Ryal Highness (abbreviated HRH for His Ryal Highness or Her Ryal Highness) is a style uised tae address or refer tae some members o ryal families, usually princes or princesses. Monarchs and their consorts are usually styled Majesty. When uised as a direct form of address, spoken or written, it takes the form "Your Ryal Highness". When used as a third-person reference, it is gender-specific (His Ryal Highness or Her Ryal Highness, both abbreviated HRH) an, in plural, Their Ryal Highnesses (TRH).
Early origins[eedit | eedit soorce]
By the 17th century, all local rulers in Italy adopted the style Highness, that was once used bi kings an emperors anly. According tae Denis Diderot's Encyclopédie, the style o Ryal Highness was created on the insistence o Archduke Ferdinand o Austrick, Cardinal-Infante o Spain, a younger son o King Philip III o Spain. The Airchduke wis travelling through Italy on his way tae the Low Countries an, upon meeting Victor Amadeus I, Duke o Savoy, refused tae address him as Highness unless the Duke addressed him as Ryal Highness. Thus, the first use o the style Ryal Highness wis recorded in 1633. Gaston, Duke o Orléans, younger son o King Henry IV o Fraunce, encountered the style in Brussels an assumed it himsel. His children later uised the style, considering it their prerogative as a grandson or dochter o Fraunce.
Examples[eedit | eedit soorce]
- His Ryal Highness The Duke o Lorraine.
- Her Ryal Highness Maria Antonia Princess Imperial an Airchduchess o Austrick, Prince Ryal o Hungary an Bohemie, Princess o Tuscany.
- His Ryal Highness The Infante Don Felipe o Spain.
- Her Ryal Highness The Princess o Wales.
- His Ryal Highness The Duke o Cambridge
- His Ryal Highness The Grand Prince o Tuscany
References[eedit | eedit soorce]
- "Ryal Styles an the uses o "Highness"". heraldica.org.