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Should Michael Middleton Receive a Title? Teenage Snap of Kate and Pippa Middleton

Sunday, January 27, 2013


The Daily Mail published this picture of Kate and Pippa playing field hockey together at Marlborough College in Kate's last year there. Frankly, I think that Kate looks much the same, or at least easily recognizable, but I am always thrown by childhood--or early--photos of Pippa. Kate is a keen hockey player as we all know and as she has displayed many times.




The Daily Mail was full of fun today, with a speculative article that Michael Middleton might be granted a title?  I had never actually considered that possibility.  Although, I do not know the political climate, history and tradition certainly stand in his favor.  The article points out:
For the stark fact is that not for 1,000 years of British history has the grandfather of a future sovereign been without a title.
Not terribly surprising given that royals often marry ladies of nobility, but when that has not been the case, the grandfather has been dealt with:

William’s maternal grandfather was an earl (Spencer) — so, too, was the Queen’s (Strathmore). Even Anne Boleyn saw her father promoted from commoner to Earl of Wiltshire long before she gave birth to their daughter, the future Queen Elizabeth I.
The only other non-titled grandpa in the past millennium, the father of Edward IV’s wife Elizabeth, also had an earldom bestowed on him.
It is a fun read. I don't think Michael needs one, but I wouldn't object to it happening. For some reason I think the Queen will not, but we shall see. So, what do you think? Should Michael Middleton be granted a title? If he is granted one, I hope it isn't the Earl of Bucklebury. Ugh, no.

12 comments:

  1. I personaly would love if he got a title. The middletons deserve it for raising such a lovely woman. And as future grandparents of the sovereign, too.

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  2. Yes, I want them to have a titles. To with hold it would be petty.

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  3. I don't think it actually matters. I mean, today with celebrity the way it is they already have the star status. Love them, though.

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  4. I am going with yes. But, I am american.

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  5. I think he should be given a title. And so should momma Middleton. They are the future grandparents of the heir to the throne.

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  6. I don't know. Seems like the Queen and RF are pulling back on this stuff. It would seem weird to me.

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  7. Not if the title is Bucklebury!

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  8. Personally, I don't think it is necessary or appropriate to give the Middletons a title. I would hope in the 21st century we would be cutting back on that sort of snobbery. I think we should be celebrating their wonderful normality not dressing them up with a meaningless title. Annie, UK

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    1. It does seem that their trademark is "normal" which I do agree is healthy and good. It would be weird if they were not the Middletons anymore. I bet the wouldn't want to be known by something other than Middleton... Still, I think the strength of the Monarchy often rests with the pomp and circumstance of the past.

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  9. Great post (and commentary!)

    I'm not sure about giving him the title. On one hand, I'd like to say that we're past it and it's just ridiculous to think that this would in any way, shape or form change the love and affection this child is surely going to receive from his grandparents Middleton.
    On the other hand, if it would make it easier for a legal or other perspective to give them an honorary title, why not?

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    1. Thank you! And thanks for stopping by and commenting. It just occurred to me when answering Annie that Michael Middleton may very well prefer to keep his name. If you suddenly were known by a new title rather than the name your father had and the name you have had your whole life...it could be odd.

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  10. Unfortunately the title would also extend to the other 2 Middleton kids, making Pippa "Lady Philippa." Pippa already considers herself royalty anyway. This would just confirm it for her.

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