What will Kate Middleton’s title be when Prince William becomes king

Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, will not automatically be named Queen when Prince William becomes the ruling monarch of the United Kingdom.

The 37-year-old royal will assume the title of a Queen consort, as reported by Independent UK.

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, is technically a prince consort of Queen Elizabeth II, but unlike Prince Albert, he was awarded the official title of Prince Consort.

“Unless decided otherwise, a Queen consort is crowned with the King, in a similar but simpler ceremony,” the palace explained in its official website.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, is next in line to the throne after his father. His great-grandmother, The Queen Mother, is currently the ruling monarch.

DIFFERENT RULES

But the rules are different for male and female spouses of a British monarch.

If a Queen with a husband is crowned as the reigning monarch, her husband would neither become a King nor a King consort.

Following the death of her father King George VI in 1952, Queen Elizabeth II was crowned. Her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, was made a consort but he wasn’t crowned with the Queen at her coronation ceremony.

But in the past, a male consort was given the higher title of Prince Consort.

Prince Albert was awarded the title of Prince Consort in 1857, following 20 years of Queen Victoria’s reign. He was her husband and consort.

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, is technically a prince consort of Queen Elizabeth II, but unlike Prince Albert, he was awarded the official title of Prince Consort.

SPECULATIONS ON ROYAL TITLES

The Clarence House previously revealed that Camilla Parker Bowles, after marrying Prince Charles in 2005, would receive the title of The Princess Consort, rather than Queen consort, when Princess Charles assumes as the ruling monarch. But the Clarence House removed this statement from its website in 2018.

Royal observers have been guessing what royal title Kate Middleton will receive once Prince Charles is crowned the King.

William will likely get the title Prince of Wales, the title given to the heir apparent since the 14th century.

In turn, Kate will become Catherine, Princess of Wales - just like her deceased mother-in-law.

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