The Duchess of Cambridge will receive Princess Diana’s former title, Princess of Wales, according to an announcement from the King.
In his first address to the nation as sovereign, King Charles III announced that his former title, the Prince of Wales would be passed onto his eldest son, Prince William, while Kate would become the Princess of Wales.
The title was last held by Prince William’s mother, Diana, Princess of Wales and will now be used for the first time since her passing.
In his speech on the evening of Friday 9 September, the King announced that Prince William would not only succeed him as Duke of Cornwall but stated; “today, I am proud to create him Prince of Wales,” adding that it was a title the King had been “so privileged to bear during so much of [his] life and duty.”
Turning his focus to Prince William’s wife, the King said, “with Catherine beside him our new Prince and Princess of Wales will, I know, continue to inspire and lead our national conversations,” therefore confirming Kate’s title.
During his address, the King also spoke of his “profound sorrow” following the loss of his “beloved mother”. King Charles III described the Queen as “an inspiration and example to me and to all my family.” He added that the royal family owed her the “most heartfelt debt any family could owe to their mother.”
You can watch his full address below:
Full details of the Queen’s state funeral have not yet been confirmed by the palace, but a service is expected to take place at Westminster Abbey. Members of the public will be able to pay their respects in person in the days before the funeral, when Her Majesty will be lying-in-state.
Before then, flowers are being accepted at a number of royal residences and books of condolence are being set up at a range of local locations, as well as online.
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