Power to the princesses

In a landmark decision made by Commonwealth powers it has been agreed that first-born daughters of the British Royal family are going to be allowed to succeed to the throne.

The old succession laws date back more than 300 years and decreed that it would always be the eldest boy born to the monarch who would succeed upon the end of previous reign, but after 16 Commonwealth countries agreed that succession laws should be changed this will no longer be the case.

Previously, only where there were no sons born to a monarch would a daughter be crowned as queen.

David Cameron hailed the landmark change by saying, "The idea that a younger son should become monarch instead of an elder daughter simply because he is a man... this way of thinking is at odds with the modern countries that we have become."

Australia's Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, said, "I'm very enthusiastic about it. You would expect the first Australian woman prime minister to be very enthusiastic about a change which equals equality for women in a new area."

So, if the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate, were to have a daughter as their first child, then she could become Queen in precedence of any later siblings who were boys.

And I think it’s about time too – if we’re about to have gender differentiation scrapped in car insurance, then why should boys get a better deal than girls when it comes to ruling the land!

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