Middleton currently holds the title of Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge, which the 94-year-old monarch bestowed on her the day that she married Prince William at Westminster Abbey back in 2011. However, this isn’t the only title she will have in her lifetime.
Per royal tradition, Prince William will inherit his father’s title, Prince of Wales, when Charles takes over the throne. This means the mother of three will likely ditch her Duchess of Cambridge title for something more sentimental: the Princess of Wales.
If the moniker sounds familiar, you should know that it previously belonged to the late Princess Diana. She inherited the title when she married Prince Charles in 1981, and it has remained in retirement since her death in 1997. Technically, the title should have passed to Charles’s second wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, upon the couple’s wedding day. However, it was left in retirement out of respect to Lady Di and instead Parker Bowles formally goes by the Duchess of Cornwall. (Speaking of Cornwall, per Hello! magazine and royal expert Marlene Koenig, Middleton will also most likely add “Cornwall” to her titles when Parker Bowles becomes Princess Consort.)
Like Parker Bowles, Middleton also has the ability to opt against the title of Princess of Wales, however, assuming the queen gives her blessing, many royal fans expect that she will accept it as a way to honor her mother-in-law. (We can’t think of a more suitable successor.)
Nevertheless, only time will tell.
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