With her first great-grandchild on the way — the one who will one day occupy her place on the throne — Queen Elizabeth II has chosen to reverse a century of unequal treatment regarding royal titles.
For decades, British law has stated that when the Prince of Wales’ eldest son has children of his own, only the eldest son has the right to be called “prince.” So if the current Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (William and Kate) have a daughter, she would be called “lady.”
But to keep in step with the times, the Queen issued a royal decree on Tuesday, as reported by the London Gazette:
The QUEEN has been pleased by Letters Patent under the Great Seal of the Realm dated 31 December 2012 to declare that all the children of the eldest son of The Prince of Wales should have and enjoy the style, title and attribute of Royal Highness with the titular dignity of Prince or Princess prefixed to their Christian names or with such other titles of honour.
In other words, the newest royal baby will be a Prince or Princess — and so will any of its future siblings.
The other good news for the baby on the way: Steps are currently being taken to update the British laws of succession, which means that this child will be the next in line to the throne after Prince William, no matter what its gender. As it stands, a daughter would only ascend the throne if she has no brothers — and in the case of firstborn boy-girl twins, the boy would take the honor even if he were born after his sister.
William and Kate must be delighted to know that their child will be known as a Prince or Princess. But they probably won’t take advantage of that fact on a daily basis. It’s hard to imagine them saying, “Did you poop on the potty, Your Highness?” or “Do your homework right now, Princess!”
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