The only daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is currently known as Princess Charlotte, but her title could undergo a dramatic change in the case of a sad event.
- Prince William and Kate Middleton's only daughter could receive an entirely new name in the future, but only if the Royal Family loses one of its most prominent female members.
- The seven-year-old is currently known as Princess Charlotte, having been baptized Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge in 2013.
- In other royal news, Kate Middleton wows in 'absolutely perfect' head-to-toe baby blue outfit with matching sapphires.
Princess Charlotte may be known by an entirely different name in the future, a royal expert has claimed.
The only daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was baptized Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge shortly after her birth in 2013, but today is referred to simply as 'Princess Charlotte' (or 'mignonette', if you're going by Prince William's nickname for Charlotte.) It's understood, however, that her name could be changed permanently in the future - but only at the cost of another Royal Family member.
Apparently, Charlotte is set to inherit the title of Princess Royal when its current incumbent, Princess Anne, passes away. Once this happens, the seven-year-old will no longer be referred to by her birth name at formal events and will instead go by her late grand-aunt's title.
"The title of Princess Royal is traditionally bestowed on the eldest daughter of the monarch," royal expert Duncan Larcombe told Town and Country. "It is a title that remains for life, so Princess Charlotte will have to wait at least until the death of the current Princess Royal."
The title, Princess Royal, dates back to the 1600s and has since been awarded to seven different royal women, with Princess Anne being the latest to embrace the lofty moniker. Widely regarded as the highest honor a female member of the Royal Family can receive, it is not automatically given but instead officially bestowed at the discretion of the monarch.
Princess Anne, 71, became Princess Royal in 1987, succeeding Mary, Princess Royal and Countess of Harewood.
Emma is a Lifestyle News Writer for woman&home. Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, she mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.
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