Queen Elizabeth II died on Thursday September 8, 2022 at Balmoral.
As a result, several members of the royal family are given new titles.
Prince William and Kate Middleton notably become Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge.
The end of an era. This Friday, September 8, 2022, Queen Elizabeth II of England died surrounded by her loved ones while staying at Balmoral Castle, Scotland. “The Queen passed away peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon,” a statement from the Royal Family read at around 6.30pm local time. “The King and Queen consort (titles now designating Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, editor’s note) will stay at Balmoral tonight and return to London tomorrow.”
The deceased Queen, several members of the British royal family inherit new titles. This is obviously the case of Prince Charles, who becomes His Majesty King Charles III, but also of his son, Prince William. Since the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton, are the new Duke and Duchess of Cornwall. Indeed, the Duchy of Cornwall is always awarded to the eldest son of the incumbent sovereign. King Charles III held it himself until the death of his mother on 8 September. Note that William and Kate remain Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and will probably remain so until the prince’s accession to the throne.
Prince William and Kate Middleton future Prince and Princess of Wales?
With the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William and Kate Middleton could inherit other prestigious titles: those of Prince and Princess of Wales. It is indeed traditional that the heir to the throne bears the title of Prince of Wales. However, the allocation of the latter is not regulated and will only take place if the new King Charles III so decides. So it could take several years.
For information, the body of Queen Elizabeth II will soon be repatriated to London after a visit to Edinburgh, to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. The date of his funeral has not yet been officially announced.
Prince William and Kate Middleton © Agency