A prince is a male ruler or member of a monarch's or former monarch's family. Prince is also a title of nobility, often hereditary, in some European states. The feminine equivalent is a princess. The English word derives, via the French word prince, from the Latin noun princeps, from primus and capio, meaning "the chief, most distinguished, ruler, prince".
Historical backgroundThe Latin word prīnceps, became the usual title of the informal leader of the Roman senate some centuries before the transition to empire, the princeps senatus.
Emperor Augustus established the formal position of monarch on the basis of principate, not dominion. He also tasked his grandsons as summer rulers of the city when most of the government were on holiday in the country or attending religious rituals, and, for that task, granted them the title of princeps.
The title has generic and substantive meanings:
- generically, prince refers to a member of a family that ruled by hereditary right such as the House of Sverre in Norway or to the non-reigning descendants , the title referring either to sovereigns, former sovereigns descendants such as the :nb:Rosensverd|House of Rosensverd as descendants of king Haakon V or to cadets of a sovereign's family. The term may be broadly used of persons in various cultures, continents or eras. In Europe, it is the title legally borne by dynastic cadets in monarchies, and borne by courtesy by members of formerly reigning dynasties.
- as a substantive title, a prince was a monarch of the lowest rank in post-Napoleonic Europe, e.g. Princes of, respectively, Andorra, Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, Mingrelia, Monaco, Waldeck and Pyrmont, Wallachia, etc.
- also substantively, the title was granted by popes and secular monarchs to specific individuals and to the heads of some high-ranking European families who, however, never exercised dynastic sovereignty and whose cadets are not entitled to share the princely title, viz the Princes de Beauvau-Craon, von Bismarck, Colonna, von Dohna-Schlobitten, von Eulenburg, de Faucigny-Lucinge, von Lichnowsky, von Pless, Ruffo di Calabria, von Sagan, van Ursel, etc.
- generically, cadets of some non-sovereign families whose head bears the non-dynastic title of prince were sometimes also authorized to use the princely title, e.g. von Carolath-Beuthen, de Broglie, Demidoff di San Donato, Lieven, de Merode, Pignatelli, Radziwill, von Wrede, Yussopov, etc.
- substantively, the heirs apparent in some monarchies use a specific princely title associated with a territory within the monarch's realm, e.g. the Princes of, respectively, Asturias, Grão Pará, Orange, Viana, Wales, etc.
- substantively, it became the fashion from the 17th century for the heirs apparent of the leading ducal families to assume a princely title, associated with a seigneurie in the family's possession. These titles were borne by courtesy and preserved by tradition, not law, e.g. the princes de, respectively, Bidache, Marcillac, Tonnay-Charente, Poix, Léon,
Prince as generic for ruler
As a title, by the end of the medieval era, prince was borne by rulers of territories that were either substantially smaller than or exercised fewer of the rights of sovereignty than did emperors and kings. A lord of even a quite small territory might come to be referred to as a prince before the 13th century, either from translations of a native title into the Latin princeps, or when the lord's territory was allodial. The lord of an allodium owned his lands and exercised prerogatives over the subjects in his territory absolutely, owing no feudal homage or duty as a vassal to a liege lord, nor being subject to any higher jurisdiction. Most small territories designated as principalities during feudal eras were allodial, e.g. the Princedom of Dombes.
Lords who exercised lawful authority over territories and people within a feudal hierarchy were also sometimes regarded as princes in the general sense, especially if they held the rank of count or higher. This is attested in some surviving styles for e.g., British earls, marquesses, and dukes are still addressed by the Crown on ceremonial occasions as high and noble princes.
In parts of the Holy Roman Empire in which primogeniture did not prevail, all legitimate agnates had an equal right to the family's hereditary titles. While this meant that offices, such as emperor, king, and elector could only be legally occupied by one dynast at a time, holders of such other titles as duke, margrave, landgrave, count palatine, and prince could only differentiate themselves by adding the name of their appanage to the family's original title. Not only did this tend to proliferate unwieldy titles, but as agnatic primogeniture gradually became the norm in the Holy Roman Empire by the end of the 18th century, another means of distinguishing the monarch from other members of his dynasty became necessary. Gradual substitution of the title of Prinz for the monarch's title of Fürst occurred, and became customary for cadets in all German dynasties except in the grand duchies of Mecklenburg and Oldenburg. Both Prinz and Fürst are translated into English as "prince", but they reflect not only different but mutually exclusive concepts.
