The Queen’s death also means other changes to the line of succession and titles for other members of the royal family. Prince William, the King’s eldest son, is now the first heir apparent, with three children behind in order of age.
When Charles and Camilla became King and Queen, William and Catherine also automatically assumed the couple’s former principalities, becoming the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge.
But in his speech on Friday, the King also officially named William and Catherine Prince and Princess of Wales, the traditional title for the heir apparent. It is likely that a public coronation ceremony, similar to the one the Queen held for her son in 1969, will take place at some point.
After Charles became King, the two children of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, were also technically elevated.
Under royal protocols dating back to 1917, the monarch’s children and grandchildren enjoy the titles HRH and prince or princess, meaning Harry and Meghan’s children are now Prince Archie and Princess Lillibet.
In his speech, the King made sure to refer to Harry and Meghan, who moved to California after leaving royal life, saying he wanted to show his love “as they continue to build their lives.” live in a foreign country.”
He also thanked his wife, Camilla, saying he can count on her both personally and as a sovereign to fulfill the requirements of her new role.