The Royal Privilege Kate Middleton Can't Use Until She's Queen

The beloved Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, joined the royal family back in 2011 when she married Prince William. This changed her life forever, but there is still one royal privilege; she will only be able to enjoy it when she becomes Queen. Can you guess what it is? 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Queen Elizabeth II watch part of a children's sports event on June 13, 2012 in Nottingham, England.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Queen Elizabeth II watch part of a children's sports event on June 13, 2012 in Nottingham, England.


From Art History Student To Duchess 

College sweethearts, Prince William and Kate Middleton, had an on and off relationship for many years before makings things official. Little did Kate know that she would become a Duchess and a princess! In addition to this, she also stands to gain an even greater title down the line...

Image Credit: Getty Images / Kate Middleton, Prince William's girlfriend, at the Sovereign's Parade at Sandhurst Military Academy to watch the passing-out parade on December 15, 2006 in Surrey, England.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Kate Middleton, Prince William's girlfriend, at the Sovereign's Parade at Sandhurst Military Academy to watch the passing-out parade on December 15, 2006 in Surrey, England.


Why We Can't Call Her Kate Just Yet

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, has been making headlines since she stepped into her new title, HRH (Her Royal Highness). Now, almost a decade later, experts look on as it becomes all the more evident, Kate will almost certainly become Queen one day. 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to The Nook in Framlingham Earl, Norfolk on June 25, 2020 in the United Kingdom.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to The Nook in Framlingham Earl, Norfolk on June 25, 2020 in the United Kingdom.

Until then, there are still a few privileges she must wait to attain. The most striking of these is connected to Kate's royal title. While many refer to her by her first name, Kate (full name Catherine), this is technically incorrect as it is excluded from her official titles. 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge joins families and children who are supported by the charity Family Action at Peterley Manor Farm on December 4, 2019 in Great Missenden, England.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge joins families and children who are supported by the charity Family Action at Peterley Manor Farm on December 4, 2019 in Great Missenden, England.


The Surprising Princess Rule 

Kate is Princess of the United Kingdom, the title written on her children's birth certificates. Yet, she never uses this in public, opting for her Duchess title instead. Her full royal title is "Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge," which neglects her first name. 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn as part of the NHS birthday celebrations on July 5, 2020 in Norfolk, England.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn as part of the NHS birthday celebrations on July 5, 2020 in Norfolk, England.

Why? Well, only 'blood princesses' are permitted to use their names. For example, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie use their names because they were born into royalty though Prince Andrew. This is not a privilege allotted to Kate, but her daughter, Princess Charlotte, does gain this thanks to her royal dad, Prince William. 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge walk the cliff walk at Howth on March 04, 2020 in Dublin, Ireland.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge walk the cliff walk at Howth on March 04, 2020 in Dublin, Ireland.


When Will Kate Be Allowed To Use Her Name? 

Royal experts report that the Duchess will gain the privilege of using her first name, Kate or Catherine when, Prince William ascends the throne, making her Queen. She will then be announced as Queen Catherine, a big moment for the royal who may be missing her birth name! 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits Jigsaw, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health in Ireland, on March 4, 2020 in Dublin, Ireland.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits Jigsaw, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health in Ireland, on March 4, 2020 in Dublin, Ireland.


Some Rules Will Fall Away When She Becomes Queen

One of the biggest privileges Kate will gain when she is Queen is less red tape governing her every move. Currently, there are long lists of rules she has to abide by. From personal dressing to family news, she will gain more freedom as Queen. Did you know Kate had to tell Queen Elizabeth about the birth of her children first?

Image Credit: Getty Images / Queen Elizabeth II and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge are driven to Crathie Kirk Church before the service on August 25, 2019 in Crathie, Aberdeenshire.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Queen Elizabeth II and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge are driven to Crathie Kirk Church before the service on August 25, 2019 in Crathie, Aberdeenshire.

The new parents used an encrypted phone to convey the news. This is an example of the rules Kate still has to follow. We're sure Kate doesn't mind it though, as she and the reigning Monarch have a close relationship. The pair had gotten on since 2009 when Queen Elizabeth broke a royal rule for Kate...

Image Credit: Getty Images / Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge inspects a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, unveiled during a state reception at Government House on April 10, 2014 in Wellington, New Zealand.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge inspects a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, unveiled during a state reception at Government House on April 10, 2014 in Wellington, New Zealand.


