As is customary, royals are bestowed with a new title – and with it a new area of Britain of which to be honorary custodians – on the event of their wedding day, by The Queen.
And the same can be said of Prince William and Kate Middleton, who on April 29, 2011 were given the new monikers of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and with it some overarching duty of care for the beautiful city on the river Cam.
It is usual for the sons of the monarch to receive a dukedom, considering Prince Charles is the Duke of Cornwall and Prince Andrew is the Duke of York, but it has been revealed that Kate and Wills nearly didn’t become the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
A newspaper has revealed that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge titles had actually been offered previously to a different royal, who turned them down for an interesting reason.
Prince Edward, the youngest son of the Queen and 14th in line to the throne, was originally offered the title when he married Sophie (now Countess of Wessex) in 1999, but rejected it in favour of becoming the Earl of Wessex after apparently watching Shakespeare in Love and admiring Colin Firth’s fictional character, who was called Lord Wessex.
Prince Edward’s rejection of the title allowed for it to be given to Prince William 12 years later, and his bride Catherine to receive the title Duchess of Cambridge.