Will Prince William’s wife become a Queen?

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I would like to know if Prince William marries and becomes King, his wife would be known as Queen, correct? Would she be eligible to become ruler if King William died?

Answer:

When Prince William becomes King his wife will be Queen. She wont be a ‘proper Queen’ i.e. a Queen Regnant (a female monarch who reigns in her own right) but will have the title Queen. She will be known as the Queen consort (wife of a reigning king). If her William dies the crown will pass to the next in line to the throne.

Interesting to note:

The husband of a reigning queen is not called “king consort”.

The present Queen’s husband is called a Prince because he was born a prince and on the Queen coronation she gave him the title of Prince Philip of the United Kingdom.

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