A Female Can Rule First

Britain’s Parliament approved for the final time on Monday, April 22, 2013, a bill which would end the tradition of men making precedence over women in the line of succession to the throne. This means that the new law will be applied to the baby expected by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

This change ensures that if Prince William and Kate have a girl first, she will become queen, and if she has a son in the future, he won’t be able to jump her in line for the throne. This also permits an heir to the throneto marry a Catholic, although Catholics will still be barred from succeeding to the throne. This former law has dated back to the 1701 Act of Settlement.

The expected royal baby will be third in line to the throne after Prince William and his father Prince Charles. The baby is expected to arrive in July.

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