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Princess of Wales title links Lady Diana to Kate Middleton

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Kate Middleton has become the first Princess of Wales since the death in Paris of Prince William’s mother Lady Diana. On being given the title, the new Princess of Wales said that she “appreciates the history associated with this role”.

Princess Diana was handed the Princess of Wales title when she married Charles in 1981. While Camilla could have technically used the title when she married Charles 17 years ago, she decided not to out of respect for the late royal, mother to Princes William and Harry.

Sharing Kate and William’s reaction, a royal source said: “The couple are focussed on deepening the trust and respect of the people of Wales over time. The Prince and Princess of Wales will approach their roles in the modest and humble way they’ve approached their work previously. The new Princess of Wales appreciates the history associated with this role but will understandably want to look to the future as she creates her own path.”

King Charles announced his daughter-in-law Kate would take the title, the first person to use it since the late Princess Diana, in his first speech since the Queen’s death, reports the Mirror.

He said: “As my Heir, William now assumes the Scottish titles which have meant so much to me. He succeeds me as Duke of Cornwall and takes on the responsibilities for the Duchy of Cornwall which I have undertaken for more than five decades. Today, I am proud to create him Prince of Wales, Tywysog Cymru, the country whose title I have been so greatly privileged to bear during so much of my life and duty.

“With Catherine beside him, our new Prince and Princess of Wales will, I know, continue to inspire and lead our national conversations, helping to bring the marginal to the centre ground where vital help can be given.”

Within minutes of Charles’ speech, Kate and William’s official Twitter account @kensingtonroyal changed to reflect the changes.

The bio now reads: “The official account of The Prince and Princess of Wales and The Royal Foundation, based at Kensington Palace.”

Kate was seen driving in Windsor on the afternoon of Sunday, September 9, dressed all in black and wearing dark sunglasses. Prince William rushed to Balmoral with his father after doctors became concerned for the Queen’s health, however Kate stayed in Windsor with their three children.

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