Hopefully, we’re still a long way away from having to do this, but we’re going to report on some very interesting sentimental news related to the day that the British crown passes from Queen Elizabeth II to Prince Charles. There will certainly be a lot of shake-ups when the day arrives, but Marie Claire has reminded us that among the many things that will change as Prince Charles ascends to the throne, the Duchess of Cambridge, more commonly known as Kate Middleton, will get a new title — and you already know what it is.
According to Marie Claire, when the day arrives, Kate will get to slough off her current title and assume a new one: Princess of Wales. Now, this will match her husband’s title change, as Prince William will assume the title of Prince of Wales and will ditch his current title, the Duke of Cambridge, in the process. Prince Charles will assume a much grander title as the U.K. monarch, and he may possibly change his name (for example, his grandfather, King George VI, was born Albert Frederick Arthur George), but we won’t know that until the actual time comes.
But back to Kate. The title Princess of Wales is, as most of you know, pretty loaded, emotionally speaking. The last woman to hold that title was the late Princess Diana and that was over 20 years ago. As Marie Claire dutifully notes, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, chose not to take the title Princess of Wales when she married Charles in 2005. While it’s never been confirmed, many believe this was done out of respect for Diana’s memory.