The first change after Elizabeth II was when her eldest son, Charles, who had been crown prince for many years, ascended to the throne as Charles 3. Charles’ wife, Camilla, also became the Consort Queen, according to his statement a few months before his death. Prior to that, Camilla held the title of Duchess of Cornwall.
FIRST TIME IN 25 YEARS
The people affected by one of the biggest changes that took place after the death of the Queen were Prince William, who is now the first heir to the throne, and his wife, Kate Middleton. The title Prince of Wales, which Charles had held since 1958, passed to William. Therefore, his wife, Kate Middleton, Princess of Wales it happened. King Charles III announced this on the first day he took the throne after his mother. The important detail is that the title of Princess of Wales will be used for the first time since Diana’s death in 1997. The person who made a “first” 25 years later was Diana’s bride, Kate Middleton, whom she had never seen.
NEW TITLES ADDED TO THEIR TITLES
William and Kate retain the titles of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, which they have held since their marriage. To these were added the titles Duke of Cornwall and Duchess of Cornwall. With the Queen’s death, the couple assumed other titles. In Scotland they will be known as the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay from now on. Earl and Countess of Carrick, Baron and Baroness of Renfrew, and Lord and Lady of the Isles are among the couple’s titles. To put it briefly, “titles have been added to the couple’s titles.” But beyond all that, the main title William and Kate would use. Prince of Wales and the Princess of Wales.
SURNAME HAS CHANGED: This situation was also reflected in the couple’s children. Kate and William’s children, George, Charlotte and Louis, have also had their last names changed. They will no longer use the surname Cambridge, but the surname “Wales”, which derives from their father’s title of Prince of Wales.
INTRODUCTION TO THE SURNAME ‘WALES’
This was first revealed at the Queen’s funeral on 19 September. Attending the ceremony, George and Charlotte were introduced with the surname “Wales”.
HARRY AND WILLIAM USE THE SURNAME ‘WALES’
By the way, William and Harry also bore the surname “Wales” when they were growing up, as their father was the Prince of Wales. While graduating from the University of St Andrews, where he met Kate Middleton, he was announced as “William Wales” at the graduation ceremony. His brother Harry also used the surname Wales, which derives from his father’s title, throughout his military life. While serving in the army, he was known as Major Harry Wales. In summary, now that the title of Prince of Wales has passed to William, all three of his children will use the surname Wales.
THE CHILDREN WILL ACCEPT THE NEW SITUATION: According to royal expert Angela Mollard, aside from other family members, this process will be very intense for Kate Middleton, who has officially joined the Buckingham people since 2011. First of all, her life and duties will change with the changing position of her husband. Meanwhile, both Kate and William will need to teach and get used to George, 9, Charlotte, 7, and Louis, 4, that they no longer have the surname Cambridge but Wales.
THEY USE CAMBRIDGE AS A SURNAME
Kate and William were known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge until the Queen died and took new titles. That’s why their children used the surname Cambridge.
TWO SURNAMES FROM TWO ALE: What about the surname of the British royal family? As everyone knows by heart, Mountbatten Windsor… But only the descendants of Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, can use this surname. The Windsor part of this surname comes from the family of Queen Elizabeth II. The Mountbatten part is from his wife, Prince Philip. The surname Mountbatten Winsor was adopted as the surname of the British royal family in a declaration published in 1960.
THEY CHANGED THE GERMAN SURNAME
In fact, the British royal family was known as the Saxe-Coburg-Gotha family until 1917. As the name suggests, the family is of German origin. However, due to the anti-Germanism that emerged after the First World War, the king of the period, George V, changed his surname to Windsor. This surname also comes from the family to which Queen Victoria’s wife, Prince Albert, belongs. After the Queen’s accession to the throne in 1952, Windsor was confirmed as the family’s surname.
TO CLEAR THE MESSAGE: But later on, a confusion arose. All descendants of King George V used the surname Windsor. But the ruling family had to be distinguished from the other branch of the family. Meanwhile, the Queen’s wife, Prince Philip, was also troubled by not being able to give her children her own surname. As a result, Mountbatten, Prince Philip’s maternal surname, was added to Windsor. In fact, Mountbatten also comes from the German surname “Battenberg”. The family adapted this German name and turned it into Mountbatten.
COMING FROM PHILIP’S FAMILY
The architect of the addition of Mountbatten to Windsor, the surname of the British royal family, is Prince Philip’s uncle, Lord Louis Mountbatten. Lous Mountbatten, uncle of the Queen’s consort, Prince Philip, is also known as Britain’s last Governor-General of India. Lord Mountbatten, a part of the family surname, was founded in 1979 in the Irish Republican Army (IRA) was killed in a bomb attack on his yacht.
ONLY DECISIONS OF THE SOUL CAN USE: The surname Mountbatten Windsor can only be used by members of the family descended from the marriage of Elizabeth II and Prince Philip and their spouses.
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