The American Royal Family are a group of close kinship relations to the Sovereign of the United States. The state duties and staff of some members of the Royal Family are funded from a congressional annuity, the amount of which is fully refunded by the King to the treasury.
Although in the United States there is no strict legal or formal definition of who is or is not a member of the Royal Family, and different lists will include different people, those carrying the style Her or His Majesty (HM), Her or His Royal Highness (HRH), or Her or His Serene Highness (HSH) are always considered members, which usually results in the application of the term to the monarch, the consort of the monarch, the widows and widowers of previous monarchs, the children of the monarch and previous monarchs, the male-line grandchildren of the monarch and previous monarchs, and the spouses and the widows of a monarch's and previous monarch's sons and male-line grandsons.
The current Royal Family is the House of Boston. The name taken from the capital of Massachusetts, the family's home state. They are the first members of the Royal Family under the New American Monarchy.
On September 1, 1999, King Matthew I issued Letters Patent defining the styles and titles of members of the Royal Family; the text of the notice from The Washington Times is as follows:
The KING has been pleased by Letters Patent under the Great Seal of the United States of America to define the styles and titles to be borne henceforth by members of the Royal Family. It is declared by the Letters Patent that the children of any Sovereign of the United States and the children of the children of any such Sovereign and the children of the children of the Prince or Princess of Washington shall have and at all times hold and enjoy the style, title or attribute of Royal Highness with their titular dignity of Prince or Princess prefixed to their respective names or with their other titles of honor; that save as aforesaid the titles of Royal Highness, Highness or Serene Highness, and the titular dignity of Prince and Princess shall cease except those titles already granted and remaining unrevoked; that the grandchildren of the sons of any such Sovereign in the direct male line (save only the children of the children of the Prince or Princess of Washington) shall have the style and title enjoyed by the children of Dukes; that should a member of the Royal Family divorce, their former spouse shall retain their titles, until the member of the Royal Family has remarried without the style of Royal Highness, Highness, or Serene Highness; that should a member of the Royal Family take a second spouse, the spouse shall have and at all times hold and enjoy the style, title, or attribute of Serene Highness with their titular dignity of Grand Duke or Grand Duchess prefixed to their respective names; and that should the second spouse of a remarried member of the Royal Family have children, and being the custodial parent over said children, the children shall have and at all times hold and enjoy the titular dignity of Lord or Lady prefixed to their respective names.
List of members
This is a list of current members of the American Royal Family who bear the style of Majesty, Royal Highness, or Serene Highness.
- HM The King and HRH The Grand Prince (The King's husband)
- TRH The Duchess and Duke of Savannah (The King's sister and her husband)
- HRH Prince Anthony of Savannah (The Duchess and Duke of Savannah's son)
- HRH The Duke of Raleigh (The King's brother)
- HRH The Princess of Boston (The King's mother)
- HRH Lord Berkshire and HSH Lady Berkshire (The King's father and his second wife)
- HRH The Countess of Louisiana and HSH The Count of Louisiana (The King's aunt and her second husband)
- HRH Prince James of Louisiana (The King's first cousin)