Kate Middleton grew up as an “ordinary citizen” and married the royal family in April 2011 when she and Prince William tied the knot at Westminster Abbey in London. At the wedding, the titles of Prince William and Kate became “His and Her Royal Highness, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge”, with “Kate” formally going through “Catherine”. Interestingly, Southern Living reports that she has two other titles, depending on where she is in the UK: when Duchess Kate is in Scotland, she is called Countess of Strathearn; when she visits Northern Ireland her title is – wait – Lady Carrickfergus. Really. In addition, because Kate Middleton married in royalty rather than being born in it like William, her title will always come after her name, i.e. “Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge” as opposed to “Duchess Catherine”.
The royal succession line is clearly defined: after Queen Elizabeth II withdraws from royal life, Prince Charles becomes king. Prince William is next in line (followed by the sons of him and Kate, then Prince Harry). However, when Prince William becomes King, what does all this mean for Kate Middleton?
As soon as Wills ascends to the throne, this does not mean that Kate Middleton will automatically become Queen. Her official title will, according to The Independent, be “Queen Consort;” Good Housekeeping reports that her full title in its entirety will be “Her Royal Majesty Queen Consort Catherine VI”. This “Consort” designation is given to the wife of a ruling male sovereign, as opposed to a woman born in royalty. As with many Draconian royal traditions, this usually does not apply to men who marry sovereign female princes (such as Queen Elizabeth II, who is technically a “Queen Regnant”), because their titles usually remain the same (as Prince Philip’s, Duke of Edinburgh) did). The only exception was when Prince Albert was named Prince Consort in 1857 after Queen Victoria had reigned for two decades. If Kate William survives, she might also be eligible for the title “Her Majesty, Queen Catherine, the Queen Mother.”
Before Prince William and Kate become king and queen consort, however, Good Housekeeping reports that Prince Charles is likely to give his title to William, making William the new Prince of Wales; Kate would then probably become Catherine, Princess of Wales – although she may refuse the title, just like Duchess Camilla of Cornwall, chooses to do so out of respect for the late Princess Diana. Royal expert Robert Jobson explained to The Daily Star: “If William gets the title from his father when Charles is king, Kate becomes princess of Wales … so simple. The reason Camilla didn’t take the title is exceptional, she was De Camilla chose to use one of Charles’ other titles, therefore she is “[Her Royal Highness] The Duchess of Cornwall” in England and Wales. Should Camilla want to be styled “[Her Royal Highness] Princess of Wales, “that could be.”
Regarding Kate’s title, nothing really changes her royal duties. Southern Living reports that her workload, as it is now, will remain virtually the same: she will be a patron of charities she and William have chosen, appear publicly and support William in his own efforts. One of Kate’s duties, granted to her by the current Queen herself, is the patron saint of the Royal Photographic Society, announced in June 2019. Queen Elizabeth II played the role of promoting “art and science of photography” for 67 years. before passing the baton to her daughter-in-law. The Duchess of Cambridge (and soon Queen Consort) puts a special focus on charities for preschool education and mental health, as well as athletics and outdoor activities for children.
Jobson explained that whatever poor Kate does, her title is entirely dependent on the actions of her husband William and father-in-law Prince Charles, and notes that William will only be Prince of Wales if Charles grants him the title. “Nothing is going on automatically. Only 21 men have held that coveted rank in history. Charles is the last to have been achieved in 10. The title of” Prince of Wales “is one of the great continuities of English and Welsh and, finally, British, history. “He added that the title is” not hereditary “and is seen as a” great honor. “
Despite all that, chances are that Kate will be called “Kate Middleton” for a very long time, especially in the state. Professor Arianne Chernock of Boston University stated at Vanity Fair: “It doesn’t hurt her that the American press mainly calls her Kate Middleton. It’s exactly her middle-class descent, and that name, which won her first place for so many people . So that memory can only help her. “