But it’s still taking time to get used to things like KC etc.
Duchess of Edinburgh’s motorcade hit 80-year-old woman
After decades of knowing that we don’t refer to the Duchess of Edinburgh, for people are known by their highest, not any intermediate, titles – therefore she was Brenda – to find that we do in fact have a D of E who is so referred to – well, it just takes time.
But maybe it’s just me. I always find 18th and 19th cent political history terribly difficult to follow as all the main participants seem to change their names every three pages. Wellesley becomes Wellington I grasp (leaving Wellesley as his older brother, Marquess of) and Nelson did us all a favour by changing title but not name. But Pitt to Chatham (??) and so on desperately confuses. As with earlier history, writers refer to Franconia, Bessarabia, thislittlebitofland’ere without telling us what the modern names are. We’re supposed to know, see?