Will Princess Charlotte be a Duchess?

As the future King of England’s daughter, Princess Charlotte was born with major royal status. But, like most members of the royal family, her title will change as she grows into her role in the monarchy. Will Princess Charlotte be a duchess one day? Up ahead, we take a closer look at her royal title, including how it could change throughout her life.

Princess Charlotte

Princess Charlotte was born with a royal title. | Ben STANSALL – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Princess Charlotte’s royal title

Being a blood royal typically means you get a royal title upon birth — and Princess Charlotte is no different. Prince William and Kate Middleton’s only daughter came into this world as Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge.

Her Royal Highness is a special status bestowed upon certain members of the royal family that marks their ranking in the royal family (monarchs and their consorts use the “Majesty” style in front of their title). Princess Charlotte also uses “Cambridge” in her royal title in honor of her parents’ official royal titles, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Will Princess Charlotte be Princess Royal?

Because of who her parents — specifically, her father — are, Princess Charlotte will likely play an important role in the royal family once she reaches adulthood. And, she will earn a shiny new royal title to match. Will Princess Charlotte be Princess Royal? It’s possible but won’t happen until her great aunt passes away.

Princess Royal is a title reserved for the eldest daughter of a monarch. So, once Prince William becomes king, Princess Charlotte will be eligible to receive such status. However, Princess Anne is the current title holder and will likely remain the Princess Royal until her death. Should Princess Anne still be alive when Prince William ascends the throne, he will have to wait for his aunt to pass before granting the status to his daughter.

Will Princess Charlotte be a duchess?

In addition to becoming Princess Royal, many want to know: Will Princess Charlotte be a duchess like her mother? While there is a possibility, some royal rules would have to change in order for that to happen. In addition, Princess Royal is a higher-ranking title, so if she is on deck to receive that title, she likely won’t become a duchess.

Dukedoms are reserved for the sons and grandsons of monarchs and, sometimes, members of other royal families. And, in order for a female royal to receive a dukedom, she must marry a duke. That means, there’s a good chance Princess Charlotte won’t become a duchess, unless she marries a royal or The Crown changes the rule to be more gender inclusive. If that happens, it wouldn’t be the first time the Mountbatten-Windsors have changed old protocol to benefit the young princess.

The monarchy recently changed succession rules to secure Princess Charlotte’s spot in line to the British throne. In the past, a younger brother would surpass a female member of the royal family. But, with the new law in effect, Princess Charlotte remains fourth in line despite having a younger brother.

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