William and Kate have become the new Prince and Princess of Wales, King Charles has said.
This means that William is following in his father’s footsteps, and Kate has become the first person since Diana, Princess of Wales, to use the title that Diana held when she was married to Charles.
The couple’s children are now Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis of Wales.
In an address to the nation, the king said that “with Catherine at her side, I know our new Prince and Princess of Wales will continue to inspire and lead our national conversations, helping to bring the fringe to the center of how vital help can be given”.
Catherine “appreciates the history associated with this role but will understandably want to look ahead as she forges her own path”, a source said.
“The pair are focused on deepening the trust and respect of the people of Wales over time,” they said, adding that the pair would approach their new roles “in the modest and humble way they have previously approached their work”.
Remembrance service for the Queen to be held at St Paul’s Cathedral – live updates
Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford said King Charles had enjoyed a “long and enduring friendship” with Wales and that the country “looked forward to deepening our relationship with the new Prince and Princess of Wales”.
The Queen Consort, Camilla, was also technically Princess of Wales when she married Charles in 2005, but never used the title because of its association with Diana, who died in a car crash in 1997.
Diana was stripped of her HRH style and her title was changed to Diana, Princess of Wales following her divorce the year before she died.
As well as taking the Prince of Wales title, which the king had previously held, William has assumed his Scottish titles and succeeded him as the Duke of Cornwall.
Click to subscribe to Sky News Daily wherever you get your podcasts
Therefore, William and Kate are also the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay in Scotland.
King Charles said: “I am proud to create him Prince of Wales, Tywysog Cymru, the country whose title I have been so privileged to bear during so much of my life and duty.”
He added: “I also want to express my love to Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives abroad.”