Duchess of Rothesay

Duchess of Rothesay is a Scottish courtesy title. It is held by the wife of the Duke of Rothesay since the first Duke in 1398. Due to the mortality rate and the fact that very few Dukes of Rothesay were of majority or married prior to ascending the throne (if that), there have in fact been only eight Duchesses of Rothesay. A separate Scottish throne has not existed de facto since 1603 when James VI of Scotland acceded to the throne of England when the House of Tudor died out, creating a personal union. The Act of Union of 1707 united de jure the separate kingdoms and thrones into the Kingdom of Great Britain. Ever since 1603 the title of the Duchess of Rothesay is held by the wife of the Prince of Wales, who was also the Duchess of Cornwall and almost always the Princess of Wales; the title of Duchess of Rothesay is for her use when in Scotland.

Duchess of Rothesay
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

since 9 April 2005[1]
StyleHer Royal Highness
ResidenceClarence House
Inaugural holderMarjory Douglas

Since under current succession law the title of Duke of Rothesay (like that of Duke of Cornwall) can only be held by an heir-apparent who is also the eldest son of the monarch, no woman has been Duchess of Rothesay in her own right thus far.

Duchesses of Rothesay

This is a list of Duchesses of Rothesay.

Person Name Birth Marriage Became Duchess of Rothesay Spouse Ceased to be Duchess of Rothesay Death
Marjory Douglas[lower-alpha 1] c. 1380 1400 David Stewart 26 March 1402
Husband's death;
became Dowager Duchess of Rothesay
Princess Caroline of Ansbach 1 March 1683 22 August 1705 1 August 1714 George Augustus 11 June 1727
Husband acceded to throne as George II;
became Queen Consort
20 November 1737
Princess Augusta of Saxe-Gotha 30 November 1719 17 April 1736 Frederick Louis 31 March 1751
Husband's death;
became Dowager Duchess of Rothesay
8 February 1772
Princess Caroline of Brunswick 17 May 1768 8 April 1795 George Augustus Frederick 29 January 1820
Husband acceded to throne as George IV;
became Queen Consort
7 August 1821
Princess Alexandra of Denmark 1 December 1844 10 March 1863 Albert Edward 22 January 1901
Husband acceded to throne as Edward VII;
became Queen Consort
20 November 1925
Princess Mary of Teck 26 May 1867 6 July 1893 9 November 1901 George Frederick Ernest Albert 6 May 1910
Husband acceded to throne as George V;
became Queen Consort
24 March 1953
Lady Diana Spencer 1 July 1961 29 July 1981 Charles Philip Arthur George 28 August 1996
assumed the style of Diana, Princess of Wales
31 August 1997
Camilla Parker Bowles 17 July 1947 9 April 2005[1] Incumbent



  1. "House of Commons – Royal Marriage". parliament.uk. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  2. The press secretary to the Queen. "DIVORCE: STATUS AND ROLE OF THE PRINCESS OF WALES". PR Newswire. Buckingham Palace. Retrieved July 9, 2015.
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