The royal titles Kate could receive when Charles is King

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As tradition dictates, the Queen made Prince William the Duke of Cambridge upon his marriage to Kate Middleton in 2011. For the last decade, Kate has been known as Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge, but this title will likely change under the reign of Prince Charles. spoke to Dr Bob Morris, Senior Honorary Research Associate at the Constitution Unit, University College London (UCL), about the Duchess of Cambridge’s future royal titles.

Duchess of Cornwall

When Prince Charles is King, his eldest son Prince William will become the heir apparent to the throne.

As such, William will inherit the Duchy of Cornwall and become the Duke of Cornwall.

As William’s spouse, Kate will hold the equivalent title of Duchess of Cornwall, the title currently held by Charles’s wife Camilla.

Princess of Wales

Like her late mother-in-law, Diana, Princess of Wales, Kate may also be known by the title in the future.

Unlike the Duke of Cornwall title, the heir apparent does not automatically become the Prince of Wales.

The Prince of Wales title has to be allocated by the Sovereign, as was the case when the Queen gave the title to Charles in 1958 – six years after the start of her reign.

Dr Morris explained: “When Prince Charles becomes King, his eldest son does not automatically inherit his father’s title as the Prince of Wales.

“However, it is likely that any delay will be short before the title is conferred.

“Accordingly, when her husband becomes Prince of Wales, she will become Princess of Wales as well as sharing the heir’s other title of the Duke of Cornwall, plus the titles he uses when in Scotland and Northern Ireland [such as] Duke of Rothesay and Earl of Carrick.

“She is already a senior member of the Royal Victorian Order, entry to which – like the Garter – is entirely in the Queen’s personal gift.”

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Royal Lady of the Most Noble Order of the Garter

In the New Year Honours for 2022, the Queen made Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, a Royal Lady of the Most Noble Order of the Garter.

Camilla has been appointed to the Order for her services to the monarchy.

Several members of the Royal Family have been appointed to the Order during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.

Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, Princess Anne and many of the Queen’s first cousins have been awarded the honour in recent decades.

The Most Noble Order of the Garter is the nation’s most prestigious order of chivalry and it has been in place for centuries.

It stands to reason that Kate, Duchess of Cambridge will likely be appointed a Royal Lady of the Most Noble Order of the Garter during the future reigns of Charles or William.

Dr Morris added: “Finally, granted the precedent of the Duchess of Cornwall’s appointment as the first spouse of the heir to be appointed to the Garter, it seems likely that the Duchess of Cambridge can also expect to be similarly appointed in due course after her father-in-law’s succession.”

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