This distinction had evolved before the 18th century for dynasties headed by a Fürst in Germany. The custom spread through the Continent to such an extent that a renowned imperial general who belonged to a cadet branch of a reigning ducal family, remains best known to history by the generic dynastic title, "Prince Eugene of Savoy". Note that the princely title was used as a prefix to his Christian name, which also became customary.
Cadets of France's other princes étrangers affected similar usage under the Bourbon kings. Always facing the scepticism of Saint-Simon and like-minded courtiers, these quasi-royal aristocrats' assumption of the princely title as a personal, rather than territorial, designation encountered some resistance. In writing Histoire Genealogique et Chonologique, Père Anselme accepts that, by the end of the 17th century, the heir apparent to the House of La Tour d'Auvergne's sovereign duchy bears the title, prince de Bouillon, but he would record in 1728 that the heir's La Tour cousin, the Count of Oliergues, is "known as the Prince Frederick".
The post-medieval rank of gefürsteter Graf embraced but elevated the German equivalent of the intermediate French, English and Spanish nobles. In the Holy Roman Empire, these nobles rose to dynastic status by preserving from the Imperial crown the exercise of such sovereign prerogatives as the minting of money; the muster of military troops and the right to wage war and contract treaties; local judicial authority and constabular enforcement; and the habit of inter-marrying with sovereign dynasties. By the 19th century, cadets of a Fürst would become known as Prinzen.queen regnant is usually titled "prince consort" or simply "prince", whereas the wives of male monarchs take the female equivalent of their husband's title. In Brazil, Portugal and Spain, however, the husband of a female monarch was accorded the masculine equivalent of her title, at least after he fathered her heir. In previous epochs, husbands of queens regnant were often deemed entitled to the crown matrimonial, sharing their consorts' regnal title and rank jure uxoris,
However, in cultures which allow the ruler to have several wives or official concubines these women, sometimes collectively referred to as a harem, there are often specific rules determining their relative hierarchy and a variety of titles, which may distinguish between those whose offspring can be in line for the succession or not, or specifically who is mother to the heir to the throne.
To complicate matters, the style His/Her Highness, a prefix often accompanying the title of a dynastic prince, may be awarded/withheld separately.
Although the arrangement set out above is the one that is most commonly understood, there are also different systems. Depending on country, epoch, and translation, other usages of "prince" are possible.
Foreign-language titles such as Italian principe, French prince, German Fürst and Prinz, Russian knyaz, etc., are usually translated as "prince" in English.
Some princely titles are derived from those of national rulers, such as tsarevich from tsar. Other examples are mirza, khanzada, nawabzada, sahibzada, shahzada, sultanzada. However, some princely titles develop in unusual ways, such as adoption of a style for dynasts which is not pegged to the ruler's title, but rather continues an old tradition, claims dynastic succession to a lost monarchy, or descends from a ruler whose princely title or sovereign status was not, de jure, hereditary, but attributed to descendants as an international courtesy,.
Specific titlesIn some dynasties, a specific style other than prince has become customary for dynasts, such as fils de France in the House of Capet, and Infante. Infante was borne by children of the monarch other than the heir apparent in all of the Iberian monarchies. Some monarchies used a specific princely title for their heirs, such as Prince of Asturias in Spain and Prince of Brazil in Portugal.
Sometimes a specific title is commonly used by various dynasties in a region, e.g. Mian in various of the Punjabi princely Hill States.
European dynasties usually awarded appanages to princes of the blood, typically attached to a feudal noble title, such as Prince of Orange in the Netherlands, Britain's royal dukes, the Dauphin in France, the Count of Flanders in Belgium, and the Count of Syracuse in Sicily. Sometimes appanage titles were princely, e.g. Prince of Achaia, prince de Condé, Prince of Carignan, but it was the fact that their owners were of princely rank rather than that they held a princely title which was the source of their pre-eminence.
For the often specific terminology concerning an heir apparent, see Crown prince.
Prince as a substantive titleOther princes derive their title not from dynastic membership as such, but from inheritance of a title named for a specific and historical territory. The family's possession of prerogatives or properties in that territory might be long past. Such were most of the "princedoms" of France's ancien régime, so resented for their pretentiousness in the memoirs of Saint-Simon. These included the princedoms of Arches-Charleville, Boisbelle-Henrichemont, Chalais, Château-Regnault, Guéménée, Martigues, Mercœur, Sedan, Talmond, Tingrey, and the "kingship" of Yvetot, among others.
