Here's what Duchess Kate's title will be when Prince Charles becomes king

by Meaghan Wray

When Prince William and Kate said “I do” in 2011, the beautiful couple became the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Since then, Kate has taken on the title with gusto, stepping out time and time again to give back to the charities she holds close to her heart. However, her title won’t remain the same forever, and the next time it’s due for an upgrade will be when Prince Charles becomes the King of England.

When Charles – who is first in line to the throne as Her Majesty’s oldest child – takes on the royal role, his title as the Prince of Wales will be passed down to his eldest son, William. This, of course, means that his wife is likely to become the Princess of Wales, a title once held by his mother, Princess Diana.

The history of Charles’ title is quite interesting, dating all the way back to the 14 th Century during the time of Edward, The Black Prince, who died before his father and as such never became king. When the current Prince of Wales remarried Camilla following Diana’s tragic passing in a car accident in 1997, many wondered why she took on the title of the Duchess of Cornwall instead of Princess of Wales. It is widely believed that the decision was made out of respect for Diana.

Kate isn’t a born royal, either, and her title will reflect that. Rather than being referred to as Princess Kate, her official title will become Catherine, Princess of Wales . (Princess Diana was also never a proper title as Kate’s late mother-in-law was also not born of royal blood.) Her title will change again if William becomes the King of England – she would likely become Her Majesty Queen Consort Catherine VI, while Prince George, 4, would become the Prince of Wales.

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