Kate Middleton Is Not Known as the Duchess of Cambridge in Certain Parts of the UK
When it comes to Kate Middleton’s titles, royal watchers know her best as the Duchess of Cambridge, a title she received after tying the knot with Prince William in 2011. Although most fans recognize her as Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, she actually goes by a different name in certain parts of the United Kingdom. Here’s a look at all of Kate’s titles and why they change depending on the location.
Is Kate Middleton a princess?
Members of the royal family often get a slew of titles over time, some of which mark important milestones. For example, Queen Elizabeth usually grants new titles following weddings. In 2018, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle became the Duke and Duchess of Sussex after they got hitched, and Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson were named the Duke and Duchess of York following their wedding in 1986.
The rules are different, however, in regard to who is called a prince or princess. Only individuals who are born into the royal family carry those styles. This means that Kate will never be known as a princess, regardless of the fact that William will be the King someday.
That said, when William takes the crown, there is a good chance that Kate will receive the title of Queen Consort, something Camilla Parker Bowles will likely never get. When she exchanged vows with Prince Charles in 2005, Clarence House revealed that Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, will be called Princess Consort when Charles is on the throne.
As a side note, Princess Diana was not actually a princess. Her full title was Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales. The only reason she was known as Princess Diana was that the media referred to her as a princess and it stuck.
The Duchess of Cambridge has different titles depending on where she is in the world
Kate is best known as the Duchess of Cambridge, but she goes by a different title depending on where she is staying. According to Express, Kate’s title in Northern Ireland is Lady Carrickfergus while she goes by the Countess of Strathearn in Scotland.
Queen Elizabeth bestowed these titles on Kate upon her marriage to William in 2011. William holds the same titles as Kate, though he also has the style of a prince since he was born into the royal family.
Kate’s three children — Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis — also have HRH titles. But not all who are born into the royal family received HRH styles.
Princess Anne’s children — Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips — did not receive the titles of prince or princess when they were born, and neither did Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Harry’s son, Archie Harrison.
The reason they did not get these titles is that they are not grandchildren of the sovereign’s sons. Harry and Meghan also decided against giving Archie a royal title as they wanted him to have a more normal upbringing.
This will be Kate Middleton’s title when Prince William is king
Camilla’s complicated history with Charles is why she will probably not get the title of Queen Consort once he is on the throne. When he was still married to Diana, Charles and Camilla had an ongoing affair that destroyed his marriage and damaged their public image.
Although they have worked hard to rebuild their public image, naming Camilla Queen Consort remains a touchy subject in the UK. This is one reason why Clarence House has already issued a statement regarding Camilla’s future title.
Kate, on the other hand, does not have to worry about facing that sort of backlash. In an interview with Express, royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams explained why he believes Kate will be the next Queen Consort, not Camilla.
“Camilla’s become popular in the country because they realize that she does a good job,” he shared, adding that her future title is “an issue which is hypersensitive and remains a problem. Kate will be Queen Consort without any question.”
Kate Middleton has not commented on the reports surrounding her titles. William is currently second in line to the throne following Charles.