Kate MiddletonThere are currently several titles. “princess” isn’t one of them quite yet. Change is on the wind, however, and once Middleton’s father-in-law Prince CharlesBoth she and her husband are elevated to the throne Prince WilliamTheir titles will be upgraded. Here’s everything you need to know about her titles now and in the future.
What Are Kate Middleton’s Titles?
Although Kate Middleton’s occupation is “princess,” it’s not one of the many titles that she currently calls her own. As Prince William’s wife, Queen Elizabeth bestowed a number of titles to Middleton upon her wedding.
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After the wedding, she was immediately made the Duchess and Princess of Cambridge. She also holds titles in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Middleton in Scotland is the Countess de Strathearn. In Northern Ireland, she’s known as Lady Carrickgergus.
These are her current titles. Middleton will likely gain many more in the coming years. Queen Elizabeth made it clear that she doesn’t see herself abdicating her throne. Instead, she intends to continue living out her remaining days as queen. Her recent health scares, including an unexplained hospitalization last year and a bout of COVID-19 earlier this year, have made the queen’s mortality much more front of mind than in years past.
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Middleton’s Future As Newest Princess Of Wales
As Prince Charles’ time on the throne comes closer, we’re starting to look towards the future of the royal family, and Middleton plays an important role in that future. When Charles becomes King, Prince William and Middleton become the Princes and Princesses of Wales. The late Princess Diana also held the title of Princess of Wales and though Charles’ current wife Camilla Parker Bowles is the current holder of the title, she refrains from using it out of respect.
The same awkward constraints won’t affect Middleton, however, and she’s expected to be the first to actually use the title since Diana’s tragic 1997 death. In addition to becoming the Princess of Wales, Middleton will gain a few more titles, including another of Charles and Parker Bowles’s current titles.
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It’s assumed that William will become Duke of Cornwall, which would make Middleton the newest Duchess of Cornwall. This title is traditionally granted to the heir apparent and their spouse, which is why it’s all but guaranteed that it will pass along to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The Scottish Rothesay title is another title that was traditionally held by the heir apparent. Charles will be crowned and William will become Duke of Rothesay. Middleton will then become the Duchess. Middleton can expect an extra title when William is finally crowned king. It will be one that reigns supreme.
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Once William becomes king, which could potentially be decades from now, Kate Middleton will become a queen…of sorts. Like Parker Bowles she will be Queen Consort. Both royal women will be crowned queens, but it is the consort who will reign. “consort” part makes it clear that it’s in name only, not in constitutional power like their predecessor Queen Elizabeth. Still, it’s quite the promotion.