Any moment now we will be greeted with breaking news from the Royal Palace announcing the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first child. The safe arrival of a baby into a family is always great news, but the arrival of a royal baby is something people have celebrated for ages.
Historically, heirs have been important to secure kingdoms and maintain peace. Monarchs have been known to go to great lengths to ensure male heirs carry the line. It was just last year that Queen Elizabeth II overturned Britain’s male primogeniture. For ages the oldest son in the UK would “inherit the entire estate of his parents (or nearest ancestor), and, if there was no male heir, the daughters would take (receive the property) in equal shares.”
Laura Barnett of The Guardian was quick to discuss how this would effect the royal baby. Laura says, “let us pause to ponder the significance of the fact that a daughter born first to William and Kate will now automatically inherit the throne, rather than having to give way to her younger brother.”
So many discussions, so much history, and the baby is not even here yet! You can be certain once the royal baby has arrived there will be a fantastic flurry of news and coverage. Not just from the media, but also from the palace! For years royal birth announcements have been dramatic and exciting.
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