King Charles III Gave Kate Middleton and Prince William New Titles (and We Almost Missed It)

Another day, another royal title

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Kate Middleton and Prince William were just named Princess and Prince of Wales last year after the death of Queen Elizabeth II. But it turns out that additional titles were bestowed upon the royal couple earlier this month as well—and we almost missed it.

“Following His Majesty’s Accession, The King is pleased to announce further military appointments for working Members of the Royal Family,” said a statement from Buckingham Palace, according to People. “The new appointments will continue to reflect the close relationship between the Armed Forces and the Royal Family in His Majesty’s reign.”

According to The Telegraph, King Charles III gave the couple new military appointments in addition to their existing titles after a reorganizing of roles within the family. William was named Colonel-in-Chief, The Mercian Regiment; Colonel-in-Chief, The Army Air Corps and Royal Honorary Air Commodore, RAF Valley. Kate was named Commodore-in-Chief of the Fleet Air Arm, Colonel-in-Chief of the 1st Queen’s Dragoon Guards and Royal Honorary Air Commodore of Royal Air Force Coningsby, which is Middleton’s first senior role with the Royal Air Force.

The title is of extra significance because her grandfather, Captain Peter Middleton, flew a two-month tour of South America with the late Prince Philip back in the 1960s. Prince William also flew as a RAF Search and Rescue pilot from 2010 to 2013.

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King Charles also became Sponsor of the HMS Queen Elizabeth, Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Tank Regiment, Captain General of the Royal Artillery, Captain General of the Honourable Artillery Company, Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, Royal Honorary Air Commodore of RAF Marham and Air Commodore-in-Chief of RAF Regiment. (Phew!)

Other royals received new titles as well, including Queen Camilla and Prince Edward. A few of the new appointments that were reassigned were those that were stripped from Prince Andrew in early 2022 after a sexual abuse lawsuit was filed against him. He’s denied any wrongdoing and settled out of court last February.

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