Will Kate Middleton Become Queen? Here’s What We Know

It’s been over two years since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepped away from their official duties. And now that Queen Elizabeth has sadly passed away, we can’t stop thinking about what’s next for the royal family. For example, will Kate Middleton become queen?

While the answer is yes (sort of), it obviously won’t happen for quite some time, since her father-in-law, King Charles, just ascended the throne. Here’s what you need to know.

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1. Will Kate Middleton Become Queen?

This is a loaded question, but the straightforward answer is yes. Princess Catherine will eventually become queen when Prince William is named king. However, that won’t happen until his dad, King Charles, steps down as monarch (or passes away). 

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2. Will Kate Middleton be Called ‘Queen’?

Not really. If everything goes as planned, the Princess of Wales will likely receive the title of queen consort. According to the official royal family website, it’s tradition for royals-by-marriage to become consorts. For example, Camilla Parker Bowles is technically the Queen Consort to King Charles.

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3. When Will Kate Middleton Become Queen?

We don’t have an exact answer, but it will likely happen in our lifetime. You see, King Charles is already 73 years old, so he won’t have a historically long rule like Queen Elizabeth. This means Prince William and Princess Catherine could become king and queen consort in another decade or two. You know, right when their three children—Prince George (9), Princess Charlotte (7) and Prince Louis (4)—are in their prime teenage years or early 20s.

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