Why Duchess Catherine may not inherit the same title as Princess Diana

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  • Duchess Catherine became the Duchess of Cambridge when she married Prince William in 2011.


    William’s late mother, Lady Diana Spencer, married Charles, Prince of Wales in 1981 at Westminster Abbey.

    She then inherited the title, Diana, Princess of Wales – though she was affectionately known as simply Princess Diana.

    Will Duchess Catherine become Princess of Wales?

    When Prince William becomes Prince of Wales – when dad Charles becomes King – Kate will have the right to have the title Catherine, Princess of Wales, like Diana did.

    But the title of Princess of Wales is not automatic for Kate, as the title of Prince of Wales must be awarded by the monarch.

    So when Prince Charles becomes King, it will be up to him to appoint Prince William as Prince of Wales.

    William is currently second-in-line to the British throne after his father.

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    Today The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, together with The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, to meet patients and staff. DMRC Stanford Hall rehabilitates some of the most seriously injured members of the British Armed Forces, whilst also helping to return those who have been injured in the course of training to work. Facilities at the centre includes gyms, swimming and hydrotherapy pools, alongside social spaces and places for relaxation. DMRC Stanford Hall is part of the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC) programme, which was spearheaded by the late Duke of Westminster to provide 21st century clinical rehabilitation for the Armed Forces and the Nation on the Stanford Hall estate — In 2018 The Duke of Cambridge attended a special ceremony as the Defence facility was handed over to the nation by the current The Duke of Westminster. Photos © PA

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    When he eventually becomes King, Duchess Catherine will become the Queen Consort.

    Unlike our current monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, who was born a Princess, Kate will not be an official Queen.

    After Prince William becomes King, it is likely Prince George will become the Prince of Wales, as he would be next in line to the throne.

    This comes after it was revealed that Prince William does not wear a wedding ring, simply because he does not like jewellery.

    He made the decision when marrying Catherine that he wouldn’t wear a wedding ring.

    Prince William takes after his grandfather Prince Philip in this way. The Queen’s husband has never worn a wedding ring during their 72-year marriage.

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