Everyone knows about Kate Middleton’s official title as the Duchess of Cambridge. But she holds another title as well, which might sound a bit strange to many.
Middleton inherited several titles when she married Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge. However, since “Duchess” is one of the highest titles, she is rarely addressed by any other moniker.
According to In Style, one of such titles, which is rarely used to address her, is “Baroness of Carrickfergus.”
Considering how awkward and strange the name sounds, one may safely assume that the Duchess is better off not being addressed with this title.
The source further informed that Carrickfergus is a town in Northern Ireland, and the Cambridges were made the Baron and Baroness of the town following their wedding by Queen Elizabeth.
Therefore, Middleton inherited not just the title of Duchess of Cambridge following her marriage with Prince William, but she also became the Baroness of Carrickfergus.
Simultaneously, the Queen also made William and Middleton the Earl and Countess of Strathearn after their marriage.
However, the title of “Duke” and “Duchess” is superior to all those other titles so they can be safely omitted while addressing Prince William and Middleton.
In addition, Middleton will eventually hold yet another title when Prince Charles becomes the monarch. Under such circumstance, both Prince William and Middleton will have their royal titles upgraded.
According to a 2011 article by BBC, the custom of giving new titles to the member of the Royal Family on their wedding day is a long-standing tradition.
Previously, Prince Andrew also became the Duke of York and, simultaneously, held the titles of Earl of Inverness and Baron of Killyleagh.
Similarly, Prince Edward became the Earl of Wessex as well as Viscount Severn on his wedding day back in 1999.
Prince Charles, however, was an exception to this tradition as he did not take up additional titles following his wedding to Lady Diana Spencer in 1981.
But, at the time, he already held several titles including Prince of Wales, Earl of Carrick, Baron of Renfew, Lord of the Isles and Prince and Great Steward of Scotland and Earl of Chester.
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