It is inevitable that one day the Queen will pass away, which will mean great changes to the whole hierarchy of the royal family. One thing that will most certainly have the biggest switch up is all the royal titles given to royal family members, so royal experts have asked the question: how will Kate Middleton’s title change?
When Kate married Prince William back in 2011 she was given the titles of Duchess of Cambridge, Countess of Strathearn, and Lady Carrickfergus by Queen Elizabeth II. When Prince Charles becomes king, her titles will change akin to those once held by Princess Diana.
With Charles as monarch, the title of Prince of Wales will go to Prince William, making Kate the Princess of Wales as well. Diana’s famous title was technically passed to Camilla Bowles when she finally married Charles, but out of respect, she uses the title of Duchess of Cornwall instead.
And after Charles, what will happen when Prince William himself becomes King of England?
Well, it seems that royal experts are not quite in agreement about this, with some thinking that she will simply be known as Queen Catherine, others are speculating that she will be referred to as the “Queen Consort“.
In the past many have hailed Kate as the ideal “Queen-in-waiting” and the perfect consort to her husband, the second-in-line to the British throne.
On a much more depressive note, one royal expert goes even further in the future, theorizing about a dark timeline where Prince William passes away and Kate gains Queen mother’s title.
According to royal author Marlene Koenig: “When [Prince] George is King, she can choose to be styled as HM Queen Catherine, the Queen Mother.”
Another question that pops up in this morbid discussion is where she will live, as Buckingham Palace is normally reserved for the Monarch and their consort.
When William gets crowned, the couple will relocate from Kensington Palace to Buckingham Palace, making it their new home and setting up all their operations base.
But in the possibility that Kate does become the Queen Mother, she could move to another royal residence. The last Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth the first, moved to Clarence house when her daughter, Queen Elizabeth II, took the throne in 1953.