Queen Elizabeth II & A Future Queen 

The Queen has always been impressed by Kate Middleton. This was clear in 2009 already when she did something rare. She invited Kate (who was still dating Prince William) to spend some time with the family in Balmoral. This is a sacred time for the Queen, by extending this invite, her feelings toward Kate were clear.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Queen Elizabeth II (R) and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L) watch a fashion show at De Montfort University on March 8, 2012 in Leicester, England.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Queen Elizabeth II (R) and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L) watch a fashion show at De Montfort University on March 8, 2012 in Leicester, England.

The Queen is well aware of the line of succession and would be under no confusion as to Kate's likelihood of becoming Queen. Over the years, experts have noticed Kate's evolution in actions and style as she readies herself to one day take on a new crown.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Queen Elizabeth II and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit King's College on March 19, 2019 in London, England.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Queen Elizabeth II and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit King's College on March 19, 2019 in London, England.


Is Kate Preparing For Her New Role?

Many have speculated that proof of Kate's readiness to become QueenQueen lies in her wardrobe. She has undergone an immense transformation since she first met Prince William. The small and big changes are a clear indication of her change in direction on a fashionable level but also on a deeper level. 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the ARK 10th Anniversary Gala Dinner at perk's Field on June 9, 2011 in London, England.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the ARK 10th Anniversary Gala Dinner at perk's Field on June 9, 2011 in London, England.

Anthony McGrath, a celebrity stylist, and lecturer at the Fashion Retail Academy in London told Express about this:

"Since Kate has been in the limelight she has always been somewhat of a conservative dresser, whether that was because she wanted to prove herself to the Royal Family or was her own personal style, who knows, but she was rarely seen in anything too risqué."

Image Credit: Getty Images / Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends Shout's Crisis Volunteer celebration event at Troubadour White City Theatre on November 12, 2019 in London, England.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends Shout's Crisis Volunteer celebration event at Troubadour White City Theatre on November 12, 2019 in London, England.


Leaving Behind Her Former Days

A privilege she lost when she married into the royal family (and one she probably won't get back as Queen) is her love for flirty and floaty dresses. The beguiling woman now has her very own signature style that included an array of simple items that are modest and regal.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge shelter under an umbrella as they attend day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 18, 2019 in Ascot, England.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge shelter under an umbrella as they attend day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 18, 2019 in Ascot, England.

McGrath shared

"She introduced skirt suits and coat dresses, which have since become staple items in her wardrobe and are frequently her go-to looks for public engagements. She also introduced an array of A-lines dresses in various different colors, decorative hats for formal events and closed-toe shoes."

Image Credit: Getty Images / Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the 2019 Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey on March 11, 2019 in London, England.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the 2019 Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey on March 11, 2019 in London, England.


Will Kate Get Her Own Crown As Queen?

Kate has been privileged enough to wear some of the most prized royal jewels over the years. But this will amplify immensely when she becomes Queen. Not only will she get to pick her very own crown for William's coronation but also reportedly her own crown of choice.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge departs after attending the annual Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace on December 8, 2016 in London, England.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge departs after attending the annual Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace on December 8, 2016 in London, England.

It is believed Kate will pick a shiny headpiece that was very dear to the Queen Mother's heart. There will, of course, be an array of other jewels to choose from as she will now be second in royal rankings. The only royal above her in position will be her husband, William. 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits Jigsaw, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health in Ireland, on March 4, 2020 in Dublin, Ireland.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits Jigsaw, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health in Ireland, on March 4, 2020 in Dublin, Ireland.


Kate Will Gain The Curtsey Privilege 

One of the privileges Kate may or may not be looking forward to is related to curtseying. Currently, she is obliged to curtsey for those ranked higher than her, such as the Queen and Prince Philip. This will change when she becomes Queen as the royal family will then have to bow or curtsy to Kate

Image Credit: Getty Images / Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 18, 2019 in Ascot, England.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 18, 2019 in Ascot, England.

Prince William and Kate's little royals, George, Charlotte, and Louis, will also be expected to bow before their parents. And yes, Kate will also have to lower the head for her husband in the future! This may seem odd to us, but to the royal family, this is just another normal protocol. 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends Vernon Park during a Diamond Jubilee visit to Nottingham on June 13, 2012 in Nottingham, England.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends Vernon Park during a Diamond Jubilee visit to Nottingham on June 13, 2012 in Nottingham, England.


Will She Ever Really Be A Fully Fledged Queen? 

