After more than 300 years of the first-born male heir being the successor to the throne in the United Kingdom, Commonwealth leaders have voted that male and female heirs have equal right to the throne. Sure, kings and queens these days are pretty much just figureheads rather than political decision-makers — but at least this highly visible position is no longer tailored just for a boy.
Under the old laws, the only time a female could succeed the throne was if there were no sons born to the line. All these monarchy rules seem pretty antiquated, but if the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (you know, William and Kate!) were to have a daughter first before this change, she would be passed up for the throne until a younger son was born. Now, if the rumors have any substance to them, if Kate gives birth to a girl, she could someday be queen.
Oh, plus, the Commonwealth said it’s OK for the monarch to marry a Roman Catholic now, since it was previously banned. Just in case you want to update your trivia knowledge! [via BBC News]
Female equality in all forms is a reason to say hooray!
What do you think, Lovelies? Glad that a future baby daughter of William and Kate’s has an unprecedented chance to be queen?