Royal brand, which the two had already registered through third parties in June 2019 , appears to be under which souvenir items and charity activities are still offered for sale with reference to their HRH title and the now rejected representation obligations.
Equivalent in other countries
The German feminine form is IKH / Her Royal Highness and the male form SKH / His Royal Highness, the plural is II.KK.HH. / Your Royal Highnesses.
The Luxembourg equivalent is Séng kinneklech Altesse , abbreviated as SKA, Here kinneklech Altesse , abbreviated HKA in the feminine form. In the plural, the salutation is here kinneklech Altessen , abbreviated as HH.KK.AA. This form of address is still common today for members of the Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg .
The French name is Son Altesse royale , abbreviated SAR in the plural Leurs Altesses royales abbreviated as LL. AA. RR.
- London Gazette . No. 30428, HMSO, London, December 14, 1917, p. 13086 ( PDF , accessed May 8, 2019, English).
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- London Gazette . No. 54510, HMSO, London, August 30, 1996, p. 1 ( PDF , accessed October 21, 2013, English).
- Caroline Davies: Royal couple sought a half-in half-out deal, but are 'out' . In: The Observer . January 18, 2020, ISSN 0029-7712 ( theguardian.com [accessed January 23, 2020]).
- Caroline Davies: Prince Harry and Meghan could face costly fight for Sussex Royal brand . In: The Guardian . January 20, 2020, ISSN 0261-3077 ( theguardian.com [accessed January 23, 2020]).