Not to start this off on a sombre note but despite how invincible we think she is, Queen Elizabeth will eventually pass away. And once Prince Charles becomes the King of England, the line of succession shifts — as will some titles. Since by that point Charles will no longer be the Prince of Wales, that title will be passed on to his eldest son, Prince William, as it is given to the heir apparent to the throne, a protocol that has been in place for centuries, reports the Daily Mail.
So when Will becomes the Prince of Wales, what does that mean for Duchess Kate? Please. You totally know where we’re going with this so we understand if you’re about to get a little emotional.
Yep, you got it. Kate will likely become the Princess of Wales — just like Diana, the late mother-in-law she never knew.
While Charles’ wife, Camilla, is technically the current Princess of Wales, she opted to use her husband’s Cornwall title, thus making her the Duchess of Cornwall — purely out of respect for Diana, adds the Mail.
According to the paper, however, Kate, unlike Camilla, “will take and use the title of Princess of Wales.”
But that doesn’t make Kate an actual princess; that honour (Prince or Princess) is reserved for those born into the Royal Family (think William, Harry, Eugenie and Beatrice). Diana was never “Princess Diana” anyway (though most of the world referred to her that way). Rather, she was Diana, the Princess of Wales — a slight but clear distinction.
So Kate will eventually become Catherine, the Princess of Wales. Sweet, right? Eventually, though, it should be pointed out, once William becomes the King of England, Kate’s title will change once again and she’ll become Her Majesty Queen Consort Catherine VI. Quite the mouthful, no? It doesn’t have the same ring to it as the Princess of Wales, nor does it have the same emotional impact, but we’re sure she’ll be OK with it.
And with that promotion, that’ll bump Will and Kate’s eldest son, Prince George, to the Prince of Wales title, meaning whomever he marries (IF he marries) will become the next Princess of Wales. And so on. But that’s decades from now. Kate will hopefully be the Duchess of Cambridge for years to come. Long Live the Queen!