Prince William and his wife, Catherine, have been named the new Prince and Princess of Wales by King Charles III.
King Charles announced their new titles during his first speech as monarch on Friday evening, a day after his mother died.
“Today I am proud to create him Prince of Wales, Tywysog Cymru,” said Charles, who previously held the title.
The couple’s titles have already been updated on the Royal Family’s website.
The new king made the announcement in his first address to the nation following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, on Thursday at the age of 96.
“With Catherine by her side, our new Prince and Princess of Wales will, I know, continue to inspire and lead our national conversations,” he said. He added that they would help ‘bring the marginalized into the center of the pitch where vital help can be given’.
The couple will also take on the titles of Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, previously held by the king and his wife, Camilla, the new queen consort.
The King added that the title of Prince of Wales was one he had “been privileged to bear for so much of my life and duty”.
Catherine becomes the first since Princess Diana to use the title Princess of Wales, which was also Camilla’s but never used.
The new Princess of Wales has reacted to her new royal title, saying she “enjoys the history that comes with this role”. Catherine described Diana as “an inspiring woman to look up to” after her engagement to Prince William in 2010.
William, who lived and worked in Anglesey where he trained with the Royal Air Force, added at the time: “There’s no pressure because, as Kate said, it’s about shaping his own future. No one is trying to fill my mother’s shoes. What she has done is fantastic.
“It’s about creating your own future and your own destiny and Kate will do a very good job of that.”
Although King Charles has announced that William will become Prince of Wales, people are signing a petition calling for the abolition of the title, which is seen by some as a symbol of subjugation. By Saturday morning, it had passed the 7,000 mark.
Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford has said he looks forward to a deep relationship with the new Prince and Princess of Wales.
He said: “King Charles III has a long and enduring friendship with Wales. In his first public office as a monarch, in this most demanding of times, he conferred the title of Prince of Wales on his eldest son, William. We look forward to deepening our relationship with the new Prince and Princess of Wales as they assume their new roles.
The title does not automatically pass to the heir to the throne. It was not awarded to Charles until 1958, six years into Queen Elizabeth’s reign.
The King was 20 when he was made Prince of Wales in a ceremony at Caernarfon Castle, Gwynedd, in 1969.
The investiture was watched by millions of viewers around the world – however, it was a headline that divided opinion in Wales.
An opinion poll of 1,020 people in June 2022, conducted by ITV and YouGov, suggested that 46% of people thought there should be another Prince of Wales, while 31% did not.
Following the announcement, Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price said: “There will be time, in due course, for public debate around the Prince of Wales title.
“It is Plaid Cymru’s long-held view that it should be the democratic right of the people to have the final say on this issue in an independent Wales. At this time, Plaid Cymru’s thoughts are with the Royal Family as they grieve.