Alex asked in Society & CultureRoyalty · 1 decade ago

Prince William and Kate Middleton?

i saw somewhere that when the couple marries they ''maybe'' will get the titles of Dukes of Cambridge,but i was thinking,can the prince have 2 titles? because he already is Prince of Wales and Kate would get Princess of Wales or Duchess of Wales right? someone get me out of this doubt haha

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    William is not the Prince of Wales. His father Charles is.

    Of course Prince William can have two titles, and therefore so can his wife, but one of those titles CANNOT be "Prince of Wales". The title of "Prince of Wales" belongs NOT to William but to Willliam's father. It cannot belong to William as long as his father holds it, which will be either until Prince Charles dies or until Charles succeeds his mother on the throne and becomes the King.

    William's current title is "Prince William of Wales," which indicates that he is the son of the Prince of Wales. The two titles are different; they do not mean the same thing.

    Prince William can be "His Royal Highness, Prince William of Wales, Duke/Earl of Whatever". The ducal or earl's title would be a royal peerage, and such peerages are a greater honor than being merely a prince, so William and his wife would be officially known as "Their Royal Highnesses, Prince and Princess William of Wales, the Duke and Duchess (or Earl and Countess) of Whatever"; the royal ducal or earl's title and wife's equivalent would be used both for simplicity's sake and because they are of higher status than merely "prince" and "princess". (Royal peers and their wives are also princes and princesses, but royal peerages mean more).

    By the way, Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, has a whole string of titles, and his wife, Camilla, is officially entitled to use all the female equivalents -- including "Princess of Wales". In fact, she uses only one, "Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cornwall". (Or, in Scotland, "Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Rothesay".)

    I might add that William will not automatically inherit the title of "Prince of Wales" on his father's accession to the throne or on his father's death if Charles predeceases the Queen. This title can be conferred only by the monarch, it is not an automatic inheritance, and it is not necessary for a man to be Prince of Wales before becoming king.

  • 1 decade ago

    Very possible to have more than one title.

    Prince Philip: Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, and Baron Greenwich

    Prince Andrew: Duke of York, Earl of Inverness, and Baron Killyleagh

    Prince Edward: Earl of Wessex and Viscount Severn (arrangement to be new Duke of Edinburgh once HM and Prince Philip pass on).

    HRH The Duke of Gloucester (Prince Richard): Duke of Gloucester, Earl of Ulster and Baron Culloden.

    HRH The Duke of Kent (Prince Edward): Duke of Kent, Earl of Saint Andrews, and Baron Downpatrick

    Note: Camillia is legally The Princess of Wales, but is officially known as The Duchess of Cornwall (Charles' second-highest title).

    Once Charles becomes King, William and Kate will be known as TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall. The Wales titles will have to be regranted (they don't descend to the eldest son, as other titles do).

    Kate becomes HRH Princess William immediately upon marriage. Any other titles are The Queen's decision. Possible: Cambridge, Clarence, Sussex (Cumberland and Albany have been suspeneded since 1919).

  • 1 decade ago

    Let's get one thing straight first. Prince William is NOT the Prince of Wales because his father is. He is A Prince of Wales. He is Prince William and happens to be allowed to attach "of Wales" to it because he is the son of the Prince of Wales. Therefore Kate will become Princess William of Wales. (NOT Princess of Wales because Camilla is the Princess of Wales, though she doesn't use the title out of public feeling about the late Diana.)

    Sorry if that's confusing but I had to mention it - you have to be precise with these titles to understand what's going on.

    Back to the main question - it's perfectly possible to have more than one. Prince Charles is Prince of Wales, Duke of Cornwall, Duke of Rothesay, Earl of Carrick, Earl of Chester, Baron Renfrew, and Prince and Great Steward of Scotland. All of those are automatic for the heir apparent to the throne except Prince of Wales and Earl of Chester, which are traditionally granted to the heir apparent to the throne anyway.

    It is the normal thing for the Queen to give another title to a Prince as a wedding present, usually Duke. (It was very unusual that Prince Edward was made only an Earl. There are five ranks of British nobility - Duke, Marquess, Earl, Viscount and Baron in that order.) Prince Andrew was made Duke of York, Earl of Inverness and Baron Killyleagh when he married Sarah Ferguson - Duke of York is traditional for the second son of the monarch - so he has 4 titles. Queen Elizabeth II herself was Princess Elizabeth of York when she was born because her father was the second son of the monarch and Duke of York.

    So it would be extremely surprising if, in fact, the Queen didn't give William a Royal Dukedom (which ranks above other Dukes) on his wedding day, especially as it is almost certain that he will be King one day. Duke of Cambridge is very possible as that has been used before on occasions like this. Other possibilities are Duke of Clarence or Duke of Sussex as they have also been used before and are currently vacant. No doubt the Queen has consulted with advisers on which one to choose. We shall just have to wait and see which one she picks. And whatever he gets, Kate Middleton will be the female version of the same thing.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Of course he can. The Prince of Wales has several.

    Prince Andrew is the Duke of York (two titles)

    Prince Edward is the Earl of Wessex (two titles)

    There's a woman in Spain who has, like over twenty titles...not sure exactly how many.

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