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Why Prince William and Duchess Kate go by different names in Scotland and Ireland

Why Prince William and Duchess Kate go by different names in Scotland and Ireland

Prince William and Kate Middleton are usually referred to as Wills and Kate in informal settings, but officially they are known as the the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

However, once the royal couple leave England to go to Ireland or Scotland, their titles are subject to change.

The Duke and Duchess were bestowed their title "Cambridge" on their wedding day in April 2011. It’s also the name that has been passed down to their children – Prince George of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Prince Louis of Cambridge.

However, William and Kate were also given another royal title at the time, one that the couple are known by in Scotland – Earl and Countess of Strathearn.

In Northern Ireland they are considered the Baron and Lady Carrickfergus.

Another mystery that has always surrounded Duchess Kate is whether her name preference is Catherine or Kate.

Well, the internet thinks they’ve got this one figured out – a photo from their recent royal tour of Norway providing the stark answer.

A Twitter user posted a photo of a card on a present given to a then-pregnant Duchess with the name "Kate", during an interaction with Queen Sonja and King Harald.

"Curious thing one of the sweaters seems to say, 'To Kate' instead of Catherine. Maybe the end of this debate?" the Twitter user captioned with the image.

Another user on Twitter also took to answering the question even further by saying: "Duchess Kate had been asked once by a kid during a public engagement what's her name, The Duchess simply answered to call her 'Kate'."

Do you prefer Duchess Kate or Duchess Catherine? Let us know in the comments below.