Before Prince William and Kate Middleton were made Prince and Princess of Wales, Kate was asked about her possible future title on a trip to Wales earlier this year – and she gave an interesting answer. The title of Princess of Wales is now back in use after King Charles gifted it to his daughter-in-law, Kate.
After the sad death of the Queen, Charles declared he would follow royal tradition by naming his heir Prince William as Prince of Wales – meaning his wife Kate took the female version of it. This means she follows in the footsteps of her late mother-in-law Princess Diana, who was the last royal woman to use the title until her death 25 years ago. However, it was long believed Kate would get the title upon her father-in-law’s accession to the throne – and just months ago, she made a rare comment about it after being asked by a group of royal fans.
It came during the late Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend in June when William and Kate visited Cardiff alongside their two older children Prince George and Princess Charlotte. In a clip shared by Twitter user @hellen3030, Kate can be seen meeting and greeting a crowd that turned out to see her as well as her family at Cardiff Castle. As she shakes hands, one lady tells her that one day she will make a great Princess of Wales. And Kate replies saying: “That’s very kind of you. I’m in good hands” as she gestures towards William.
On receiving their new titles, a royal source said the couple were “focussed on deepening the trust and respect of the people of Wales over time.” The source added: “The Prince and Princess of Wales will approach their roles in the modest and humble way they’ve approached their work previously. “The new Princess of Wales appreciates the history associated with this role but will understandably want to look to the future as she creates her own path.”
Earlier this week William and Kate also kept to a promise they made on receiving their new titles by visiting Wales for day of engagements. At the time they said they would visit the principality at the earliest opportunity – and when royal mourning ended on Tuesday, they visited both Holyhead and Swansea. To mark the occasion, Kate wore a vibrant red coat, with red being the national colour of Wales, from high-end retailer LK Bennett. And it could be that the coat was a nod to Diana, the last Princess of Wales, as the coat is called the Spencer coat – with Diana’s family name of course being Spencer.