Prince William, Kate Middleton, and Prince Charles have
distinct geographical titles.
All three have separate monikers for when they are in
William and Kate also have a title which is linked to
- Scroll down to find out what they are.
The top members of the British royal family are names we’re all
familiar with — or so we think.
Though we hear about the likes of William, Kate, Harry, and
Charles all the time, they also have alternative monikers most
people won’t be aware of.
In amongst their crowded collections of titles and honours
(Prince Charles’s full name is more than three lines long) are
some that only really count in certain parts of the UK — and
become their main name when they’re there.
Senior, married members of the royal family have these regional
titles, which at the moment means Prince William, Kate Middleton,
and Prince Charles.
All three senior royals have different titles in Scotland, which
has a completely separate system of nobility to England, and was
a distinct country until 1707.
Prince William was given the title Earl of
Strathearn when he married Kate in 2011, and in keeping
with that, Kate became the Countess of
Strathearn, which is their proper title when in
Here’s a front page of The Daily Telegraph’s Scottish edition,
which took the chance to use their local titles.
Alex Salmond, the former first minister of Scotland, also made a
point of using those names when it was announced that Kate was
pregnant with Princess Charlotte.
For Prince Charles, his title is Duke of
Rothesay. It was the historic title held by the heir to
the Scottish throne before the two royal families merged in the
early 1600s. His wife, Camilla, is likewise the Duchess
Here’s the Scottish edition of The Times newspaper using the
William and Kate likewise have a title that only works in Ireland
— and only in the six counties that make up Northern Ireland,
which remained part of the UK after the rest left.
The Prince is Baron Carrickfergus when in the
province, and Kate is Lady Carrickfergus.
The Prince of Wales doesn’t have an Irish title, but he is the
Duke of Cornwall. When travelling in the southwest of the country
(Cornwall is the southwestern tip of the UK) he is often referred
to by his ducal title instead of as a prince.
What about Harry and Meghan?
Prince Harry currently doesn’t have equivalent geographical
titles. But, since William got his extra ones when he married,
there is every chance the same thing will happen on the occasion
of Harry’s wedding.
Royal watchers speculate that Harry will be made Duke of Sussex
(with Meghan as Duchess), believing it to be the favourite among
several vacant titles. There is scant information about what, if
any, Irish or Scottish titles the pair may be granted.