Charlotte may have ‘Princess Royal’ title when Prince William becomes King

Princess Charlotte is poised to receive a special title upon the coronation of her parents, future king and queen Prince William and Kate Middleton, one that is more prestigious than the title of Duchess.

Given that she is their only daughter, she will receive a special title to reflect her status on the line of succession to the throne in the future.

When the present Duke of Cambridge is crown King, his daughter Charlotte could be given the title of The Princess Royal in the future, to reflect the fact that she is the eldest daughter of the British Sovereign.

This special title was first used in 17th century France and was derived from the French royal title of Madame Royale, OK! reports.

Royal expert Duncan Larcombe told TownandCountrymag.com: “The title of Princess Royal is traditionally bestowed on the eldest daughter of the monarch.

"It is a title that remains for life, so Princess Charlotte will have to wait at least until the death of the current Princess Royal."

The Queen and Prince Philip’s only daughter Princess Anne is the current Princess Royal and was awarded the title by her mother in 1987.

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The title is bestowed by the monarch and does not have to be given but is often given to the eldest daughter of the current monarch.

As the title is given for life, Charlotte would not be eligible to receive it until after the death of Princess Anne.

Aside from this unique title the young Princess could receive, Charlotte would also be in line for a new royal title when she marries – but she would still be eligible for the Princess Royal title whether she marries or not.

The discretion of royal titles is entirely with the reigning monarch and in recent years female members of the Royal Family were not given a Duchess title – with the Queen’s sister Princess Margaret being one.

Margaret and her husband Antony Armstrong-Jones were made the Earl and Countess of Snowdon rather than Duke and Duchess.

Therefore, any title Charlotte receives once William is King will be at his discretion and he could decide to give her a title in her own right.

The young princess was recently reported to be set to inherit one of Princess Diana's “favourite” heirlooms.

Charlotte is in line to inherit the late royal's “favourite” tiara that she wore on her wedding day to Prince Charles.

The Spencer tiara has been in the family since the 1930s, and it's believed that the daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be the next owner.

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