Prince as a reigning monarchA prince or princess who is the head of state of a territory that has a monarchy as a form of government is a reigning prince.
Extant principalitiesThe current princely monarchies include:
- The co-principality of Andorra
- The emirate of Kuwait
- The principality of Liechtenstein
- The principality of Monaco
- The Sovereign Military Order of Malta
- The emirate of Qatar
- The member emirates of the federation in the United Arab Emirates :
- * Abu Dhabi
- * Ajman
- * Dubai
- * Fujairah
- * Ras al-Khaimah
- * Sharjah
- * Umm al-Quwain
- Roy Bates called himself "Prince Roy" of the Principality of Sealand
- Leonard George Casley calls himself "Prince Leonard I" of the Principality of Hutt River
Prince exercising head of state's authority
Though these offices may not be reserved legally for members of the ruling dynasty, in some traditions they are filled by dynasts, a fact which may be reflected in the style of the office, e.g. "prince-president" for Napoleon III as French head of state but not yet emperor, or "prince-lieutenant" in Luxembourg, repeatedly filled by the crown prince before the grand duke's abdication, or in form of consortium imperii.
Some monarchies even have a practice in which the monarch can formally abdicate in favor of his heir, and yet retain a kingly title with executive power, e.g. Maha Upayuvaraja, though sometimes also conferred on powerful regents who exercised executive powers.
Non-dynastic princesIn several countries of the European continent, such as France, prince can be an aristocratic title of someone having a high rank of nobility or as lord of a significant fief, but not ruling any actual territory and without any necessary link to the royal family, which makes it difficult to compare with the British system of royal princes.
France and the Holy Roman Empire
The kings of France started to bestow the style of prince, as a title among the nobility, from the 16th century onwards. These titles were created by elevating a seigneurie to the nominal status of a principality—although prerogatives of sovereignty were never conceded in the letters patent. Princely titles self-assumed by the princes du sang and by the princes étrangers were generally tolerated by the king and used at the royal court, outside the Parlement of Paris. These titles held no official place in the hierarchy of the nobility, but were often treated as ranking just below ducal peerages, since they were often inherited by ducal heirs:
- French titles of prince recognized by the king
- * Holy Roman Empire states annexed by France
- ** Arches-Charleville: in the Ardennes region, near the border with the Empire.
- ** Château-Renaud: near Arches-Charleville.
- ** Dombes: on the east bank of the Rhône.
- ** Orange.
- ** Sedan: held by the Dukes of Bouillon.
- * Ancient principalities seated in the Kingdom of France
- ** Boisbelle, later Henrichemont: in the Berry region, a sovereign principality recognized in 1598.
- ** Luxe: in the Béarn region, also styled Sovereign Count
- ** Yvetot: in the Normandy region, recognized, nominally, as King of Yvetot.
- * Principalities created by the King
- ** Château-Porcien: in the Ardennes region, created in 1561 for the House of Croÿ.
- ** Guéméné: in Brittany, created in 1667 for the House of Rohan. Title borne by the Duke of Montbazon or his heir.
- ** Joinville: in the Champagne region, created in 1552 for the House of Lorraine.
- ** Martigues: in the Provence region, created 16th century for cadets of the House of Lorraine.
- ** Mercœur: in the Auvergne region, created in 1563 for cadets of the House of Lorraine, later a duchy. Recreated in 1719.
- ** Tingry: in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region, created in 1587 for the House of Luxemburg.
- * The princes of Condé and Conti, heads of cadet branches of the French royal House of Bourbon: used recognized princely titles, but the lordships of Condé and Conti were never formally created principalities by the King.
- Unrecognized titles of Prince
- * Aigremont
- * Anet: used by the Dukes of Vendôme, then the Dukes of Penthièvre.
- * Antibes: claimed by the de Grasse family.
- * Bédeille: in Béarn.
- * Bidache: in Béarn used by the Dukes of Gramont, but the heir was usually styled Count of Guiche rather than Prince of Bidache.
- * Carency: in Artois. Originally a lordship of the House of Bourbon. It was inherited by the Counts of La Vauguyon, who used the style of Prince of Carency for the heir.
- * Chabanais: in Angoumois. Reduced to a marquisate in 1702
- * Chalais: in Périgord. Inherited by the elder branch of the Talleyrand family. Spanish Grandeeship attached to the title in 1714.
- * Commercy: lordship of Lorraine. Cadets of the House of Lorraine used the style of Prince of Commercy.
