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Queen to choose Kate Middleton's royal title

If you're invited to the royal wedding, don't go buying Kate Middleton an engraved gift - the poor woman doesn't know yet what her title's going to be.

She will be a princess, possibly a duchess, perhaps even a countess. But the exact title is unlikely to be divulged until shortly before April 29, the day she officially joins "the firm" - as the lordly British royal family is known, The Associated Press reports.

Middleton's title, which will dictate what she is called, will be determined by Queen Elizabeth II, not Middleton herself.

Some of the options are not great. Royal experts say it is possible Middleton could end up with the formal name Her Royal Highness Princess William of Wales, a moniker that deflates the aura of the fairy-tale nuptials. In some circles, the whole question of titles has already been resolved. Regardless of what the queen does, royal commentator Dickie Arbiter said it is likely that Middleton will be known - at least to Britain's tabloid newspapers and their millions of readers - as Princess Kate.

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