William and Kate’s First Born Eligible for Throne, Regardless of Gender!
Big news! Girls are now to be included in the rule of succession! That means William and Kate’s first born is eligible for the throne– even if it’s a girl!
You guys! Big news! Kate Middleton—sorry, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge—and Prince William’s first-born child will be able to assume the throne of England—even if it’s a girl. That’s right: According to People, Queen Elizabeth II and the leaders of the 16 governments of which she’s the monarch have finally green lit historic changes to the rule of succession. Hoorah for gender equality!
For centuries, the immediate heir to the throne has been the first-born son of the monarch. But Prime Minister David Cameron went on record as saying, “The idea that a younger son should become monarch instead of an elder daughter simply because he is a man, or that a future monarch can marry someone of any faith except a Catholic – this way of thinking is at odds with the modern countries that we have become.” The nations included in this monumental change include Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Papua New Guinea, St. Christopher and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Tuvalu, Barbados, Grenada, Solomon Islands, St. Lucia and the Bahamas.
Of course, Wills and Kate do need to actually HAVE a child first; but it’s comforting to know that even if they have a girl, she’ll be included in the line of succession right behind William himself. Said the Queen in her opening speech for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth, Australia, “It reminds us of the potential in our societies that is yet to be fully unlocked, and it encourages us to find ways to allow girls and women to play their full part.” Hear, hear!
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.