Prince William Wasn't Supposed To Be the Duke of Cambridge. Who Was Originally Offered the Title?
It is a tradition for the British royal household to assign the role of Duke to any Prince once he gets married. This tradition was honored in 2011 when Prince Willam and Kate Middleton got married. They were both given the title of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. However, what the fans of the royal couple might not know is that the title of the Duke of Cambridge was not initially meant for the Prince. He only got this title because it had been initially rejected by another prince of the British royal blood. Shocking, right? We’re here to let you in on all the details about the mystery surrounding the title of Duke of Cambridge.
CHAPTER 1: WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A DUKE
To be a Duke is to be in charge of one of the six royal dukedoms of the United Kingdom. It is an exclusive hereditary title of nobility in the royal family of Britain. The title of the Duke of Cambridge dates back to the 17th century. Charles Stuart was the first to be granted this title as the first son of the Duke of York in 1660.
His role was, however, not fully established because he lived for only six months. Although the title supersedes that of the Earl of Cambridge, it became extinct for well over a hundred years. It was later resuscitated in the year 2011 upon the marriage of William and Kate.
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