Prince William and Kate Middleton are now the new Prince and Princess of Wales after Queen Elizabeth passed away on Thursday at the age of 96.
The couple, who received the title Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their wedding day in 2011, became the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Cornwall on Thursday.
On Friday, King Charles III, former Prince Charles, addressed the nation for the first time as a monarch. During his speech, he also announced new titles for William, who is next in line to the throne, and Kate.
“As heir William now assumes the Scottish titles which have meant so much to me,” the king said, adding that his eldest son “then succeeds me as Duke of Cornwall and assumes the responsibilities of the Duchy of Cornwall as I have been in business for over five decades.
Charles added he was ‘proud to create’ William as the new Prince of Wales, a ‘title which I have been privileged to bear for so much of my life and duty’.
“With Catherine by her side, our new Prince and Princess of Wales will – I know – continue to inspire and lead our national conversations, helping to bring the marginalized to the center where vital help can be given.”
The last person to use the title Princess of Wales was Princess Diana, who died in 1997. Although Camilla, now queen consort, also held the title, she did not use it.
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