Prince William’s Title Is About to Change in Wake of the Queen’s Passing

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Queen Elizabeth II has passed away at the age of 96, and there have been ripple effects within the British royal family’s structure. On top of Prince Charles immediately becoming King Charles (despite his coronation being months away), Prince William’s titles are expected to change from Duke of Cambridge to Prince of Wales/Duke of Cornwall—titles his father held before ascending the throne.

The title of Prince of Wales is traditionally given to the heir apparent—although it has to be granted, so it could technically be given to someone else (though his is unlikely). Actually, the title fully “ceases to exist” when the previous Prince of Wales becomes king, which means right now no one is Prince of Wales until Charles gets around to giving the title to William. Meanwhile, the title Duke of Cornwall traditionally goes to the eldest son of the monarch, which is definitely Prince William.

When Prince William becomes Prince of Wales, Kate Middleton will become the Princess of Wales, a title last held by Princess Diana because Duchess Camilla chose not to use it out of respect. Kate is expected to take on the title, with a source telling The Telegraph in January 2022, “It’s hard to see it not happening. I’m sure it’ll be a bit of a bittersweet moment. This is her [Diana’s] son and his wife, so in some ways, it will be coming full circle—but it will also be a poignant reminder of what we all lost.”

Kate will also become the new Duchess of Cornwall, as well as the Duchess of Rothesay (a Scottish title currently held by Camilla).

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