Kate Middleton's Daughter Could Be Queen of England

kate middleton prince williamEver since Prince William and Kate Middleton got married the royal monarchy seems to have taken on a bit of a modern spin, if you will. Don't get me wrong, the Duke and Duchess exude all things proper and fancy, but something just seems ... different.

Perhaps it's just the fact that the faces of the royal family -- the ones that get the most attention -- are now both under 30. Yes, we all know that Queen Elizabeth is still the HBIC -- followed by Prince Charles -- but William and Kate appear to have breathed new life into the monarch. Things seem less stuffy now. Less old school.

Turns out, things are less stuffy and less old school. It's not in our heads. Like, you know that ridiculous centuries-old rule that only male heirs are allowed to take the throne? Well, UK Prime Minister David Cameron has formally begun the process that would allow females to take the throne, as well.

You know what that means? If Wills and Kate have a girl, she'll be the Queen of England!

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Whether or not it has anything to do with the Duke and Duchess, and it's simply due to the fact that it's 2011, is irrelevant. It's about freakin' time. Prime Minister Cameron recently wrote an eloquently-worded letter to all the prime ministers of former British colonies, asking them to support the change:

In the UK, we have found it increasingly difficult to continue to justify two particular aspects of the present rules on the succession to the Crown. The first is the rule which says that an elder daughter should take a place in the line of succession behind a younger son. We espouse gender equality in all other aspects of life, and it is an anomaly that in the rules relating to the highest public office we continue to enshrine male superiority.

The other rule he'd like to abolish is the one that bans Catholics or anyone married to a Catholic from becoming king or queen, which I also agree with, but not that's another post.

I understand the royal family is all about keeping traditions alive, as they should be, but the truth is, how does one justify allowing a boy to take the place of a girl if he was born second? There really is no basis for such an argument whatsoever other than "that's what we've been doing for centuries." It's basically mindlessly doing what you're told without questioning anything.

Hopefully, Cameron's efforts won't prove to be futile, because, like I said, it's 2011. And like he said, "we espouse gender equality in all other aspects of life."

And how fierce will William and Kate's daughter be? You know, if they have one.

Do you think this rule should be abolished?

 

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