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DUKE. The title given to those who are in the highest rank of nobility in England.

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A noble knight, Lohengrin, comes in a swan-drawn boat to protect the fair lady, Elsa of Brabant, from the intrigues of an evil Count who is hoping to seize her family's dukedom.
The Dukedom passed to his father as an uncle had no direct descendant.
However, the last dukedom was created by Queen Victoria and this documentary examines what will happen as they gradually become extinct.
But the last non-royal dukedom was created by Queen Victoria for the Earl of Fife in 1889.
The videotape, which was unveiled by Mercy For Animals at a news conference in Los Angeles, depicts gruesome animal cruelty toward the birds at what the group said was T&S Farm in Dukedom, Tennessee, which was under contract to Tyson Foods.
This conservative Christian romance set in Whitby Park features Brook Eden and her trusted friend Justin, an heir to a dukedom, against the backdrop of the North Sea.
Somewhat similarly, her second husband, Welf IV of Bavaria, whom she married in 1070, backed the losing side during the Investiture Controversy, and was deposed from his dukedom in 1078, recovering it only after her death in 1094.
During the same day, Massimov has also met with Premier of Great Dukedom Luxemburg Xavier Bettel.
In this case, she is asked by Her Majesty the Queen to undertake to train an "uncivilized" Australian youth, Jack Altringham, in the ways of nobility since he is an apparent heir to a dukedom.
Dalton goes on to untangle the secret behind the 'sentaways' and succession to the dukedom of Highlions.
The fact that he chose to use the royal dukedom (of Cambridge) and has followed royal precedent, I wouldn't be surprised if they use a name that is already familiar in the royal family - something that has royal associations.