While the British Monarchy expands further and titles are handed to the individuals next in line, other family members would also rise in rank. Here is what Kate Middleton would be known as once Prince Charles becomes king.
Charles, the Prince of Wales, is known as the longest-serving heir apparent in the British royal family. However, once he becomes the king, his immediate family members would also rise through the ranks.
One such person is Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge. During her wedding to Prince William, Middleton was bestowed with the title of Duchess of Cambridge, Countess of Strathearn, and Lady Carrickfergus.
Some senior members of the royal family watch a plane fly past during the Trooping the Colour at The Mall on June 11, 2016 in London, England | Photo: Getty Images
However, once Prince Charles becomes the king, Middleton would be named Kate, the Princess of Wales. This is so because her husband, Prince William, would become the Prince of Wales.
The only other Princess of Wales whose title rings a bell through history is the late Princess Diana. Naturally, her title was supposed to pass to Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, but she refused it as an honor to Diana.
A note to be taken is that Middleton would not be known as Princess Kate. This is because she is not a direct descendant of the royal house but instead bound to the title through marriage.
The line of succession has been affected by the baby boom experienced in the monarchy recently.
Princess Diana was also not a direct descendant of the royal house in her lifetime, but by virtue of the immense love that the public had for her, she became Princess Diana, the Princess of Wales.
However, Kate can be called Princess through her husband, which translates to her becoming Princess William. In the same vein Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, is also Princess Henry.
According to royal expert Andrew Morton, after the death of Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh title will move on to Prince Charles. However, when Charles becomes the king, the Duke's title is likely to be passed to Prince William.
Morton, however, noted that there have been talks that when Charles becomes king, the Duke of Edinburgh title will probably pass on to the Queen's fourth child, Prince Edward. This is so because Edward has been in charge of the Duke of Edinburgh's award.
The line of succession has been affected by the baby boom experienced in the monarchy recently. Before the 2010s, Prince Charles was the next in line, followed by his oldest son, Prince William, and then Prince Harry, coming in at the third.
However, after William had his kids, the succession shifted, making Prince Harry sixth in line to the throne. Now that Harry has become a father, his son is 7th inline shifting Prince Andrew a number lower.