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Kate Middleton's baby to get a royal title, decrees Queen (+video)

Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, is not a princess -- but if she has a daughter, the tiny royal will bear the titles of Princess and Her Royal Highness, decreed Queen Elizabeth today.

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth has announced that if Prince William and pregnant wife Kate have a daughter she will officially hold the title of princess, updating rules introduced almost a century ago.

Under a proclamation from King George V in December 1917, only the eldest son of William and Kate, who is due to give birth sometime in the middle of the year, would have been called a prince.

A girl would have only have had the title "Lady" and would not have been known as "Her Royal Highness."

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However, the queen has issued a "Letters Patent" - a form of royal announcement - to change this so all the children of William, whose father is heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles, would be treated the same.

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