William and Kate have become the new Prince and Princess of Wales, King Charles has said.
This means William is following in his father’s footsteps and Kate has become the first person since Diana, Princess of Wales to use the title Diana held when she was married to Charles.
The couple’s children are now Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis From Wales.
In an address to the nation, the King said that “with Catherine at his side, our new Prince and Princess of Wales will, I know, continue to inspire and lead our national conversations, helping to bring the marginalized to the center where vital help can be given”.
Catherine “enjoys the history associated with this role, but will naturally want to look to the future by creating her own path,” a source said.
“The couple are focused on building the trust and respect of the people of Wales over time,” they said, adding that the couple would approach their new roles “in the modest and humble way in which they have approached their work before”.
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Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford said King Charles had enjoyed a “long and enduring friendship” with Wales and the country “looked forward to deepening our relationship with the new Prince and Princess of Wales”.
The Queen Consort, Camilla, was also technically the Princess of Wales when she married Charles in 2005, but never used the title due to her association with Diana, who died in a car accident in 1997.
Diana was stripped of her HRH style and her title changed to Diana, Princess of Wales following her divorce the year before her death.
As well as taking the title of Prince of Wales previously held by the king, William assumed his Scottish titles and succeeded him as Duke of Cornwall.
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Therefore, William and Kate are also the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay in Scotland.
King Charles said: “I am proud to create him Prince of Wales, Tywysog Cymru, the country whose title I have been privileged to bear for so much of my life and duty.”
He added: “I also want to express my love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives overseas.”