prince consort

plural princes consort

Definition of prince consort

: the husband of a reigning queen

Examples of prince consort in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In British royalty, the wife of a king is called a queen consort, but the husband of a queen is called a prince consort, not a king consort. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Prince Philip's Title Wasn't King," 9 Apr. 2021 Queen Victoria created the title of prince consort for her husband Prince Albert, though Philip, the only male consort since Albert, was officially known as Prince of the United Kingdom instead. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Why Wasn't Prince Philip a King?," 9 Apr. 2021 August is the Christian name of Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s husband, whereas Philip is a nod to the current prince consort. Vogue, "A Running List of Royal Baby Names—And Their Meanings," 23 Feb. 2021 Philip is Prince Philip in the same way that Queen Victoria's husband, Prince Albert, who was German, was prince consort. Morgan Evans, Redbook, "9 Things You Didn't Know About Marrying a British Royal," 11 Apr. 2017 Men married to the British monarch are known as prince consorts, not king consorts. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "The Moment Philip Became a British Prince—And Why He Isn't the King," 4 Oct. 2017

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1703, in the meaning defined above

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15 Apr 2021

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“Prince consort.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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