Duchess of Cambridge

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Duchess of Cambridge
Term length As long as married to the Duke of Cambridge
Inaugural holder Caroline of Ansbach

Duchess of Cambridge is the principal courtesy title held by the wife of the Duke of Cambridge. The title is gained with marriage alone and is forfeited upon divorce. Five of the eight Dukes of Cambridge did not marry or morganate, so there were only three Duchess of Cambridge.

Duchesses of Cambridge[edit]

The three Duchesses of Cambridge (and the dates the individuals held that title) are as follows:

1. Caroline of Ansbach (1705–1727) was also Princess of Wales between 1714 and 1727, and Queen consort of Great Britain and Ireland. Her husband was King George II of Great Britain and his son was King George III of the United Kingdom.

2. Princess Augusta of Hesse-Kassel (1818–1889) was the daughter of Prince Frederick of Hesse-Kassel and Princess Caroline of Nassau-Usingen. His grandmother was Princess Mary of Great Britain, daughter of King George II of Great Britain. She was the wife of Prince Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge.

3. Catherine Middleton (2011–present) is the daughter of Michael Francis Middleton and Carole Goldsmith. Her great-grandmother was Olive Middleton (nee Lupton) who grew up at her family's Potternewton Hall Estate, near Leeds, alongside her first cousin Baroness von Schunck (nee Kate Lupton). The Duchess's husband is Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.

In 1847, Sarah Fairbrother married Prince George, Duke of Cambridge, son of Prince Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge, and Princess Augusta of Hesse-Kassel. Under the Royal Marriages Act 1772, Prince George was required to seek the permission of the British monarch (at that time his cousin, Queen Victoria) to marry, but failed to do so as permission to marry an actress with four illegitimate children by three fathers would never have been given. Sarah could not take the style of Princess of Great Britain or of Her Royal Highness.