Just So We’re All Clear, We’re Supposed To Call Kate Middleton’s Daughter A ‘Princess’

Duke & Duchess of Cambridge leave King Edward VII Private Hospital in LondonIn the event that pregnant Kate Middleton does deliver a bouncing baby girl, you best bet us Mommyish ladies will be calling her a princess: “princess jr.,” “princess baby,” and “mini princess” are only a fraction of the terms I plan on using. But as it turns out, Queen Elizabeth has ensured that “princess” will be a part of her future great-granddaughter’s formal title. Ten steps ahead of you on that, Your Majesty.

People magazine reports that, by formal decree, Kate and Prince William‘s hypothetical daughter will get a title upgrade (in addition to a shot at succession) . Apparently, in ye olden times, only the oldest son could have an official “prince” title. Meaning that any girls to come out of the Kate and William union would be dully referred to as “lady.” Definitely was not planning on using that one.

Her Majesty reportedly made the decision on New Year’s Eve, but we’re just learning of it now via the London Gazette. The declaration reads:

“The Queen has been pleased by Letters Patentunder the Great Seal of the Realm dated 31 December 2012 to declare that all the children of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales should have and enjoy the style, title and attribute of royal highness with the titular dignity of Prince or Princess prefixed to their Christian names or with such other titles of honour.”

A thousand times better than “lady.” Great-grandma seriously scored for you, hypothetical princess daughter.

(photo: WENN.com)

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  • lyzl

    When is this Princess Baby due? I need to mark it on my stalk princess Kate calendar.

    • Koa Beck

      We’ll keep you posted, Lyz!

    • CrazyFor Kate

      Sometime next summer, I think.

  • jec

    The fact that this needed to be announced is confusing seeing that the yet-to-be-born baby has two female cousins who have the ‘Princess’ title (Princess Beatrice & Princess Eugenie, Prince Andrew’s daughters). I just took it that that’s what happens with female babies born to Princes! Perhaps the Queen made a formal decree for them too.

    • ipsedixit010

      From what I’ve read, it’s a little confusing. Letters patent say that male line grandchildren have HRH and “prince” or “princess” status, but the Queen has the power to give out titles and how they are stylized.

      Eugenie and Beatrice are called princess, but Louise – daughter of Prince Edward – is called Lady instead at the insistence of her parents, even though she’s a male-line grandchild.

      And although the Queen’s daughter is a “princess,” she’s stylized as the Princess Royal. Her children do not have any royal title since their father didn’t have one.

  • Jessie

    Wham! Go Queen Elizabeth, making all these awesome new decrees and such in the event that her great-grandbaby is a girl! :D

    Now if only our country could catch up on a few equality-type things the way Her Majesty appears to be catching her country up.