- * Courtenay: the House of Courtenay legitimately descended from Louis VI of France but not recognized as princes du sang by France's kings. The last branch of the house used the style of Prince of Courtenay from the 17th century. The style passed to the Dukes of Bauffremont.
- * Elbeuf: lordship of Normandy. Younger sons of the House of Guise used the style of prince d'Elbeuf; later a duchy.
- * Lamballe: in Brittany, used by the heir of the Bourbon Duke of Penthièvre.
- * Lambesc: in Provence, used by various cadets of the House of Guise, notably by the heirs of the Dukes of Elbeuf.
- * Léon: viscountcy of Brittany. The heirs of the Dukes of Rohan used the style of Prince of Léon.
- * Listenois: in Franche-Comté, used by the Dukes of Bauffremont after the Courtenay inheritance.
- * Marcillac: in Angoumois, used by the heir of the Duke de La Rochefoucauld.
- * Maubuisson: in Île-de-France, used by the Dukes of Rohan-Rohan.
- * Montauban: in Brittany, used by various cadets of the House of Rohan.
- * Montbazon: a duchy of the House of Rohan, style of Prince of Montbazon used by various cadets of the House.
- * Mortagne: in Aquitaine, used by the Dukes of Richelieu.
- * Poix: in Picardy, used by various families, twice raised to a duchy.
- * Pons: in Saintonge, used by cadets of the House of Guise.
- * Rochefort: used by cadets of the House of Rohan.
- * Soubise: used by head of the second branch of the House of Rohan, also Dukes of Rohan-Rohan.
- * Soyons: in Dauphiné, used by cadets of the Dukes of Uzès.
- * Talmond: in Vendée, used by the Dukes of La Trémoïlle.
- * Tonnay-Charente: used by the heirs of the Dukes of Mortemart.
- * Turenne: viscounty of the House of La Tour d'Auvergne, style of Prince de Turenne used by cadets of the house.
- Otto von Bismarck was created Prince von Bismarck in the empire of reunited Germany, under the Hohenzollern dynasty.
In other cases, such titular princedoms are created in chief of an event, such as a treaty or a victory. Examples include:
- The Spanish minister Manuel Godoy was created Principe de la Paz by his king for negotiating the 1795 double peace-treaty of Basilea, by which the revolutionary French republic made peace with Prussia and with Spain.
- The triumphant generals who led their troops to victory often received a victory title from Napoleon, both princely and ducal
- King William I of the Netherlands bestowed the victory title of Prince of Waterloo upon Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington after his defeat of Napoleon I Bonaparte at Waterloo in 1815, Joseph Bonaparte conferred the title "Prince of Spain" to be hereditary on his children and grandchildren in the male and female line.
In Poland specifically, the titles of prince dated either to the times before the Union of Lublin or were granted to Polish nobles by foreign monarchs, as the law in Poland forbade the king from dividing nobility by granting them hereditary titles: see The Princely Houses of Poland.
In the Russian system, knyaz, translated as "prince", is the highest degree of official nobility. Members of older dynasties, whose realms were eventually annexed to the Russian Empire, were also accorded the title of knyaz — sometimes after first being allowed to use the higher title of tsarevich. The many surviving branches of the Rurik dynasty used the knyaz title before and after they yielded sovereignty to their kinsmen, the Grand Princes of Muscovy, who became Tsars and, under the House of Romanov, Emperors of Russia.
