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Why Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi's New Baby Likely Won't Have a Title

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On September 20, 2021, Buckingham Palace announced that Princess Beatrice and husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi welcomed a baby girl. The newest royal was born on September 18, weighing in at 6 pounds and 2 ounces. Though the baby, whose name has not yet been announced, is a member of the House of Windsor, she was not born with a royal title.

In the UK, titles are passed down from the father's side of the family. Mozzi does not have an English title, so his children will not have one either. However, Mozzi is not fully a commoner—he is actually an Italian count.

On the British side, the situation most similar to Beatrice's daughter's is that of her sister, Princess Eugenie's son, August. Eugenie married a commoner, Jack Brooksbank, and their son was not given a royal title.

"Princess Eugenie's children will not have titles unless the Queen decides to bestow an earldom on Jack Brooksbank," Raising Royalty author and royal historian Carolyn Harris previously told Town & Country, ahead of Eugenie and Jack's royal wedding in October 2018. Neither Brooksbank nor Mozzi were given peerages on their wedding days, and therefore do not have English titles to pass down to their children.

Many royals higher in the line of succession have declined titles for their children. Princess Anne, the Queen's daughter, chose not to bestow titles on her children, after she married commoner, Captain Mark Phillips. Harris noted, "the couple declined a peerage of this kind that would have provided their children with titles."

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