Introducing The Duke and Duchess of Sussex

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Introducing the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex!
It was announced today that The Queen has granted Prince Harry the titles of Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel.
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Some Background on the titles:
DUKEDOM: Sussex

The Dukedom of Sussex, in the Peerage of the United Kingdom, has been granted once before in the British Royal Family. In November 24, 1801, it was conferred upon Prince Augustus Frederick (born 1773), the sixth son of King George III and Queen Charlotte. In 1793, he married Lady Augusta Murray, daughter of the Earl of Dunmore, secretly in Rome. They had a second marriage in London later that year. The marriage was not approved by the King, and therefore violated the Royal Marriages Act 1772. The Court of Arches annulled the marriage, but Augustus continued to live with Lady Augusta and they had two children, before separating in 1801. Augustus married again, in 1831, to Lady Cecilia Buggin, daughter of the Earl of Arran. Again not having the King’s consent, this marriage was also considered void under the Royal Marriages Act. Unable to take her husband’s title, Lady Cecilia took her mother’s maiden name as a surname, becoming Lady Cecilia Underwood. In 1840, Queen Victoria created Cecilia Duchess of Inverness in her own right, thus allowing her to be present at court. The couple lived at Kensington Palace in Apartment 1 (which was later divided into Apt 1 and Apt 1A, and one or two other smaller apartments). The Duke died in 1843, and the Duchess in 1873. Both are buried in the Kensal Green Cemetery in London.

EARLDOM: Dumbarton

The Earldom of Dumbarton, in the Peerage of Scotland, was first created in 1675 for Lord George Douglas. The title became extinct in 1749 following the death of the 2nd Earl.

BARONY: Kilkeel

Kilkeel is a small town and civil parish in County Down, Northern Ireland, located in the Mourne Mountains

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