As expected, the Queen conferred a dukedom on Prince William on the morning of his wedding. He is now HRH The Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Strathearn, and Baron Carrickfergus. When Kate Middleton married him, she became HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, Countess of Strathearn, and Baroness Carrickfergus instead of Princess William of Wales, as she would have been known if Prince William hadn’t been given a dukedom.
Today, 29 April 2011, was the day that royalty fans around the world had been waiting for for years: the day Prince William of Wales married long-term girlfriend Catherine (Kate) Middleton. Along with millions of viewers and thousands of fans in the streets of London, the Royal Universe team followed the royal wedding of the century.
The announcement that Prince William is to marry his longtime girlfriend Kate Middleton has led to speculation about the titles they’ll have when married and also about Kate’s precedence with respect to other royal ladies.
First, despite the claims by some royal watchers and reporters, Kate will almost certainly not be known as Princess Catherine of Wales.
It was announced from Clarence House this morning that Prince William has become engaged to his long-time girlfriend Catherine (Kate) Middleton. The press has been in a frenzy for several weeks predicting that an engagement was in the works, especially after a report in mid-October that the Royal Mint was preparing a commemorative wedding coin and after the couple were seen together at a friend’s wedding later in October.