Kate Middleton will become Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge when she marries Prince William on Friday, Buckingham Palace announced in a statement.
Buckingham Palace says Prince William and Kate Middleton will receive the titles of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Prince William, 28, thus becomes His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge and Catherine Middleton, 29, on marriage will become Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge, the palace announced.
The palace recounted the history of the dukedom of Cambridge, earldom of Strathearn and and barony of Carrickfergus.
In 1706, George Augustus (subsequently George II) the only son of George Ludwig, Elector of Hanover (subsequently George I of Great Britain) was created with other titles Duke of Cambridge.
The first officially recognized Duke of Cambridge was James Stuart (1663 – 1667). Stuart, the son of the Duke of York, was granted the title in 1664. He, too, died young.
Looking ahead, when William's father, Prince Charles, accedes to the throne it is expected that he will make his eldest son the Prince of Wales. If that happens, Middleton would become the Princess of Wales, the title used by William's late mother, Princess Diana.
His father and grandfather both Richard Plantagenet were both Earls of Cambridge and the latter was also Duke of York.
Edmund of Langley, 5th son of Edward III and great-grandfather of Edward IV, was created Earl of Cambridge in 1362 and Duke of York in 1385.
The Dukedom of Cambridge created in 1801 became extinct on the death of the 2nd Duke of Cambridge in 1904.
Cambridge existed as a Marquessate from 1917 when it was conferred on Queen Mary's brother till 1981 when the 2nd Marquess died and the title became extinct.
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