The prince and princess (A) made their way (B) through the cheering crowd. (C) No error (D)

According to my book the above sentence is a no error sentence but isn't the first part in the sentence wrong ? Since the prince and the princess are two different persons don't we need to use article the with both of them ?

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    You wouldn't normally capitalise prince, princess, king, queen in such contexts today, but it's really something of a stylistic choice - not something that over-enthusiastic exam setters should concern themselves with under the guise of testing knowledge of English as a second language. The same applies to whether or not to repeat the article (you could, but usually people wouldn't). Jun 10, 2017 at 17:10
  • Sorry , let me edit the question.
    – user212388
    Jun 10, 2017 at 17:13
  • No, there is no need to repeat the the. Imagine the context: The prince and princess [of some place]. No the. The "of some place" is implied. The president and vice-president of the association. The boy and girl in the house. When the article goes with two items "belonging" to the same thing, you do not need it.
    – Lambie
    Jun 10, 2017 at 17:46

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As has been pointed out, if the two are associated with the same thing the second "the" is not necessary since the two might be considered single unit. Unless you wanted to emphasize / draw attention to a particular aspect in which case "both" might also be used.

The prince and the princess of Britain both have dark hair.

The prince and princess are the parents of George and Charlotte.

The ham and eggs are grown locally.
The ham and the eggs are (both) grown locally.

  • I don't buy the both business. Eggs are not grown by the way. They are laid by hens. Perhaps produced is better....
    – Lambie
    Jun 10, 2017 at 21:10

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