In case you were wondering, understanding the British system of peerage is pretty much impossible. The King/Queen stands at the top, given the power to grant all other titles. A prince or a princess is the child of the King/Queen, a title that one can only be born with, except that a woman adopts her husband’s title when they are married. Thus, it is improper to call Kate Middleton “Princess Kate” because she wasn’t born with it. However, it is correct to refer to her as Princess William of Wales, because she has now adopted her husband, William’s, title.
Following so far? You’re not the only one who may be confused. In the dust-up that has followed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s renunciation of their royal titles, they will continue to retain their status as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, but will no longer be called their “royal highness.”
Titles like earl, countess, viscount, viscountess, baron, and baroness all matter to the characters of Downton Abbey, but most of the rest of the world just scratches their head. However, titles can be important, and this week we will discover that your title as a follower of Christ may be more significant than you realize (Exodus 19:3-6). Join us this Sunday to find out more about what it means to be a royal priesthood and a holy nation.