KATE, DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE was given a royal title when she married Prince William in 2011. But there’s one royal privilege she can’t technically enjoy until she is Queen Consort.
Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, 38, took on her current title on her wedding day to Prince William, 38. Queen Elizabeth II gifted William the Dukedom of Cambridge for both he and Kate to use. While Kate (full name Catherine) is often referred to by her first name it won’t be officially included in her title for several years to come, a royal expert has claimed.
Kate is technically a Princess of the United Kingdom but she goes by her Duchess title instead.
Kate’s official royal title is “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge”, which does not include her first name.
While some people refer to the royal as Duchess Kate or Catherine this is technically incorrect.
According to one royal expert, Kate will only be able to use her first name after her title once she becomes Queen.
Queen Kate: Kate Middleton blocked from using royal privilege until she’s Queen (Image: GETTY)
Queen Kate: Kate became the Duchess of Cambridge and a Princess of the United Kingdom when she married William (Image: GETTY)
Prince William is second in line to the throne and will become King after Prince Charles.
When William is king Kate will take on a new royal title and be known as his Queen Consort.
Royal commentator and expert Marlene Koenig explained the royal rule.
Ms Koenig told Business Insider: “If the Queen had not created William a duke, Catherine would be styled as HRH Princess William of Wales.”
Queen Kate: Kate will have to wait until she is Queen for her first name to be used in her official title (Image: GETTY)
The royal expert explained the only time she will be able to use her first name after a title is when she becomes Queen consort.
When Prince William accedes to the throne, she will be known as Queen Catherine, according to Koenig.
The reason Kate was made a Duchess when she married Prince William is in keeping with a tradition that sees women assume their husband’s titles upon marriage.
The same does not work the opposite way around so that men do not take on the honorary titles of royal women when they marry.
This is why Prince Philip was created the Duke of Edinburgh ahead of his marriage to the Queen (then Princess Elizabeth.)
The custom also explains why neither Princess Eugenie nor Princess Beatrice’s husbands became princes when they married.
In some cases, royal women have been offered titles for their husbands as was the case with Princess Margaret whose husband Anthony Armstrong Jones became Earl of Snowden when they married.
Princess Anne was offered an Earldom for her first husband Captain Mark Phillips when they married but refused it.
Queen Kate: William and Kate are the future heads of the Royal Family (Image: GETTY)
Constitutional expert Iain MacMarthanne explained: “The Queen’s sister Margaret, became the Countess of Snowdon when her husband was created the Earl.
“Both Princess Alexandra of Kent and Princess Anne refused titles for their husbands and in consequence were also know as Mrs Ogilvy and Mrs Phillips respectively.”
When Prince William and Kate become king and Queen Consort it is expected that their Duke and Duchess of Cambridge titles will merge with the crown.
This means the dukedom of Cambridge is unlikely to be handed down to either of their sons.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK