Prince William and Kate Middleton honoured with two new titles following the Queen's death

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Photo credit: Samir Hussein - Getty Images

Following the very sad news that the Queen has passed away at the age of 96, Prince William and his wife of over a decade, Catherine Duchess of Cambridge (also widely known as Kate Middleton) have inherited new titles.

As is custom once the reigning monarch passes on, those in the line of succession move up a place and titles are passed down. Previously, the couple were known simply as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (or as the Earl and Countess of Strathearn while in Scotland, or Baron and Lady Carrickfergus when in Northern Ireland). Now, they have adopted the monikers Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge, and the Prince and Princess of Wales.

Previously, King Charles III (formerly known as Prince Charles until his mother's death on 8 September) and his wife, Camilla, who is now the Queen Consort, held the title of 'Duke and Duchess of Cornwall'.

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What is Prince William's new title?

In her first official public speech, King Charles III declared that Prince William has been granted the title of Prince of Wales, an honour given to the heir apparent (which he now is, as his father is King). Catherine was also gifted the title of Princess of Wales too, which is especially poignant, given the last Princess of Wales was Prince William's mother, Princess Diana, who tragically died 25 years ago.

That title was not passed on to Camilla, Queen Consort, as a mark of respect.

Addressing the nation, His Majesty said, "As my heir, William now assumes the Scottish titles which has meant so much to me. He succeeds me as Duke of Cornwall [...] Today I am proud to create him Prince of Wales, the country whose title I have been so greatly privileged to bear during so much of my life and duty.

"With Catherine beside him, our new Prince and Princess of Wales will, I know, continue to inspire and lead our national conversations, helping to bring the marginal to the centre ground, where vital help can be given."

The newly christened Prince and Princess of Wales have already updated the bios on their social channels to reflect this new change:

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Photo credit: Instagram

Only yesterday, the couple briefly updated their social accounts to the 'Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge':

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Photo credit: Getty Images

Prince William has now left Balmoral and returned back to his family, Catherine remained at home with their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, who all started back at school this week.

Our thoughts are with all of the Queen's loved ones during this very sad time.

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