London, United Kingdom (CU)_ After Queen Elizabeth’s death on Thursday, Prince William will likely become the Prince of Wales/Duke of Cornwall, and his wife Kate Middleton will become the Princess of Wales. Prior to the passing of the Queen, Prince William held the title of Duke of Cambridge.
The title “Prince of Wales” is reserved for the heir apparent and was formerly held by King Charles. Princess Diana was the last person to have the title of “Princess of Wales” since Duchess Camilla, Charles’s wife, declined to use it out of respect. Charles, the 73-year-old eldest son of Queen Elizabeth, becomes monarch of the United Kingdom and the leader of 14 other countries, including Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, upon the queen’s death. His wife Camilla ascends to the position of Queen Consort.
Queen Elizabeth the Great, Britain’s longest-reigning queen and the nation’s icon for seven decades, died at the age of 96, prompting the changes in the title. According to the statement from Buckingham Palace, “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”
After physicians voiced concern about the Queen’s health, her family flew to Balmoral Castle, her Scottish residence, to be at her side. Since the end of last year, she has been experiencing what Buckingham Palace termed episodic mobility issues, causing her to cancel almost all of her public appearances.