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  • King Charles III gave Kate Middleton a new royal title, the Colonel of the Irish Guards
  • Prince William held the title for 11 years before it was passed down to Princess Kate
  • King Charles' traditional birthday parade would be held in June of next year

Kate Middleton is the new honorary Colonel of the Irish Guards.

King Charles III has bestowed a new royal title to his 40-year-old daughter-in-law. It is one that has been deemed fit for the Princess of Wales, who has been honoring the guards' regiment during the annual St. Patrick's holiday since she married Prince William in 2011, as seen in a photo of the announcement obtained by Huff Post's Carly Ledbetter.

At the highly anticipated event, held in London, the Princess of Wales would often be spotted wearing a green ensemble while greeting the Irish Guards. Meanwhile, the Prince of Wales would wear his uniform for his then-honorary position of Colonel of the Irish Guards, according to People.

Princess Kate now takes on the role from her husband, who was given the royal title about 11 years ago by the late Queen Elizabeth II two months before the royal couple's wedding at Westminster Abbey, the outlet noted.

Prince William, 40, however, has been bestowed a new royal role, Colonel of the Welsh Guards. He currently holds other titles, including the Prince of Wales, Duke of Cornwall, Earl of Chester, Duke of Rothesay and the Duke of Cambridge.

Buckingham Palace made the announcement on Wednesday, along with the revelation that Camila, Queen Consort is now the Colonel of Grenadier Guards, a position previously owned by disgraced Prince Andrew before the late Queen stripped him of the title due to his scandalous relations with Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted sex offender.

The palace also announced that the King would be celebrating his birthday on June 17, 2023, nearly a month after his coronation in May, via a tradition called Trooping the Color, which is a public birthday parade to be headed by the Regiments of the Household Division. His Majesty would be "attending and taking the salute."

More than 1,400 soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians are expected to attend the King's birthday parade, with some royals participating on horseback and others riding carriages from Buckingham Palace to Horse Guards.

Royal family members would later gather on the royal estate's balcony to watch a fly-past by Royal Air Force jets and the Red Arrows.

King Charles' actual birthday is on Nov. 14. But the monarch decided to commemorate the special occasion last month in private and did not make any public appearance.

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SWANSEA, WALES - SEPTEMBER 27: Prince William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales leave St Thomas Church, which has been has been redeveloped to provide support to vulnerable people, during their visit to Wales on September 27, 2022 in Swansea, Wales. Chris Jackson/Getty Images/IBTimes