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Could there be a wave of girl power taking over the monarchy?

Right now, according to the Act of Settlement, which determines royal succession, Prince William and Kate Middleton's first-born son would be next in line (after his father) to the British throne -- even if he had an older sister. But Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, hopes to reform the "discriminatory" rules, allowing the couple's oldest daughter to accede ahead of any younger siblings.

Although William and Kate hadn't even walked down the aisle yet, speculation about the birth date of their first child has already started, with many expecting a baby to arrive within a year after the wedding. And, if you believe supermarket tabloid reports, a bun may already be in the royal oven.

The possible arrival of a newborn princess puts some urgency on the government, but any constitutional changes could take years and would need to be implemented in the 15 commonwealth countries. Plus, more important matters, such as the deficit, may postpone any immediate efforts to rewrite history.

In 2005, a bill was introduced to give female royals the same rights as male heirs, but it was dismissed because Princes William and Harry were not near the altar.

Fast forward to today. In less than two weeks, William will marry Kate, who some are claiming will be the royal family's savior. Even Queen Elizabeth II is said to agree with the revisions, although she's forbidden to publicly voice her views so as not to influence any political decisions.

This latest proposal, which was presented to the House of Commons earlier this week, is slated for debate in May. Until then, there's a wedding to plan.

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  • Richard

    i thought that Prince Charles is next in line after his mother, Queen Elizabeth. Why would his son's potential son be considered next in line? Probably just a poorly worded statement. What else is new on here?

    Also, since Great Britain doesn't have a Constitution, in the sense that we do, all laws passed by Parliament become part of their "constitution". No lenthy amendment process.

  • red

    I think that was common knowledge for years. Next in line is his eldest son. For some reason, he was barred from inheriting the throne. I forgot why.

  • Fred

    Right now, and as long as he lives, Prince Charles in next in line, then William. Assuming he outlives his mother, Charles will be king upon her passing. William will have to wait until Charles dies to become king. The succession is male primogeniture, i.e. the monarch's first born son is next up. A woman only becomes queen if the reigning monarch has no male children. The issue raised here is the possibility of simple primogeniture, i.e. first born in next in line regardless of gender.

  • Susan

    Since Charles divorced Diana and then married Camilla, it is thought that there is no public respect for him. It is widely thought that the Queen will skip him as the next king and appoint William, which is probable. If that is the case (the queen is 85!), the issue becomes more important with William's marriage and probable future child. It is considered primitive and sexist to skip a female child as a future heir, in light of current culture. Besides, Queen Elizabeth has done a decent job in the mind of most British.

  • NiteBear

    From what i understand of british law or traditions regarding the royal line, when both Charles and William married commoners, they gave up their places in the line of succession to the throne.

  • Andrea Coliefscu

    Yes. If she ends up having a horse face like the rest of the royals, it is quite possible. and by horse face I mean the back end of the horse.

    Why do you crazy Americans even care about this ugly family?

  • john blahuta

    if william becomes king and has no sons , only one or more daughters, the eldest one would be first in line for the throne after william....

  • john blahuta

    then no amendments would be necessary (at least for now...)

  • qsfoxx

    As long as there is some predisposition for reform why not select the best-qualified child regardless of gender or birth order? That might very well save the monarchy from the occasional dysfunctional heir to the throne such as Charles, who stole another man's wife and took her unto himself. Yes, I know that she had become divorced before it was in the open, but Charles clearly coveted another man's wife, and that one of the Big Ten on the list of no-no's. Christains and Jews know full well what that means, and such a defiant act will surely have long term consequences as was the case for King David.

  • lecturenotes2

    Prince Charles will die before his mother--Queen Elizabeth II. He look so tired.

  • Mary

    The greatest rulers England ever had were all women. Elizabeth the first... Victoria.... and the current Elizabeth... all the greatest of rulers and all women!

    I think perhaps they would be wise in this modern day to change that sexist law as, according to history, women seem to make the best of rulers in England!

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