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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Hereditary Titles of the Dutch Commonwealth

The United Provinces: The United Provinces have several titles, including that of King, Grand Duke, Duke, Count and Lord. These titles date back before the unification of the Provinces. In fact, these titles predate the title of King of the United Provinces of the Netherlands, which was created only about four hundred years ago. The most recent title would be that of Grand Prince of Norway, which is given to the heir-designate of the Kingdom. Peerage the U.P. are more than just a title. Each of the four dukes, seven counts, one regent, and three dozen lords all hold seats in the Senaat as well as are responsible for the governing of their duckies, counties, etc.

The Brazilian Empire: Along with the title of Emperor, Brazil also has the Duke of Mariarbo, Counts of Natal and Recife, along with forty marquis, which are left over from colonial marches. Just as with the U.P. these peers hold seats in the Brazilian Senaat, however they do not rule any province.

The Kingdom of Ceylon and Indian Empire: The newest titles are those of former colonial marches as well as the Count of Colombo; these are held by Ceylonese and Indians of direct European descent. On Ceylon, there is still the title of the King of Kandy, which is little more than a title. On the subcontinental mainland, dozens of Princely States exist within the Indian Empire, each ruled by a hereditary Prince who is subordinate to the Empress. These Princes hold a great deal of power within their own states, as well as their own seats in India’s very large Staaten-General.

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