Kate Middleton may become Queen when her husband becomes the King of England, but this is not completely simple. Kate will never become Queen of the country in a similar capacity to Queen Elizabeth. Kate will instead be titled, Queen Consort. Why? Well, it's royal protocol.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge smiles during a meeting with Galway Community Circus performers, local artists and young musicians on March 5, 2020 in Galway, Ireland.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge smiles during a meeting with Galway Community Circus performers, local artists and young musicians on March 5, 2020 in Galway, Ireland.

Queen Elizabeth II was directly born into royalty and was thus in line for the throne, as is Prince William and his children. However, Kate married into the family and will become Queen Consort (with less power) as a result of this. She will not rule on the throne should she outlive her husband, as her firstborn, George, will be next in line. 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives at Government Buildings to meet Ireland's Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on March 3, 2020 in Dublin, Ireland.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives at Government Buildings to meet Ireland's Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on March 3, 2020 in Dublin, Ireland.


Kate's Future Coronation 

There was no big celebration put on for Kate when she joined the royal clan years ago, but this is a privilege she will get as QueenQueen. The official website indicates that Kate will indeed have her own coronation ceremony, albeit simpler than her husbands will be. 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives at Government Buildings to meet Ireland's Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on March 3, 2020 in Dublin, Ireland.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives at Government Buildings to meet Ireland's Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on March 3, 2020 in Dublin, Ireland.


Why Kate Is Fit For A Future Queen

Throughout Kate's nine years in Britain's favorite family, she has held her head up high and stayed true to herself. Not only has she managed to carve out her own style, but her various projects are commendable and the perfect starting for a future Queen/ Queen Consort. 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends Vernon Park during a Diamond Jubilee visit to Nottingham on June 13, 2012 in Nottingham, England.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends Vernon Park during a Diamond Jubilee visit to Nottingham on June 13, 2012 in Nottingham, England.

Anthony McGrath put it perfectly when he expressed:

"We must give her [Kate] credit for staying true to who she has and not moulding herself into something else entirely. Slowly, but surely, she has finessed her style over the years and her style is without a doubt, suitable for a future Queen."

Image Credit: Getty Images / Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives at Government Buildings to meet Ireland's Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on March 3, 2020 in Dublin, Ireland.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives at Government Buildings to meet Ireland's Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on March 3, 2020 in Dublin, Ireland.


How Kate Is Being Prepped For More Responsibility

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, gained prestigious patronage in 2019 that indicates Queen Elizabeth is indeed gearing her to be Queen Consort. She passed one of her patronages on to Kate. The Queen held the Family Action patronage for 65 years after it was granted to her by Queen Mary in 1953!

Image Credit: Getty Images / Queen Elizabeth II and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the annual Remembrance Sunday memorial at The Cenotaph on November 10, 2019 in London, England.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Queen Elizabeth II and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the annual Remembrance Sunday memorial at The Cenotaph on November 10, 2019 in London, England.

This patronage worked with children and families and was close to the Queen's heart. Royal history leads us to believe that this is a key indicator of Kate's future. As Buckingham Palace said: "Her Majesty The Queen has passed the patronage to The Duchess having held the role for over 65 years."

Queen Elizabeth II and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 press day at Chelsea Flower Show on May 20, 2019 in London, England.

Queen Elizabeth II and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 press day at Chelsea Flower Show on May 20, 2019 in London, England.


One Final Possible Title Change

Kate will certainly have her fair share of royal title changes in her lifetime. From Duchess to Queen Consort, she will potentially also be called Queen Mother one day. This will only happen should she outlive her husband, Prince William (who would have been a King).

Image Credit: Getty Images / Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits the Margalla Hills National Park on October 15, 2019 in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits the Margalla Hills National Park on October 15, 2019 in Islamabad, Pakistan.

An expert explained this by saying, "When [Prince] George is King (if Catherine is still alive), she can choose to be styled as HM Queen Catherine, the Queen Mother." Kate has a long journey ahead of herself in the royal family, and we think she will do a stellar job.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge joins families and children who are supported by the charity Family Action at Peterley Manor Farm on December 4, 2019 in Great Missenden, England.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge joins families and children who are supported by the charity Family Action at Peterley Manor Farm on December 4, 2019 in Great Missenden, England.

Not only is Kate beloved by her nation, but it seems she has fans all over the world! Despite not having every privilege allotted to her now, we're sure she is happy to make the sacrifice for royal protocols. What do you think about the rules and her royal titles? Leave us a comment, and be sure to click the share button! 

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