The Royal Family has held incredibly important official titles dating back centuries and to this day, but what may not be obvious at first glance is that the royals don’t hold just one title – but several.
Catherine Middleton married Prince William on April 29, 2011, thus marrying into the Royal Family and receiving not one, but three titles.
As a wedding gift, Her Majesty the Queen granted them a dukedom, with William and Kate becoming the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Less well known are the titles Kate uses on various special occasions. When she visits Scotland she uses the title Countess of Strathearn and is known as Lady Carrickfergus in Northern Ireland.
Prince William also received the same titles, adding Earl of Strathearn and Baron Carrickfergus to his list.
However, the Duchess of Cambridge is likely not to hold that title for the rest of her life, taking on other senior titles as she prepares for her future in the Royal Family.
When the Queen passes and Prince Charles ascends to the throne, William and Kate will see a huge change in the way they are styled, most likely having the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge title going back to the crown to be redistributed.
Kate will then become the Princess of Wales once William has had his official Prince of Wales ceremony at Caernarfon Castle, officially styled as Catherine, Princess of Wales.
Catherine will also hold the titles Countess of Chester, Duchess of Cornwall, Duchess of Rothesay, Countess of Carrick and Baroness of Renfrew.
The royal couple’s three little royals will, of course, also see a change. From the moment Charles becomes King to when the Prince of Wales ceremony is held they will be known as Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis of Cornwall and Cambridge.
But this won’t be the end of changes, following the investiture and until they marry, the little royals will be known as Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis of Wales.
Kate will likely see another round of changes when William becomes king, he will likely be reigning as King William V, but there are questions as to what Kate’s title will be.
Tradition holds that she will take the title of Queen Consort, however, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall wishes to be styled as Princess Consort when Prince Charles is on the throne. Only time will tell whether Kate will follow tradition, or follow Camilla’s precedent.