Prince

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A prince is member of the nobility. It is a title used to indicate varying levels of rank. Many presently take it to mean that a prince is a male member of the royal family. However, that was not always so. It was not originally exclusively used for males. Queen Elizabeth I was refered to as "a prince admirable above her sex" by William Camden, her historian.

Princes in the SCA

There are two types of princes in the SCA, Crown Princes and "Princes Regnant" (or "landed Princes" or "ruling Princes." See Crown Prince for more details about Crown Princes. The following addresses Princes regnant.

The prince is one of the couple currently ruling a principality. He may have achieved this position through victory in a Coronet tournament, or by being consort to the victor of a Coronet tournament (this is rare, but has happened several times in the SCA). Princes are permitted to display the principality arms and coronet, and are referred to as Your Highness or Your Royal Highness.

When a Prince steps down he becomes a Viscount, regardless of how many times he has ruled, unless he is already a Count or a Duke.

(SCA humor: Someone who has been Prince once is a Viscount, twice is a Biscuit and three times is a Triscuit)

The SCA recognises the following alternate titles in other languages as the equivalent to Prince:

Language Alternate Form
Albanian Princ / Bir Mbreti
Arabic Amir
Catalan Princep
Czech Knize / Princ
Danish Prins
Dutch Prins
Finnish Ruhtinas / Prinssi
French Prince
German Prinz
Greek Pringkepas
Hebrew Nasi
Hungarian Fejedelem
Icelandic Prinz
Irish Gaelic Prionsa / Flaith
Italian Principe
Latin Princeps
Middle Norwegian Prinz
Old English Ætheling
Polish Ksiaze
Portuguese Principe
Romanian Principe
Russian Tsarevich
Scots Gaelic Prionnsa/Flath
Spanish Principe
Swedish Prins
Turkish Prens / Emir
Welsh Tywysog / Teyrn / Edling / Gwrthrychiad

See Also:

Honorific