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Kate Middleton title: Duchess unlikely to ever use Princess William title

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Prince William married then-Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey, and he was given the title of Duke of Cambridge by the Queen. Subsequently Kate became the Duchess of Cambridge, but she also received a number of Prince William’s other titles.

A statement from the Palace said: “The Queen has today been pleased to confer a Dukedom on Prince William of Wales.

“His titles will be Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Strathearn and Baron Carrickfergus.

“Prince William thus becomes His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge and Miss Catherine Middleton on marriage will become Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge.”

Kate got the equivalent titles of Countess of Strathearn and Baroness Carrickfergus when she married.

But as Prince William’s title is also Prince William of Wales, Kate is also entitled to be known as Princess William of Wales.

In recent years, this royal style has not been very popular for members of the Royal Family.

Technically Meghan Markle also became Princess Henry of Wales when she married Prince Harry, but she has also stuck to her Duchess of Sussex title.

Currently the only royal who holds such a title publicly is Princess Michael of Kent, who is married to the Queen’s cousin Prince Michael of Kent.

Unlike others who are born into the Royal Family, Kate is not entitled to be known as Princess Catherine in her own right.

On her children’s birth certificates, Kate’s occupation is officially listed as Princess of the United Kingdom.

But only royals born into the Royal Family are entitled to be known as Princess, as is the case for William and Kate’s daughter Princess Charlotte.

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When Lady Diana Spencer married Prince Charles in 2018, she received the title of Diana, Princess of Wales to mirror her husband’s Prince of Wales title.

But although she was known as Princess Diana to the press and public, she wasn’t formally given the title of Princess.

Royal expert Marlene Koenig told Insider: “Diana was never Princess Diana.

“The British royal family follows the older German style of royal wives, by styling the wife by her husband’s name.

“The press called her Princess Diana as the press still uses Prince Charles even though Charles not been styled as Prince Charles since his mother became Queen.”

Ms Koenig added: “If the Queen had not created William a Duke, Catherine would be styled as HRH Princess William of Wales.”

As she is married to Prince William, Kate will likely also be known as Princess of Wales one day.

When Prince Charles is King, Prince William will be heir apparent and therefore entitled to the Prince of Wales title.

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