Kate Middleton has been given the title Princess of Wales the new King Charles III announced in his first official speech.

The new King made the announcement to the titles of both William and Kate in his first official address: "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".

King Charles ended with: “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."

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”, a source said.

As the line of succession changes, so does Prince William’s role within the royal family with changes to royal social media accounts and websites made swiftly in the hours following the Queen's death.

The former Cambridges' Instagram account was rebranded as 'the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge'.

As heir apparent he is a step closer to become sovereign himself, and preparations for this role and likely to intensity almost immediately, potentially even while he is still a period of mourning.

The address, which aired the day after Her Majesty's death was an emotional one spoken by King Charles from Buckingham Palace.

He said: "Throughout her life, Her Majesty The Queen – my beloved Mother – was an inspiration and example to me and to all my family, and we owe her the most heartfelt debt any family can owe to their mother.”

He wished to “express my love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives overseas”.

The King ended his address by saying: “To my darling Mama, as you begin your last great journey to join my dear late Papa, I want simply to say this: thank you. Thank you for your love and devotion to our family and to the family of nations you have served so diligently all these years. May ‘flights of angels sing thee to thy rest’.”


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