Kate’s full royal title explained
Kate’s formal royal title is HRH Princess William, Duchess of Cambridge however she is better known as the Duchess of Cambridge.
Explaining the style by which royal wives are titled, constitutional expert Iain MacMarthanne said: “Of the present crop of royal wives, whose husbands hold peerages, they do as a courtesy have the title Princess but not in their own name.
“As an example, and in the case of the Duchess of Cambridge, her formal title is HRH Princess William, Duchess of Cambridge.
“At no point should her own Christian name be appended to any of her royal titles as they areal derived from her husband in consequence of her marriage.”
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However, as well as being a duchess and Britain’s future Queen Consort, Kate holds a host of other honours too.
Kate, Duchess of Cambridge’s royal honours in full
December 5, 2017: Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II Royal Victorian Order
April 29, 2019: Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order
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As well as receiving honours in the UK, Kate has been given honorary posts in Commonwealth countries too.
Tuvalu October 2016: Tuvalu Order of Merit
Honorary military appointments
As with all senior members of the Royal Family, the Duchess holds more than one ceremonial military post.
July 2011 – present: Canadian Ranger
December 16, 2015 – present: Honorary Air Commandant of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets
Ontario: Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Award, University of Waterloo, Waterloo
Coat of Arms
In 2013, the Queen granted a conjugal coat of arms to Prince William and Kate.
The special arms consists of their individual arms displayed side by side, beneath a helm and coronet denoting the duke’s status as the grandson of the sovereign.
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Royal peerages usually pass down the male line of the family, however, this is unlikely to happen with the dukedom of Cambridge a royal expert has claimed.
Rather than making their eldest son Prince George the Duke of Cambridge when William becomes king, the title will likely be absorbed by the crown and go out of circulation.
Mr MacMarthanne said: “When William becomes King, the dukedom of Cambridge will merge with the crown.”
He added: “As has previously been the case, when the dukedom of Cambridge is merged with the crown, it will be free to be used as and when decided by the monarch.
“It would be unusual for it to be given to Prince Louis in time. The passing of a title to a younger son, as is being contemplated with the dukedom of Edinburgh is to keep that title alive, which otherwise would itself eventually become merged with the crown with Charles becoming king.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK