Royal Family’s Major Title Changes, From Prince George to Kate Middleton
Royal Family news reveals that a Royal title switch-up may be down the pike for some prominent members of the family. Continue reading and we’ll spill the Earl Grey.
Royal Family News: Titles Change Like Musical Chairs
Royal Family news reveals that, according to Edinburgh Live, while some of the Royal Family’s names can get a bit confusing, their titles can make it even more complicated. Titles will often change when a royal grows up, gets married, has children, etc. (via the Mirror).
As time passes, royal titles can undergo numerous alterations which are dependent on an individual’s position in the line of succession, as well as major life events within the family. And while, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II last year, Kate Middleton now goes by the title Princess of Wales, and Prince Edward’s wife is currently known as the Countess of Wessex, things could be switched up soon.
When Prince William got hitched to Kate Middleton in 2011, he was given the title of Duke of Cambridge. He kept this title until last year following the death of the Queen when then-Prince Charles ascended the throne becoming King Charles III.
With Charles being named King, William, as the new heir apparent, inherited the title Duke of Cornwall as well as that of the Prince of Wales, both titles previously held by Charles. Of course, William will also experience a major title shift when his father Charles dies. At that time, William will automatically become King and be referred to as His Majesty.
Kate also received a title when she married Prince William – the Duchess of Cambridge. Again, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, she became the Princess of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. And when Charles passes on, she will receive her biggest title upgrade.
The Princess of Wales will receive the title of Queen Consort. She will then, most likely, be referred to as Queen Catherine.
Despite George’s young age, he is currently second in line to the throne and is likely to undergo several title changes in his lifetime.
George is currently known as Prince George of Wales, but if he chooses to marry, he will likely become a duke as well. And when William ascends, his father will likely make him the Prince of Wales, though that title is not automatically transferred to the heir apparent. However, George will automatically become the Duke of Cornwall as well as the Duke of Rothesay.
On down the line of succession, titles will shift in this manner, so it can get confusing for laypeople. Be sure and stay up to speed on all Royal Family titles. Return here often for more Royal family news and updates.