Princess Charlotte: William could honour his daughter with special title when he’s king

Princess Charlotte's future title discussed by expert

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Princess Charlotte, six, is Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, 39, and Prince William’s, 39, only daughter and is fourth in line to the throne. While Charlotte will be knocked down the line of succession by any children her big brother Prince George, eight, may go on to have, she could be honoured with a special royal title as an adult.

William is expected to one day take the throne from his father, Prince Charles, 72, and as king, it will be within his power to hand out royal titles as he sees fit.

The honorary title of Princess Royal is traditionally held by the presiding sovereign’s eldest daughter and currently belongs to Princess Anne, 70.

Queen Elizabeth II, 95, created Anne the Princess Royal shortly before her 37th birthday as thanks for her unwavering dedication to the crown.

The title is not hereditary and Anne will hold it for life, meaning it can only pass onto another royal following her death.

As William is the most likely royal to be on the throne when the Princess Royal title becomes free again, he could choose to honour his daughter Charlotte by giving it to her.

Touching on the Princess Royal title’s future, constitutional expert Iain MacMarthanne told “Looking to the future and assuming Prince William becomes King it can be anticipated, should the title be free to be given and that he is so minded, that his daughter Princess Charlotte, might in time, become the next Princess Royal as the eldest daughter of the monarch.”

Charlotte has been a princess from birth after the Queen issued Letters Patent to allow the Cambridge children not to be “born commoners.”

While traditionally the Queen’s great-grandchildren are not automatically given royal titles, an exception was made for Kate and William’s children due to their position in the line of succession.

George will one day be king and as heir to the throne, it was felt he should be an HRH from birth.

Explaining how the change mirrored one made by the Queen’s own father, Mr MacMarthanne said: “As a female Elizabeth could not pass on to her children the styles and titles of HRH and prince and princess, only male children of a sovereign could.”


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The academic added: “When in 1948 she was due to give birth it was realised that any child she had, despite being second in line to the throne, would not have royal status and be born a ‘commoner’.

“Accordingly, her father, George VI, issued Letters Patent regulating the situation and ensured that in this instance, as Elizabeth was heir to the throne, that her children would enjoy the style HRH and have the title prince or princess.”

He added: “The Queen herself was called upon to make a similar change when it came to the birth of Prince George of Cambridge.

“As the great-grandson of the sovereign, he, like Prince Charles before him, would have been born without royal style or title under George V’s Warrant of 1917.”

Mr MacMarthanne added: “Just as her father had done it took the Queen issuing Letters Patent to remedy the situation.”

While Charlotte is currently high up the line of succession, she may never become a working member of the Firm.

It is understood Prince Charles wishes to dramatically reduce the number of working royals there are when he is king and the overhaul could impact Kate and William’s children.

While George is heir to the throne his siblings may be free to pursue careers outside the Firm.

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