Is it “Doctor Princess” or “Princess Doctor”?

Thanks to the enjoyable Bragg Lecture by Sir Paul Nurse (Nobel laureate and president of the Royal Society) at the Physics of Living Matter conference here in Cambridge, I now know a bit more about how to order British titles. The correct order is “Professor Sir Paul Nurse”, much like “Vice Admiral Lord Nelson“.

This got me to thinking about how we would sort it out if one the British royalty dedicated themselves to the pursuit of knowledge. Would it be “Doctor Her Royal Highness Princess Whatsherface”? Would it be acceptable to shorten it to “Her Royal Doctorness”?

With the dedication of Prince Charles to more mystical medical remedies, I’m not sure they’ll need to worry about this issue any time soon.

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