What is Kate Middleton's royal title, will it change when Prince William becomes King and will she ever be Queen?

What is Kate Middleton's royal title, will it change when Prince William becomes King and will she ever be Queen?

January 9, 2019

The mum-of-three gave birth to her third child with Prince William on April 23, 2018. Here's the lowdown on her royal title and whether it will change if he becomes King…

What will happen when Charles becomes King?

If Prince Charles takes the throne and becomes The King of England after his mother Queen Elizabeth, both the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will move up the line of succession.

Prince William will likely become the Prince of Wales and Kate will hold a very special title as the Princess of Wales.

The last time someone was named the Princess of Wales was William's late mother, Princess Diana.

When William takes the throne will Kate be Queen?

Once Prince William then takes the throne and becomes the King of England, Kate will then be the Queen Consort.

Kate, 37, will only hold the title of Queen Consort, and not be The Queen of England in the same way the sovereign is now.

All females who marry sovereigns are styled as Queen Consorts, except in rare cases.

While males are officially the consort, they may be referred to as Prince, as with the Queen and Prince Philip, although they can be referred to as Prince Consorts.

Whereas Kate will not be the official Queen, Princess Charlotte has the potential to hold that title, just like her great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II.

Princess Charlotte is fourth in line to the throne, after Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince George, but will be ahead of her new brother, even though he is male, due to a change in the law of primogeniture.

Previously boys took precedence over any older siblings if they were girls, but new legislation was created before Prince George’s birth ending this tradition.

Camilla Parker Bowles, who is line before Kate, will technically become the Queen Consort also, but it has been said Camilla will adopt the style of Princess Consort.

What's Kate Middleton's royal title now?

Kate Middleton’s title is Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge.

The morning of her wedding to Prince William he was created Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Strathearn and Baron Carrickfergus.

Kate assumes all the feminine titles of her husband, and her full title and style is Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge, Countess of Strathearn and Lady Carrickfergus.

In Scotland she is also styled as Her Royal Highness The Countess of Strathearn.

When Kate married Prince William, she also technically became Mrs Prince William.

But Kate is not referred to as a princess as she was not born into the role, whereas Princess Charlotte is as she was born into royalty.

What will it be when Prince William is King?

It is widely assumed Kate will assume the official title of Queen Consort Catherine, but it is likely she will be referred to as Queen, or Queen Catherine.

The last predecessor in that role was the Queen Mother.

Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon married Prince Albert, Duke of York, in 1923, and she assumed the feminine form of his titles.

When he became King in 1936, she became the Queen Consort, but was referred to as the Queen.

She was officially styled Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother following the death of her husband.

It is the normal style for the widow of a King to assume the title Queen accompanied by their name.

In this case it was Queen Elizabeth, but this was too close to her daughter and current monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, so the Queen Mother was adopted to avoid confusion.

This is when the Duchess’ baby arrived and all the baby name predictions.

Here are the weird royal rules she had to follow.

And who’s next in line to the throne and where do Meghan Markle’s future children come?

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