How Will Kate Middleton’s Royal Title Change When Prince William Becomes King?

Prince William may be second in line for the throne, but he’s still been doing his best to prepare for the role. And beside him when he takes the throne will be his wife, Kate Middleton, who is currently known as the Duchess of Cambridge. But what will happen to Kate’s royal title when her husband becomes the king?

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Prince William and Kate Middleton | Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images

William and Kate will likely have been married for decades by the time Will becomes king

Will and Kate first met back in 2001, and they wed a decade later in 2011. Since then, the two have both been working royals who are constantly learning the ropes of the monarchy — while also raising a family. Since Will is second in line for the throne, he probably has quite a bit of time before he becomes the king (longevity seems to run in the royal family). But he has still been preparing, and he takes his royal role seriously. Will is very polished and understands the importance of his role. And Kate stands beside him at every royal engagement, showing the same poise as her husband. By the time will is King, Kate will be just as well-versed in the monarchy as Will.

Prince Philip did not become king when Queen Elizabeth took the throne

When it comes to royal titles, things can quickly get complicated. Everyone knows that Queen Elizabeth’s husband is Prince Philip, not King Philip. This is because when the Sovereign is a female, her husband does not take a new title when she takes the throne. Therefore, when Elizabeth became the queen, Philip remained a prince and had no new title assigned to him at his wife’s Coronation ceremony.

Kate Middleton will become the ‘Queen Consort’ when Will is crowned

While Philip may not have become king, it doesn’t work the same way for Kate. Wives of kings can become queens, but husbands of queens cannot become kings. So, when Will takes the throne, Kate will become what is known as the Queen Consort. She will essentially embody all that comes with being queen, but she isn’t the official Sovereign ruler, so the term “consort” is used alongside her title. However, to the public, she will be known as Queen Catherine while Will rules. She will be anointed with him at his Coronation ceremony.

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Kate Middleton will become Queen Consort when William becomes King. | Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images

In contrast, Camilla likely will not become queen when Prince Charles takes the throne

While most wives of kings do become queens, it isn’t mandatory. The royal family can decide otherwise and have the wife of the king remain with her current title after his Coronation ceremony. In the case of Camilla Parker Bowles, the royal family will most likely not make her Queen Camilla. Since Camilla has never had a good reputation with the public or with the royal family (although she seems to have grown on everyone a bit through the years), she likely will remain Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall after Charles becomes the king. But that decision won’t be made until Queen Elizabeth steps down.

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