Prince William becomes the Duke of Cambridge

Updated: Apr 29, 2011, 13:27 PM IST

Spicezee Bureau

London: Prince William has been made the Duke of Cambridge on his wedding day by the Queen, Buckingham Palace announced.

Apparently, the dukedom of Prince William confirms all the speculations that were doing rounds relating to the royal couple. The royal groom has been given the highest rank in British peerage - to mark his marriage to Kate Middleton. Miss Middleton will now become Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge on her marriage.

These titles are the gift of the Queen and it was up to the monarch to choose which one to bestow on her grandson and his wife. William has also been named as the Earl of Strathearn and Baron Carrickfergus.

Buckingham Palace said in a statement: "The Queen has today been pleased to confer a Dukedom on Prince William of Wales. His titles will be Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Strathearn and Baron Carrickfergus. Prince William thus becomes His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge and Miss Catherine Middleton on marriage will become Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge.”

As well as a duchess, Miss Middleton is also technically Princess William of Wales. According to protocol, she is not officially Princess Catherine as she was not born a princess. However, it is likely that Kate will be known as Princess Catherine or Princess Kate.