Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is a member of the Royal family and wife of Prince William, who is expected to become King of the United Kingdom and 15 other Commonwealth realms. However, Kate Middleton won’t get the title of Queen. How so? Well, keep reading to find out why.
This might sound very complicated, but have a look at how complex the relationship between a Duke and Prince, and a Duchess or Princess is. Kate’s sister-in-law, Meghan, gained the title of Duchess when she got married to Prince Harry and that’s probably it. Meghan will likely have this title for the rest of her life, as long as Prince William and his children remain on the throne.
Nevertheless, it seems to be a bit more complicated for Kate Middleton. Her current title is Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge. This title is used in the UK, but when she goes to Scotland, her title is the Countess of Strathearn. On the other hand, her title in Northern Ireland is Lady Carrickfergus.
As soon as Prince William takes over the throne, which won’t be anytime soon as the Queen is still alive and Prince Charles is next in line, Kate will gain a new title. However, it won’t be Queen, but rather Queen Consort.
The world will know her as Queen Catherine, but her official title will be Queen consort. The reason for this title is the fact that she will be the wife of a reigning king. Moreover, she wasn’t born into the family, but she’s married into it. Only women who have been born in the Royal family can ever be a Queen. So, for instance, Charlotte, Kate and William’s daughter, can be a Queen.
When Kate becomes Queen consort, she will continue supporting her husband and his duties. Moreover, she will keep her appearances all over the world and will definitely keep serving as patron to her charities.
However, if Kate outlives her husband, she can ask Prince George, who will likely be the King, to be styled as HM Queen Catherine, the Queen Mother.
Anyhow, we will have to wait a long time to see what will happen to the British Royal family.