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Kate to be Duchess?


I will be the first to admit that aspects of the royal wedding have been a guilty pleasure of mine since William and Kate announced their engagement in November. Maybe it's because I truly adored Diana and always wished I saw her wedding to Charles (even though we all know how well that ended!). Maybe it's because, like almost every other girl, there's a princess deep within me who has always been awed by fairy tales, Disney movies, and happy endings.

But today I read something that crushed the heart of that little princess that lives deep within me. Because all my life I had thought a girl who marries a prince automatically becomes princess. I've learned that Kate will be duchess, not a princess. Although her title of course depends on what the Queen decides to give her. I'm under the impression now that since William is not yet the Prince of Wales (that's up to Charles to decide to make William the Prince of Wales when he becomes King anyway), she will likely be reffered to as duchess or Her Royal Highness Princess William, then later Catherine Princess of Wales. Although the public will always know her as Princess Catherine (or Kate) just like Diana was known as Princess Diana.

Anyway, it's all very confusing but in the end her title is up to the Queen, and she's technically not a princess unless given the title. It's just so disappointing to my inner princess that she can't automatically be princess!
What are your thoughts on this ladies? Also, if anyone knows more info about this, please share because I don't think I'm 100% clear on what's happening.

Read the articles here and here.
Apr 08, 2011 @ 11:43 am

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I'll be the second to admit to a slightly-more-than-is-probably-healthy obsession with the Royal Wedding. I can't believe it's on a Friday! I think lots of people will be calling in sick that day so they can stay home and watch it all unfold live.

I'm not too sure how it all works, but I'm sure the titles and whatnot are based on centuries of tradition. I wonder if it's to do with the fact that William is the son of a prince, not the son of a king?
Apr 08, 2011 @ 12:28 pm

No work for me on April 29th!

That's what I'm also wondering. I'm guessing that she is still a princess technically, but legally she can't be Princess Catherine. She has to use William's name until she is queen. I really don't know. But either way she'll always be known as Princess Catherine/Kate to the public. Apparently a duchess is higher in rank than a princess? And I will definitely be one of those people calling in sick to work on April 29th ; )

Apr 08, 2011 @ 12:32 pm

I`m a princess.. I don`t need the Queen`s approval

My initial thought was the same- I think it`s because he isn`t the son of a king.
beachbabe I`m with ya, my inner princess is a little sad too.
Apr 08, 2011 @ 12:58 pm

land owner, maybe?

I think a dukedom (Duke/Duchess) gets you a duchy, which is a territory - land, basically. Becoming a Prince/Princess doesn't automatically give you land in your own right (other than what you inherit), so maybe that's why. In the olden days, the Dukes had vast lands, castles, and people under their control to command private armies and such, whereas Princes and Princesses just lived with Mom & Pop in the castle and had basically nothing. That's why it's common for the King/Queen to grant a ducal title as a wedding present.

I could be totally off :/
Apr 08, 2011 @ 12:59 pm

Princess Rebekah

@laurenblair - I like the title of your reply. I'm also a princess. Have been my whole life. My real name is Rebekah, so when I get into Disney watching mode (which happens often) my husband calls me Princess Rebekah. And I have to admit, I like the sound of it!

@mamluv - that makes sense! You're a smartie ;)
Apr 08, 2011 @ 01:06 pm

love this!!

Princess Lauren and Princess Rebekah ...Love it!! <3 :)

When I was very little (think 5) I honestly; really truly honesty with all my heart believed i WAS a princess. In grade 1 I went around telling everyone "in my country I'm a princess" (and because I tend to take things a bit far) "and my parents are the king and queen". I think some of the kids (and teachers!) actually believed me. Hey, I believed me!!

Princess me... ;-) Love it!

@mamaluv, I think you're totally right...at least that's what I gleaned off the historical (romance) novels I've read hehe :-)
Apr 11, 2011 @ 04:50 pm

Cool little fyi's about the future princess/duchess :)

Came across this and thought you girls might enjoy it: here
Apr 14, 2011 @ 11:00 am


Thanks for sharing Becky :)
Apr 14, 2011 @ 11:16 am

Movies influenced me.

@beachbabe and @becky - I was a princess ever since I watch "A Little Princess" when I was 5 or 6. The little girl tells all of the other little girls in the orphanage that they are all princesses no matter what!

Apr 14, 2011 @ 11:21 am


I remember that movie! It was one of my favorites. I'm definitely a princess in my heart, I always have been!
Apr 14, 2011 @ 11:23 am

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