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What’s in a Royal Title?

What’s in a Royal Title?

If you’ve ever been on Twitter during a “what is Kate’s last name” debate, you know to stay far, far away from that fire. For whatever reason, the most hotly debated topic is Kate’s official title. On her wedding day, Catherine received a royal title befitting of her new royal status as the wife of Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Strathearn, Baron of Carrickfergus. Since then, she was no longer Kate Middleton, but rather Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, Countess of Strathearn, Baroness of Carrickfergus. 

The Duchess of Cambridge

 


When Kate married William, she became the Duchess of Cambridge. This is her main royal title and is used most often when in England and abroad on royal tours. 

The Dukedom of Cambridge was first used as a peerage in 1664. Over the next three centuries, “Cambridge” would become an earldom and marquessate as well. The Cambridge title has been held by many future monarchs and high profile royals, including George II and Edward IV. 

The title was – somewhat obviously – named after the city of Cambridge, which has been around since before Roman times. The town holds great prestige due to its long history, rich culture, and iconic university. 

The Countess of Strathearn

 


Kate’s title when she is in Scotland is the Countess of Strathearn. Since she will one day be the queen consort of Scotland, it is custom for heirs and their spouses to take on a “Scottish title” representing a region of the country. Prince William is the Earl of Strathearn and Catherine is the Countess of Strathearn. 

The first recorded Earl of Strathearn lived around 1138. The earl was the provincial leader of the district of Strathearn. It was not used as an official royal peerage until the 16th century. 

According to the Strathearn website: “Strathearn straddles both the Scottish Highlands and Lowlands – glens, lochs, mountains and open spaces to the north – rich farmland and towns on the lowlands to the south. This was originally one of Scotland’s ancient Celtic Earldoms, with the title Earl of Strathearn, however the title expired and the lands became used for royal hunting from the 12th Century. “

The Baroness of Carrickfergus 

 


When Catherine is in Northern Ireland, which is a province of the United Kingdom, she is called Lady Carrickfergus. The title is officially styled as “Baron Carrickfergus” for William and “Baroness Carrickfergus” for Catherine.

The title did not come into the history books until the mid-19th century, when it was bestowed upon the 3rd Marquess of Donegal. He was the only person to have been given the title, having died in 1883 with no heirs, until Prince William was given the peerage upon his marriage.

Carrickfergus is the oldest town in Country Antrim, with its history dating back to the 12th century. The town boasts a gorgeous Norman castle and picturesque marina and waterfront. It has had many touches with fame despite its unknown status, including acting as a dock for the Titanic and being the ancestral home of Andrew Jackson.

 

But is Kate a Princess?

 


Technically, yes. Kate is married to Prince William which does, technically, make her a princess. However, she is NOT Princess Kate. She is “Princess William.” The reason why is a complicated, confusing explanation including bloodlines, heirs, birthrights, and antiquated laws. She is a princess because she is married to a prince, similar to when Bridget marries Mark Darcy, she becomes a Darcy. 

 

So what’s her last name?

 


She does not have one. Period, no ifs, ands, or Middletons. As a married woman, Kate renounced her maiden name and took the name of her husband. Since Prince William – as a royal – does not have a last name, neither does Kate. When it is absolutely, positively required (which it hardly ever is), Catherine may use the name “Cambridge” or “Windsor.” These are not her surname, but names that she uses in place of a surname. 

In the future…

 


When Charles, the Prince of Wales, becomes sovereign, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be given the title Prince and Princess of Wales, the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall. Their titles (Cambridge) will return to the “title bank” for later use. When this happens, they will likely be called Prince William and Princess Catherine. Kate’s title will most likely be Catherine, Princess of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, followed by her other granted titles. Eventually, Catherine will become queen consort and everyone who called her “Waity Katie” will eat their words. 

