Suo jure

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Suo jure is a Latin phrase meaning "in his/her own right".

It is commonly encountered in the context of titles of nobility or honorary titles, e.g. Lady Mayoress, and especially in cases where a woman holds a title in her own right rather than through her marriage.

An exception to this is a queen in her own right, who is referred to as a "queen regnant", rather than a "queen suo jure".

Examples of suo jure titles

See also


  1. Sambrook, James (January 2008). "Godolphin, Henrietta, suo jure duchess of Marlborough (1681–1733)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/92329. Retrieved 2012-05-18.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>