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

By: Zoe Samuel
Estimated Completion Time
4 min
Are You More of a Duchess, a Princess, or a Queen?
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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!

How many people do you feel responsible for?
Thousands.
Right now, only a few.
Millions.
Dozens. More than I can count.

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How many stately homes and castles do you have?
There's the big one and then some smaller ones; none more than ten bedrooms.
Does that include the one my parents have?
Technically, all of them.
Just the one.

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What do you wear to work?
Country-friendly clothes. Wellies. Jeans. I have to be able to walk around outside.
Bleeding edge fashion. I'm a slave to it, what can I say? No heels though. I prefer wedges.
Well tailored, comfortable clothes, with flats. I need to impress no one.
I have my power suit, and shoes that say I answer to no one.

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Do you have a security clearance?
No
Yes, but only recently.
I have all the security clearances.
It's low level.

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Do you like your job?
Yes. It's very fulfilling.
Not really. It doesn't have real power, but it has all the downsides of power.
I suppose I do.
It's good most of the time.

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Do you have a degree?
I have more degrees than a compass.
Not yet.
Naturally.
Two, actually.

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Do you anticipate having great power?
There's a ceiling on what I'm imagining.
Yes
I don't need to imagine it, dear.
If I play my cards right, yes.

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What is your preferred ride?
I'm driving a Tesla.
My Jag
A Range Rover Defender
I have an Audi SUV.

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Do people you don't know somehow know a lot about your relationship?
Only some of the time
All the time
Often
Occasionally

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Do you own a horse and carriage?
Yes, but I prefer to ride in a saddle.
I own a few horses.
I have a fleet of them.
Just my second-hand Range Rover.

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Would you ever abuse your power?
Only in small ways.
Gosh, I've considered it!
Someone in my position cannot be seen to do something like that, dear.
It'd be a big temptation.

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How modern are you?
Somewhat
Mostly
Not at all
Very

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Do you know the Constitution (written or unwritten) of your nation very well?
The important bullet points, yeah.
Yeah, it's full of boring stuff, but I know it all.
Well, it has my ancestor's signature on it.
I know the important parts and the bits of historical interest.

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Do you know how to comfort an anxious crowd?
I need to know the crowd to do that.
I'm working on it.
Yes. It's more art than science.
I can, if I can solve the problem.

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Do you stay out of politics?
Not on your life.
I don't really know about politics.
I have to.
I quietly voice support for my pet causes.

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If you shirked your responsibilities, who would be hurt first?
The hundreds of people who depend on me for their livelihoods
My family
My nation
My children

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Do you have the option of opting out of ever actually achieving anything?
What sort of person would I be if I did that?
Yes, but that seems a bit... insufficient.
Some would say that's what I do, but those close to me know better. Appearances, dear.
Of course, but why would I want that?

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How surprised are people that you know anything about... well, anything?
Only foreigners are.
Any time I've checked.
No one is ever surprised about my grasp of things.
About half the time.

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Are you afraid of screwing up?
Of course.
Yeah, very much.
I can't even entertain the thought.
No more than anyone else.

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How many languages do you speak?
7
2
5
4

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Are you ready to rule if called upon?
It would take considerable adjustment.
Not yet!
Of course.
I'd give it my best.

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What do you wear to relax?
Riding clothes, usually
Carolina Herrera
Relax? What's that?
Jeans and a t-shirt, but well made, designer ones.

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How often you have to explain your job to people?
Almost never
Any time I sit down with a reporter.
I have to explain nothing, to no one.
Frequently

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How did you get your title?
I married it.
I don't have it yet, but it's my birthright.
I inherited it.
I earned it.

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How do you travel?
Private jet
First class
My nation's Air Force transports me.
I'm usually on a friend's private jet.

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Do you expect to be in the history books?
I'll be a footnote, I hope.
I do, but I hope there won't be too much detail.
Of course. I'm already in there.
That's up to the fates. It may happen.

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How far down the line of succession are you?
It would take one very large, poisoned state dinner to put me in charge.
Just a couple rungs.
I'm at the top.
I don't know exactly.

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Are you a good public speaker?
I'm okay.
I'm working on it.
I'm not a natural speaker, but I'm well practiced.
I'm a good public speaker.

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How famous are you?
Locally famous.
I'm in certain gossip rags.
I'm very famous.
I'm well known by my peers.

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Can you ever just switch off?
Yes, thank God.
Sure, it's just a little more complicated than with most people.
Rarely.
I take a few weeks a year to just get away.

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