Following Queen Elizabeth II‘s death and Prince Charles‘ shift in position to King, William and Kate have found themselves with new titles and have done the needful by updating their social media account bios.
Here is everything you need to know about the ongoing changes in The Royal Family.
Prince William and Kate Middleton Become The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge
Shortly after Buckingham Palace announced the passing of the Queen at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, various members of The Royal Family experienced a change in power and titles.
As witnessed on social media, William and Kate’s official Instagram page has already acknowledged the recent shift in position, writing in the bio, “The official account of The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge and the Royal Foundation, based at Kensington Palace.” The same applied to their Twitter account.
Traditionally, the eldest son of the reigning British monarch takes “The Duke of Cornwall” title, with his wife taking the “Duchess” title. William and Kate were bestowed with the titles of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge by the Queen on their April 2011 wedding day.
The parents of three are also in line to inherit the titles of Prince and Princess of Wales. King Charles III, who held the title of Prince of Wales until the Queen’s passing on September 8, also previously had the titles of Duke of Rothesay — used in Scotland— and Duke of Cornwall.
Some Royal Family Members Have New Titles
Charles had already assumed the role of King upon the passing of his mother, per a report from People. Prime Minister Liz Truss confirmed the new title via a statement, “Today, the Crown passes — as it is has done for more than a thousand years — to our new monarch, our new head of state: His Majesty King Charles III.”
Truss also offered the people’s “loyalty and devotion” to the new King as they did with his late mom. The 47-year-old also noted that the people of the United Kingdom were ushering in a “new era in the magnificent history of our great country – exactly as Her Majesty would have wished – by saying the words… God save the King.”
Additionally, Charles’ wife, Camilla, will now be referred to as Queen Consort — an honor the late Queen expressed her wishes for earlier this year.
Another Royal Family member that will get a promotion following the 96-year-old’s death is William’s first child, Prince George — whose official title is Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge. He might reportedly become Prince George of Cornwall and Cambridge now that his grandfather is king.
William’s second child, Princess Charlotte — officially known as Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge— could become Princess Charlotte of Cornwall and Cambridge, while her little brother, Prince Louis — His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge — might be bumped to Prince Louis of Cornwall and Cambridge.
King Charles Issues First Statement After His Mother’s Death
Following the passing of his mother on Thursday, Charles released his first statement as King, according to The Blast. The message was released after The Royal Family shared a black-and-white image of the late Queen on their social media page, revealing that she had died peacefully at 96.
The news of Elizabeth’s death came after Buckingham Palace issued a statement emphasizing their concern that her frail health had turned for the worse. Once she died, Charles expressed his feelings via The Royal Family’s social media accounts:
“The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family.”
The statement continued, “We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved Mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.”
He concluded the statement by noting that his family would be “comforted and sustained” by their knowledge of the “respect and deep affection” that people held for the late matriarch.
Queen Elizabeth II — born in 1926 — ascended the throne in 1953, recently celebrating her 70th anniversary a few months ago. Her husband, Prince Philip, died last year at 99.
The pair got married in 1947 at Westminster Abbey, resulting in a historical celebration televised worldwide.