New Succession to the Crown Act Could Change Kate Middleton's Baby's Life

It's finally the twenty-first century in Britain! The Succession to the Crown Act came into force on Thursday, March 26, it could potentially change Kate Middleton's second child's life. The act puts an end to male primogeniture, which means that if Kate and Will have a daughter, she won't be overtaken in the line of succession by any younger brothers.

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Until now, a girl could only inherit the crown if she had no brothers, regardless of their ages. That means that if Kate's second child is a girl, and she and William decided to have a third and it was a boy, that child would've come before his big sis in the line of succession. Talk about sexism!

There are other changes too, including allowing royals to wed Roman Catholics (yup, it was illegal before), and only the first six royals in line have to seek permission from the Sovereign to get married. Since there are technically more than 5,000 people in the royal line, there are more than a few marriages out there that are technically invalid, since they likely never got permission from Queen Elizabeth to tie the knot.

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The changes were first agreed upon in 2011, and passed in the UK in 2013. It's taken two years, but it is just now being universally enforced upon all 16 of the Commonwealth realms. It's the first time the succession law has been changed in 300 years!

It states, "The gender of a person born after 28 October 2011 does not give that person, or that person's descendants, precedence over any other person (whenever born)."

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg called it a "historic moment". He said, "I am proud the British Parliament has taken this step to end centuries of religious and gender discrimination. The government will soon introduce the Succession to the Crown Bill, which will make our old-fashioned rules fit for the 21st century."

It's about dang time!

Did you know that girls in the royal family weren't given equal rights to their brothers?

 

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