Prince William and Kate Named Duke, Duchess of Cambridge

Prince William and Kate MiddletonQueen Elizabeth II has bestowed the titles of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Prince William and Kate Middleton, who were married Friday in a royal wedding witnessed by millions of people across the globe.

Buckingham Palace announced William and Kate’s new titles early Friday, before the couple made their vows at the Westminster Abbey. The newly weds were not coffered one but three titles as gift from the Queen. The statement released by the palace through the Twitter, email, and the Royal Wedding official website revealed that William and Kate were also named Earl and Countess of Strathearn, as well as Baron and Baroness Carrickfergus.

The conferment of the titles, especially the dukedom, is a sign that the Queen is very fond of her grandson Prince William, Jennie Bond, an expert on the British monarchy, told the Associated Press. Bond said the title of Duke of Cambridge was “a personal gift from the queen, a mark of her esteem for her grandson.”