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The Hidden Meaning Behind Prince William & Kate Middleton’s Major New Titles

Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton, just received another new title. (And no, we’re not talking about the recent “Cornwall” addition.)

Today, King Charles III addressed the world for the first time since he ascended the throne after Queen Elizabeth’s passing. During his speech, the royal bestowed another moniker upon the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Cornwall: Prince and Princess of Wales.

“Today, I am proud to create him Prince of Wales,” King Charles said. “With Catherine beside him, our new Prince and Princess of Wales will, I know, continue to inspire and lead our national conversations.”

There’s a hidden, special meaning behind the new titles because they were previously held by King Charles and his late ex-wife, Princess Diana. (They received the monikers after their 1981 wedding.)

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Still, this isn’t the only title change that Prince William and Middleton have undergone since the queen’s passing. They also received an update to the moniker they’ve used since they tied the knot: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Cornwall.

The “Duchess of Cornwall” title was previously held by King Charles’s wife, Camilla Parker Bowles. (FYI, she’ll no longer use it now that she’s queen consort.)

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In his heartfelt speech, King Charles thanked Queen Elizabeth for 70 years of service and promised to carry on her legacy. “My beloved mother was an inspiration, an example to me and to all my family,” he said. “And we owe her the most heartfelt debt any family could owe to a mother for her love affection, guidance, understanding and example.”

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The next chapter has officially begun.

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