Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, received her royal title when she married Prince William back in 2011.
But ten years on, the media and people regularly still refer to her as Kate.
So why are news reports still using the Duchess’ nickname and maiden name instead of, or in combination with her official title?
vKate Middleton Is What People Grew Up With
Since Kate and William’s relationship became known in 2003, Kate Middleton attracted an enormous amount of interest by media outlets and the public. With the couple’s engagement in 2010, more stories were published – cementing the name in the public consciousness.
In fact, her name serves as a reminder of why she was popular with many in the first place. Kate was a commoner who one day met Prince Charming, captured his heart, and eventually, married him.
Her middle-class roots and her fairytale-like story resonated with an adoring and curious public. Her unofficial name continues to remind people of this fact, and can actually work in her favour.
vKate Middleton Has Many Titles
Those not well-versed in the royals could get confused by Kate’s official title – and what is more, it is not her only title.
When in Scotland, Kate is known as the Countess of Strathearn and while in Northern Ireland, she is known as Lady Carrickfergus.
Meanwhile, Kate’s occupation on her children’s birth certificates is listed as “Princess of the United Kingdom.” She can even be called Princess William of Wales, taking on her husband’s title.
Catherine Elizabeth (Kate) Middleton became Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, when the Queen gave William with a dukedom upon the couple’s wedding.