‘Princess’ or ‘Duchess’ Kate Middleton? -- Prince George’s Birth Certificate Clears Up the Mystery!

kate middletonHear ye, hear ye. The royal baby Prince George's birth certificate has been presented to the world. Prince William signed the official registrar with witnesses as the father. Kate Middleton was listed as the mother, with the title Catherine Elizabeth, Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge. Under occupation was written, "Princess of the United Kingdom." Wait -- what? Kate is a princess already? I'm so confused. I thought she was just a duchess?

Okay ... once again, some of us are scratching our heads over this whole royal titles and job descriptions business. Maybe if you are a royals obsessive, you've got this down pat already. But for the rest of us, here's the 101 on Kate Middleton's title and job.


So yes, Kate's title is indeed HRH Duchess of Cambridge, as conferred by Queen Elizabeth II. From what we can tell, she won't get the title of Princess until Prince Charles becomes King. HOWEVER! Technically Kate Middleton can be described as a princess even though that's not her title. 

So yes, she's called Duchess, but she does princessing for a living. Does that make sense?

Now that we've cleared that up, can we please talk about how crazy it would be to put "princess" in your job description for your child's birth certificate?!? I'm wondering, if Kate can describe herself as a princess, what's stopping the rest of us? I just might start putting that on my forms as well. Occupation: Princess of Park Slope. Or no, why leave it at princess? Occupation: Grand Empress of Park Slope. That's more like it. I advise you all follow suit before any of your neighbors start getting ideas and claiming that job description for themselves.

Have you been a little confused by the royal family's titles?


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