Are You More of a Duchess, a Princess, or a Queen?

Zoe Samuel

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About This Quiz

Being a duchess is not the same as being a princess is not the same as being a queen. For a start, a duchess is not necessarily royalty; she may be the mother or wife of a duke, such as Duke of Northumberland. This is a very old and venerable title, but it's not in line for the throne and (despite a lot of wars where they tried to change this) it never has been. Even a royal duchess is most likely not in line for the throne (Cambridge notwithstanding). These titles are "courtesy titles" that are granted to senior royals to give them a rank that distinguishes them from the heirs. That means all duchesses are expected to run substantial estates - which these days, have to pay for themselves, meaning it's mostly like being the CEO of a midsize business. They must engage in philanthropy, giving back from their incredible good fortune.

Princesses used to be in training to simply marry well, but these days they are also philanthropists and potential heirs. They have to learn statecraft, as well as how to run a charity and host events. Then there are queens, who have to hold onto national secrets and comfort, lead and represent the people in times of strife. It's a delicate balancing act that is above politics and beyond partisanship.

Which of these sounds most like you? Let's find out!

Do you have a degree?

Do you have the option of opting out of ever actually achieving anything?

Do you have a security clearance?

Do you anticipate having great power?

Would you ever abuse your power?

How did you get your title?

How modern are you?

Do you stay out of politics?

How many stately homes and castles do you have?

What do you wear to work?

What do you wear to relax?

How many languages do you speak?

Are you ready to rule if called upon?

Do you know the Constitution (written or unwritten) of your nation very well?

How far down the line of succession are you?

Do you own a horse and carriage?

How do you travel?

Do you know how to comfort an anxious crowd?

Are you a good public speaker?

How famous are you?

What is your preferred ride?

How often you have to explain your job to people?

How surprised are people that you know anything about... well, anything?

If you shirked your responsibilities, who would be hurt first?

Can you ever just switch off?

Do you like your job?

How many people do you feel responsible for?

Do people you don't know somehow know a lot about your relationship?

Do you expect to be in the history books?

Are you afraid of screwing up?

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