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Brexit news: Kate Middleton and William to be stripped of these titles after UK leaves EU?

Brexit news: Kate Middleton and Prince William titles after UK leaves the EU (Image: GETTY)

Kate Middleton and Prince William are known in England as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. However, they have different titles in Scotland. Kate is Countess of Strathearn in the Northern country.

Prince George is also in line to become Earl of Strathearn, after his father passes away.

William is the first person to hold the title of Earl of Strathearn since Walter Stewart, who died in 1437.

However, if Scotland splits from the UK as a result of Brexit will he be the last?

Many in Scotland have called for a referendum on whether the country should leave the UK after the UK overall voted to leave the European Union with Brexit.

This includes First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, 49, who has stated Scotland has “the right to choose its own future”.

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Brexit news: Kate Middleton and Prince William titles after UK leaves the EU (Image: GETTY)

Brexit news: Kate is Countess of Strathearn in the Northern country (Image: GETTY)

She is pushing for an independence referendum to be held this year, in 2020.

The leader said today: “This week, Scotland will be pulled out of Europe against its will and without its consent – an event which marks a significant and material change in circumstances since 2014.

“Throughout the Brexit process, the views of the Scottish Parliament, and the people of Scotland, have been consistently ignored.

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“This Government has a clear mandate – to exercise the right of this country to take its future into its own hands.”

She added: “It is my fervent hope and belief that Scotland will rejoin the European family of nations as an equal, independent country.”

What would this mean for the Queen and her family? Will William and Kate lose their Scottish titles?

The Queen could still be the monarch of Scotland if the country leaves the UK.

Some in Scotland have called for the monarchy to be removed in Scotland, but it is not a matter of the Queen automatically losing her throne in Scotland if the countries split.

Royal Family: Prince William’s Family Tree shows a fascinating snapshot of history (Image: EXPRESS.CO.UK)

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In fact, it is expected that the Queen would remain the Queen of Scotland.

UCL Professor of Government and the Constitution Robert Hazell told Express.co.uk: “In their 2014 independence White Paper, the SNP declared that an independent Scotland would continue to be a monarchy.

“So if Scotland became independent, the Queen would continue to be the Queen of Scotland, just as she is the Queen of Australia, Canada, New Zealand and a dozen other realms where she is the head of state.”

In this case, Kate and William would retain their titles.

The royal line of succession – who outranks who?

The line of succession to the British throne dictates the order in which each member of the Royal Family would ascend to the throne.

It is also seen as a ranking of importance with the head of the line, the Queen, taking the place of ruler.

Older children come before younger children. Traditionally boys came before girls, but this law was changed on 26 March 2015 before the birth of Prince William’s first child.

Incredibly, Catholics are still excluded from the line of succession, as are children born outside of wedlock.

The royals, who usually stick to a strict protocol when appearing in public, often arrive at events in ascending order of importance, with the most important royal arriving last.

Prince Charles, 71, is currently second-in-line to the British throne, followed by Prince William, 37, his oldest son.

Then comes Prince William’s children, George, six, Charlotte, four, and Louis, one, and they are followed by Prince Harry, 35. Prince Harry is succeeded by his son Archie Harrison, born in May 2019.

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