Title in various Western traditions and languagesIn each case, the title is followed by the female form and then the name of the territory associated with it, each separated by a slash. If a second title is also given, then that one is for a Prince of the blood, the first for a principality. Be aware that the absence of a separate title for a prince of the blood may not always mean no such title exists; alternatively, the existence of a word does not imply there is also a reality in the linguistic territory concerned; it may very well be used exclusively to render titles in other languages, regardless whether there is a historical link with any
Etymologically, we can discern the following traditions :
- Languages only using the Latin root princeps:
- *Catalan: Príncep /Princesa – Príncep /Princesa
- *French: Prince /Princesse – Prince /Princesse
- *Friulian: Princip /Principesse – Princip /Principesse
- *Italian: Principe /Principessa – Principe /Principessa
- *Latin : Princeps/*Princeps/*
- *Monegasque: Principu /Principessa – Principu /Principessa
- *Occitan: Prince /Princessa – Prince /Princessa
- *Portuguese: Príncipe /Princesa – Príncipe /Princesa
- *Rhaeto-Romansh: Prinzi /Prinzessa – Prinzi /Prinzessa
- *Romanian: Prinţ /Prinţesă – Principe /Principesă
- *Spanish: Príncipe /Princesa – Príncipe /Princesa
- *Venetian: Principe /Principessa – Principe /Principessa
- Celtic languages:
- *Breton: Priñs/Priñsez
- *Irish: Prionsa/Banphrionsa – Flaith/Banfhlaith
- *Scottish Gaelic: Prionnsa/Bana-phrionnsa – Flath/Ban-fhlath
- *Welsh: Tywysog/Tywysoges – Prins/Prinses
- Languages that use an equivalent of the German Fürst:
- *Anglo-Teutonic: King`s Thane
- *English: Prince /Princess – Prince /Princess
- *Afrikaans: Prins
- *Danish: Fyrste /Fyrstinde – Prins /Prinsesse
- *Dutch: Vorst /Vorstin- Prins /Prinses
- *Faroese: Fúrsti /Fúrstafrúa, Fúrstinna – Prinsur /Prinsessa
- *West Frisian: Foarst /Foarstinne – Prins /Prinsesse
- *German: Fürst /Fürstin – Prinz /Prinzessin
- *Icelandic: Fursti /Furstynja – Prins /Prinsessa
- *Luxembourgish: Fürst /Fürstin – Prënz /Prinzessin
- *Norwegian: Fyrste /Fyrstinne – Prins /Prinsesse
- *Old-Norwegian - Konningers Thienner
- *Old English: Ǣðeling /Hlæfdiġe
- *Swedish: Furste /Furstinna – Prins /Prinsessa
- *Belarusian: Tsarevich, Karalevich, Prynts /Tsarewna, Karalewna, Pryntsesa
- *Bosnian: Кнез/Кнегиња or Knez/Kneginja, Краљевић/Краљевна or Kraljević/Kraljevna, Принц/Принцеза or Princ/Princeza
- *Bulgarian : Knyaz/Knyaginya, Prints/Printsesa
- *Croatian: Knez/Kneginja, Kraljević/Kraljevna, Princ/Princeza
- *Czech: Kníže /Kněžna, Princ, Kralevic/Princezna
- *Macedonian: Knez /Knegina, Princ /Princeza
- *Polish: Książę/Księżna, Królewicz/Królewna
- *Russian: Князь/Княгиня or Knyaz /Knyagina, Knyazhna, Tsarevich, Korolyevich, Prints /Tsarevna, Korolyevna, Printsessa
- *Serbian: Кнез/Кнегиња or Knez/Kneginja, Краљевић/Краљевна or Kraljević/Kraljevna, Принц/Принцеза or Princ/Princeza
- *Slovak: Knieža /Kňažná, Kráľovič, Princ /Princezná
- *Slovene: Knez /Kneginja, Princ /Princesa Kraljevič/Kraljična
- *Ukrainian: Knyaz /Knyazhnya, Tsarenko, Korolenko, Prints /Tsarivna, Korolivna, Printsizna
Other Western languages
- Albanian: Princ /Princeshë – Princ /Princeshë
- Estonian: Vürst /Vürstinna – Prints /Printsess
- Finnish: Ruhtinas /Ruhtinatar – Prinssi /Prinsessa
- Georgian: თავადი / Tavadi
- Greek : Prigkips, Πρίγκηψ/Prigkipissa, Πριγκήπισσα
- Greek : Prigkipas, Πρίγκηπας/Prigkipissa, Πριγκήπισσα
- Hungarian : Herceg / Hercegnő, or Fejedelem / Fejedelemnő if head of state
- Latvian: Firsts /Firstiene – Princis /Princese
- Lithuanian: Kunigaikštis /Kunigaikštienė – Princas /Princese
- Maltese: Prinċep /Prinċipessa – Prinċep /Prinċipessa
- Persian : Shahzade, Shahpour
- Turkish: Prens / Prenses - Şehzade
Title in other traditions and languages
The above is essentially the story of European, Christian dynasties and other nobility, also 'exported' to their colonial and other overseas territories and otherwise adopted by rather westernized societies elsewhere.
Applying these essentially western concepts, and terminology, to other cultures even when they don't do so, is common but in many respects rather dubious. Different backgrounds have also begot significantly different dynastic and nobiliary systems, which are poorly represented by the 'closest' western analogy.
It therefore makes sense to treat these per civilization.
- Arabian tradition since the caliphate – in several monarchies it remains customary to use the title Sheikh for all members of the royal family. In families which claim descent from Muhammad, this is expressed in either of a number of titles : sayid, sharif; these are retained even when too remote from any line of succession to be a member of any dynasty.