The Royal Tour Dream Team

The Royal Tour Dream Team

The New Zealand and Australia Royal Tour is almost here! We are so excited to see the various events, wonderful cities, and photo opportunities (mostly of Prince George of the Chubby Cheeks, of course) during those three weeks down unda. Along with William, Kate, and George, there will be a professional team of royal aidesContinue Reading

Being the ‘New Girl’

Being the ‘New Girl’

We’ve all been the ‘new girl’ at some point in our lives, probably more than once – school, university, parties, at work. I’ve VERY recently started at a new job and I’m currently the ‘new girl’, but our favourite lady, Kate, has also been the new girl numerous times, not only at university when sheContinue Reading

Charity Single to be performed for Kate at Naomi House

Charity Single to be performed for Kate at Naomi House

On Monday, Kate will be visiting the Naomi House Children’s Hospice, a children’s respite care facility in Hampshire. Naomi House provides support to families of children living with limiting conditions through respite stays, hospice, and emergency support. Kate will tour the facilities and attend a tea party with some of the children staying at NaomiContinue Reading

Kate, William and Harry visit Warner Bros – Leavesden

Kate, William and Harry visit Warner Bros – Leavesden

Today, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry made a very exciting visit to Warner Brothers Studios in Leavesden. Potterheads were all abuzz for the event, as the Warner Brothers Studios in Leavesden is home to many Harry Potter sets and scenery. (Our contributor, Emma, was particularly enthused!) First on the agenda wasContinue Reading

Kate Official Engagement: NPG Reception for The Art Room

Kate Official Engagement: NPG Reception for The Art Room

This evening, the Duchess of Cambridge attended a reception at the National Portrait Gallery in support of one of her patronages, The Art Room. The event was designed to spotlight the organization, and to allow Kate to meet children who benefit from the program. The Art Room was one of Kate’s first patronages. The organizationContinue Reading

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It’s Back to Work I (and soon Kate) Go…

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It’s Back to Work I (and soon Kate) Go…

After the whole broken ankle fiasco, I finally made it back to work, officially, last week. This has meant two things for me: I’ve had to wake up early and get myself ready to leave the house before I’d even open my eyes before and that no matter what you do, going back to workContinue Reading

Working Girl: Time to Move On

I am certain we have all been there. You wake up one morning and you’re lying in bed, staring at the ceiling, and suddenly and all at once you hate your job. You don’t know how or why it happens, but one morning you really cannot stand it anymore. It takes all your effort toContinue Reading

New Things at WWKD

New Things at WWKD

What’s New at WWKD? There are a lot of changes going on at WWKD. We want to improve the website to make it more exciting for our readers. It’s still the same girls, the same content, and the same love for Kate, but with small changes. What does this mean for you, our loving readers?Continue Reading

Why Being a Princess is A Real Career… And How to Become One

Why Being a Princess is A Real Career… And How to Become One

I don’t normally watch episodes of Sesame Street, so forgive me for missing the news that Sonya Sotomayor was on recently and was discussing how girls needed to find a career- and how being a Princess was not a viable option. In case you did too, the video can be seen at the bottom ofContinue Reading

Get It Together : Making a List

I, like most people I imagine, wake up every morning with the best of intentions about how much I am going to accomplish during the day that lay ahead. Maybe today is the day I’ll knock things off my theoretical to-do list, finish that nagging chore or even take the time to organize some random cabinetContinue Reading

Finding the Perfect Kate-inspired Job

Finding the Perfect Kate-inspired Job

In today’s economy, finding a comfortable job is like finding the perfect pair of denim jeans. When you look at money, location, ideal qualities, you find yourself without jeans and without employment. You might find something that fits for a while, but with time, you find that wear has taken its toll. It is timeContinue Reading

Kate’s Fall(en) for Coats

Kate’s Fall(en) for Coats

Well friends, it’s been a rough couple of days for me with my beloved Mac having been in the Apple shop for a few days. What’s a blogger to do without a computer? As I discovered, they apparently obsessively call Apple and try to type posts on their iPads; unfortunately for me both were doneContinue Reading

Duchess Kim? Why a Kardashian Wants to Be Like Kate

Duchess Kim? Why a Kardashian Wants to Be Like Kate

Kim Kardashian is not exactly known for being shall we say a classy lady. If you don’t believe me, let’s remember the reason why she’s famous: a sex tape which was released and then spun into a reality series about her family which has now spun into Kardashian-mania. Her busty outfits, skimpy dresses and figureContinue Reading

Ants and Leeches and Paparazzi… Oh My!

We often think of the stereotypical Princess when we imagine what they must all be like. You know what I mean- spending the day between spas, shopping, teas and parties and the evenings amongst galas, premieres and other incredibly fancy soirées. It’s therefore not crazy that most people’s version of the Princess is that ofContinue Reading