The death of Queen Elizabeth II after a reign of 70 years means that there have been a number of changes to the British monarchy and their titles.
After the death of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch on September 8 at the age of 96, her eldest child Charles became king.
The Queen’s death also means the titles of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have changed. As of September 8, Prince William and Kate have inherited the titles of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, titles formerly held by William’s father and his wife Camilla, who succeeded the Duchess of Cornwall but will now use the title Queen Consort.
The Duke and Duchess have already updated their official social media accounts to reflect the change in their titles, with the couple now known as the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge following the death of the Queen.
In addition to the Cornwall title, William and Kate may also see an additional change to their official titles, as the new King’s former Prince of Wales title is likely to be inherited by his eldest son, while the Princess of Wales title will last. officially used by Princess Diana would be donated to Kate.
According to the official website of the Prince of Wales, which has been temporarily suspended in honor of the Queen’s death, the title is “normally passed on when the existing Prince of Wales ascends the throne”.
At the age of 10, Charles was given the title of Prince of Wales and later had an investiture at Caernarvon Castle in 1969. Diana was given the title of Princess of Wales when she married Charles in July 1981.
However, the title is not automatically inherited, meaning Prince William and Kate will only receive the titles if Charles chooses to bestow them.
If and when the new monarch decides to bestow the title of Prince and Princess of Wales on his eldest son and daughter-in-law, it would be the first time the title Princess of Wales has been officially used since the late Princess Diana.
Camilla, who married Charles in April 2005, chose not to use the title Princess of Wales out of respect for the late royal, who died in August 1997 at the age of 36 and was associated with the title, and in instead it used to pass through the Duchess of Cornwall.
While Kate may choose to follow in the same footsteps, it is believed she will use the title when bestowed upon the couple. In June, while visiting Cardiff Castle along with Prince William and the couple’s three children, Prince George, nine, Princess Charlotte, seven, and Prince Louis, four, a royal fan took the opportunity to hug the Duchess. shake and tell her, “You’re going to be a brilliant princess of Wales,” said People.
In response, Kate said, “Oh, that’s very kind,” before gesturing to her husband and adding, “I’m in good hands.”