- Barons (Baronets are not the same as barons)
The Archbishop of Canterbury is the highest non-royal. Bishops of the Church of England rank immediately above the Barons.
Q: Does the Earl of Snowdon actually have anything to do with Snowdon? Does he chair council meetings or anything like that? And what and where is Snowdon, anyway?
A: Tony Armstrong-Jones was created the first Earl of Snowdon upon his marriage to the Queen’s sister, Princess Margaret. It was a nod to his Welsh heritage – Snowdon is a mountain in Wales.
Tony didn’t have any official connection to the area, though. Professionally, he was a well-known photographer and sat in the House of Lords (link). He retired in March 2016.
Lord Snowdon passed away January 13, 2017. His son, David, is now the 2nd Earl of Snowdon.
The “R” after the Elizabeth’s signature stands for Regina (Reh-JINE-ah), the Latin word for queen.
India became a part of the British Empire during the reign of Queen Victoria. As the Empress of India, Queen Victoria signed her name Victoria R-I, or Victoria Regina-Imperiatrix. Her predecessors, all kings, signed their names with a male version: Rex-Imperator.