This week the world was overjoyed at the news that the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William are expecting a baby although she is currently in a private hospital with severe morning sickness.
The news and celebration of the baby has since probed Commonwealth countries to agree changes to the line of succession rules. This has created huge international interest and bets are already being taken to guess the gender and the name of the unborn baby.
The order of succession is the order of members of the Royal Family in which they stand in line to the throne. The change will mean the royal couple’s baby will definitely become monarch, regardless of whether it is a boy or a girl.
As quoted from an article from the Daily Mail “The law of primogeniture had once meant boys leapfrogged older sisters” in line to the throne. This new law would then resolve this discriminative issue and create gender equality. Click this video to see a BBC article and video of Nick Clegg announcing the news. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20600543
According to The Official Website of British Monarchy, the line of succession is currently consists of 40 people, the top four being:
1. The Prince of Wales
2. The Duke of Cambridge
3. Prince Henry of Wales
4. The Duke of York
The new legislation will mean that male heirs will no longer take precedence over women in line to the throne. Even though I personally do not have much interest in the Royal Family; I feel that this is a step in the right direction towards gender equality.
What are your views? And more importantly, take our poll to vote whether you think the baby will be a boy or girl!
Written by Lisa Hammerton