William granted Dukedom of Cambridge

PUBLISHED: 08:45 29 April 2011

LONDON - NOVEMBER 25: (NO SALES/EDITORIAL USE ONLY) In this handout photo, one of two official portrait photographs, Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton have chosen to release to mark their engagement, released by Clarence House Press Office on December 12, 2010, Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton pose in the Council Chamber in the State Apartment in St James's Palace on November 25, 2010 in London, England. (Mandatory Credit/Photo by Mario Testino/Clarence House Press Office via Getty Image

LONDON - NOVEMBER 25: (NO SALES/EDITORIAL USE ONLY) In this handout photo, one of two official portrait photographs, Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton have chosen to release to mark their engagement, released by Clarence House Press Office on December 12, 2010, Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton pose in the Council Chamber in the State Apartment in St James's Palace on November 25, 2010 in London, England. (Mandatory Credit/Photo by Mario Testino/Clarence House Press Office via Getty Image

2010 Mario Testino

PRINCE William and his wife Catherine Middleton will become the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after their wedding, an announcement from Buckingham Palace confirmed this morning.

The prince will also take the titles Earl of Strathearn and Baron Carrickfergus while Catherine will be known as Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge,

The titles were bestowed on the couple by William’s grandmother, the Queen, to mark his marriage and follows the tradition of titles granted to Charles, Andrew and Edward following their weddings.

The title of duke is the highest rank in the British peerage.

The Dukedom of Cambridge was created in 1801 but became extinct on the death of the 2nd Duke of Cambridge in 1904.


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