Many British peers have more than one title. When this happens, the heir’s peer is usually allowed to use a lesser title of the peer as a courtesy title. For example, Prince Edward is the Earl of Wessex. One of his lesser titles is Viscount Severn, which is used by his son.
Current plans are for Edward to eventually be created Duke of Edinburgh after the title merges in crown. When this happens, will James (his son) be “promoted*” to Earl of Wessex?
- It’s not really a promotion, of course, because the title is not his and he not a peer.