Welcome to the new millennium, Royal Family!
Great news, Gorgeouses! There has been a new ruling: should Prince William and Duchess Catherine have a girl first, she will be first in line to the throne — even if she has brothers. Sayonara, 1701 Act of Settlement! (More below….)
The leaders of 16 commonwealth countries, including Canada, agreed to the rule change — after centuries!
Here’s what the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, said in a speech at the Commonwealth conference in Perth, Australia:
The idea that a younger son should become monarch instead of an elder daughter simply because he’s a man, or that a future monarch can marry someone of any faith except a Catholic — this way of thinking is at odds with the modern countries that we’ve all become.
…Put simply, if the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were to have a little girl, that girl would one day be our queen. (qtd. in LA Times)
The Catholic marriage ban was also lifted. Here’s what Prime Minister Stephen Harper had to say:
There was universal agreement, unanimous agreement that these changes simply recognize the equality of women and Catholics and they’re long overdue. (qtd. in CTV.ca)
Revolutionary, huh, Gorgeouses?!