A duke (male) or duchess (female) can either be a monarch ruling over a duchy or a member of the nobility, historically of highest rank below the monarch. The title comes from French duc, itself from the Latin dux, 'leader', a term used in republican Rome to refer to a military commander without an official rank (particularly one of Germanic or Celtic origin), and later coming to mean the leading military commander of a province.
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... Albert II, Duke of Austria 17 ... Albert III, Duke of Austria 18 ... Albert IV, Duke of Austria 20 ...
... John Children Oscar I Oscar I Children Charles XV Gustaf, Duke of Upland Oscar II Princess Eugenie August, Duke of Dalarna Charles XV Children Lovisa, Queen of Denmark Carl Oscar, Duke of S ...
... still found in the official title of the hereditary dukes Mangkunegara of Surakarta and Paku Alam of Yogyakarta i ...
... Nicholas II, Duke of Lorraine 8 ... Charles V, Duke of Lorraine 17 ... Leopold, Duke of Lorraine 18 ...
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- (noun): A British peer of the highest rank.
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“The thing that impresses me most about America is the way parents obey their children.”
—Edward, Duke of Windsor (18941972)
“When the Prince of Wales [later King George IV] and the Duke of York went to visit their brother Prince William [later William IV] at Plymouth, and all three being very loose in their manners, and coarse in their language, Prince William said to his ships crew, now I hope you see that I am not the greatest blackguard of my family.”
—Horace Walpole (17171797)
“For the man who should loose me is dead,
Fighting with the Duke in Flanders,
In a pattern called a war.
Christ! What are patterns for?”
—Amy Lowell (18741925)