Great news for Cambridge! The Royal Couple have been given the titles of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge following their wedding today. The titles were given by Her Majesty the Queen as part of a long standing tradition of giving new titles on the wedding days of members of the Royal Family.
This is fantastic news for Cambridge and will help the status of the city nationally and internationally. It will also help the city in its bid for Lord Mayor status, which it is currently applying for. Duke of Cambridge as a title was first mentioned as a designation for Charles Stuart (1660–1661), who was the eldest son of James, Duke of York. However, Charles died in his infancy and he was never formally created Duke of Cambridge. A string of childhood tragedies hit the family with the title being bestowed upon his next sons, who also died very young. The title was created in 1664 for his son James Stuart and again for his son Edgar Stuart in 1667. The dukedom was created a third time in 1706 when George, Electoral Prince of Hanover (1683–1760), only son of George, Elector of Hanover (later King George I) would become Duke of Cambridge. The title was later merged in the crown. The Dukedom of Cambridge was again created in 1801 but after the death of the last Duke of Cambridge in 1904, it became extinct.
Duke is the highest title that can be given in the British peerage. The re-establishment of the dukedom of Cambridge has been celebrated in the local Cambridge news and will help the city of Cambridge and the county of Cambridgeshire.
The wedding today attracted large crowds in London and was watched by millions of people all over the world. But will Kate and William last? Read more in our exclusive article by Sloan Sheridan-Williams on City Connect.
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