mountbatten windsor


Who wants transparency when you can have magic? Who wants prose when you can have poetry? Pull away the veil and what are you left with? An ordinary young woman of modest ability and little imagination. But wrap her up like this, anoint her with oil, and hey, presto, what do you have? A goddess.

Smoke and Mirrors

FAQ Series: Royal Surnames

➞Short answer: Royals generally don’t have surnames (last names).
However, during times when they are required (for passports, identification badges, certain documents, etc.), there are informal “surnames” most royal families adopt for occasional use. These are commonly derived from House names, but not always.

Belgian Royal Family: van België, de Belgique or von Belgien (depending on the language) from the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

British Royal Family: Windsor* from the House of Windsor (formerly Saxe-Coburg and Gotha)
Mountbatten-Windsor alternatively used since 1960 to incorporate the adopted surname of Prince Philip
Titular surnames are also used very informally (Harry Wales, Catherine Cambridge, Sophie Wessex, etc.)

Danish Royal Family: Glücksburg from the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg 

Dutch Royal Family: van Oranje-Nassau van Amsberg from the House of Orange-Nassau

Greek Royal Family: de Grecia*
Technically from the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
Constantine II used the de Grecia “surname” to obtain a diplomatic passport in 2004; Queen Anne-Marie has also been known to use de Grecia when traveling

Jordanian Royal Family: bin/bint Hussein or bin/bint Abdullah from the Hashemite Royal House
“bin/bint” father’s name* (“bin” is used for males and “bint” for females) 
“Al-husband’s name” is for married women (Rania Al-Abdullah)

Luxembourg Grand Ducal Family: de Nassau from the House of Bourbon-Parma

Monegasque Princely Family: Grimaldi from the House of Grimaldi

Norwegian Royal Family: Glücksburg from the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg

Spanish Royal Family: Borbón from the House of Bourbon

Swedish Royal Family: Bernadotte from the House of Bernadotte

*Disclaimer: some issues mentioned here are far more complex than I was willing to delve into in this brief post. Efforts were made to condense and simplify a complicated topic. 

anonymous asked:

Does that mean if Prince Harry has children they won't have royal title, or I misunderstood? Sorry for this kind of question but I'm curious, but thank you for answering!

No problem. They will be called Lord/Lady x Mountbatten-Windsor unless the Queen chooses to issue a Letters Patent that all grandchildren of the Prince of Wales get a Prince/Princess title or all of Harry’s children specifically get the title. 

Their Royal Highnesses The Earl and Countess of Wessex with their children The Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor and James, Viscount Severn pose for a photograph at the Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, South Africa. Ref = My Small Obsessions