- In Saudi Arabia the title of Emir is used in role of prince for all members of the House of Saud.
- Malay countries
- In the Ottoman Empire, the sovereign of imperial rank was styled padishah with a host of additional titles, reflecting his claim as political successor to the various conquered states. Princes of the blood, male, were given the style Şehzade.
- Persia – Princes as members of a royal family, are referred to by the title Shahzadeh, meaning "descendant of the king". Since the word zadeh could refer to either a male or female descendant, Shahzadeh had the parallel meaning of "princess" as well. Princes can also be sons of provincial kings and the title referring to them would be the title of Khanzadeh. Princes as people who got a title from the King are called "Mirza", diminutive of "Amir Zadeh".
- In Indian Muslim dynasties, the most common titles were Mirza and Shahzada; while Nawabzada and Sahibzada were also given to younger blood princes.
- In Kazakh Khanate the title Sultan was used for lords from a ruling dynasty, that gives them a right to be elected as khan, as an experienced ruler; and an honorific tore for ordinary members of a ruling dynasty.
Non-Islamic Asian traditions
ChinaIn ancient China, the title of prince developed from being the highest title of nobility in the Zhou Dynasty, to five grades of princes by the time of the fall of the Qing Dynasty.The Chinese word for prince Wang as Chinese believe the emperor Huang Di is the ruler of all kings. The most accurate translations of the English word "prince" are Huang Zi or Wang Zi.
JapanIn Japan, the title Kōshaku was used as the highest title of Kazoku before the present constitution. Kōshaku, however, is more commonly translated as "Duke" to avoid confusion with the following royal ranks in the Imperial Household: Shinnō ; Naishinnō ; or Ō ; Jyo-Ō ; and Ōhi. The former is the higher title of a male member of the Imperial family while the latter is the lower.
KoreaIn the Joseon Dynasty, the title "Prince" was used for the king's male-line descendants. There were generally the divisions of princedom: the king's legitimate son used the title daegun. A son born of a concubine as well as the great-great-grandsons of the king used the title gun. But the title of gun wasn't limited to the royal family. Instead, it was often granted as an honorary and non-hereditory title.
As noble titles no longer exist in modern Korea, the English word "Prince" is now usually translated as wangja, referring to princes from non-Korean royal families. Princes and principalities in continental Europe are almost always confused with dukes and duchies in Korean speech, both being translated as gong and gongguk.King's son in Sinhalese generation in Sri Lanka.
IndiaSee princely states for the often particular, mainly Hindu titles in former British India, including modern Pakistan, Bangladesh, Burma, and Nepal.
IndochinaSee Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos
PhilippinesSee Principalia, the Sultanate of Maguindanao and the Sultanate of Sulu.
African traditionsA Western model was sometimes copied by emancipated colonial regimes. Otherwise, most of the styles for members of ruling families do not lend themselves well to English translation. Nonetheless, in general the princely style has gradually replaced the colonialist title of "chief", which does not particularly connote dynastic rank to Westerners, e.g. Swazi Royal Family and Zulu Royal Family. Nominally ministerial chiefly titles, such as the Yoruba Oloye and the Zulu InDuna, still exist as distinct titles in kingdoms all over Africa.
Title in religionIn states with an element of theocracy, this can affect princehood in several ways, such as the style of the ruler, but also the mode of succession.
Furthermore, certain religious offices may be considered of princely rank, or imply comparable temporal rights. The Prince-Popes, Pope, Hereditary Prince-Cardinals, Cardinals, Prince-Lord Bishops, Prince Bishops, Lord Bishops, Prince-Provost, and Prince-abbots are referred to as Princes of the Church.
Also in Christianity, Jesus Christ is sometimes referred to as the Prince of Peace. Other titles for Jesus Christ are Prince of Princes, Prince of the Covenant, Prince of Life, and Prince of the Kings of the Earth. Further, Satan is popularly titled the Prince of Darkness; and in the Christian faith he is also referred to as the Prince of this World and the Prince of the Power of the Air. Another title for Satan, not as common today but apparently so in approximately 30 A.D. by the Pharisees of the day, was the title Prince of the Devils. Prince of Israel, Prince of the Angels, and Prince of Light are titles given to the Archangel Michael. Some Christian churches also believe that since all Christians, like Jesus Christ, are children of God, then they too are princes and princesses of Heaven. Saint Peter, a disciple of Jesus, is also known as the Prince of the Apostles.