William and Catherine now officially have new royal titles

Buckingham Palace announced on Thursday September 8 that Queen Elizabeth II had died aged 96. The monarch, who ruled the Commonwealth for more than 70 years, will be succeeded by her son Charles, whom the palace immediately proclaimed king after her death. “The Queen died peacefully in Balmoral this afternoon,” read an official statement. “The King and Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral tonight and return to London tomorrow.”

The Queen’s death means monumental changes for the royal family. With Charles now king, his son, Prince William, is the direct heir to the throne, meaning his title will change as well. Before the death of Queen Elizabeth, when William was third in line to the throne, his official title was Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. Following his father’s rise to power, William and his wife Catherine have risen in the ranks and will now be known as the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall until one day he becomes king, per CNN. William and Catherine are also likely to inherit the titles of Prince and Princess of Wales, according to NDTV.

For now, however, the family remains focused on honoring Elizabeth’s remarkable life. “The death of my beloved mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of great sadness for me and all members of my family. We deeply mourn the passing of a cherished sovereign and a well-loved mother,” King Charles III said of Elizabeth’s death. “My family and I are comforted and empowered by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection that the Queen was so widespread.”

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