Queen Elizabeth Decrees That Prince William & Kate Middleton’s Daughter Will Have The Title Of Princess

'Lady' Isn't Good Enough

Back in October of 2011, before we knew that Kate Middleton the Duchess of Cambridge was pregnant with her first child with husband Prince William of Wales, we learned that the push was on to formally amend the UK rules of royal succession so that if the royal couple gave birth to a baby girl first, she would be next in line for the throne. According to the old rules of succession, only a boy child would be in line for the throne. Today we learn that Queen Elizabeth has weighed in on the matter and has royally decreed that Kate‘s daughter, should she have one, will have the title of Princess, a title more befitting a female child that will likely become Queen one day.

The Queen has spoken! Wanting to ensure that if the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have a daughter that she will have a proper title, Her Majesty has issued a formal decree that the royal arrival would be known as a princess. Up until now, following a century-old decree by George V, only the eldest son of the Prince of Wales’s eldest son could have the title prince. That would have meant that any daughter that William and Kate might have would have been called “lady.” The declaration was signaled in the London Gazette Wednesday, although the Queen made the decision on New Year’s Eve. And the decree covers all future children of the couple. It says, “The Queen has been pleased by Letters Patentunder the Great Seal of the Realm dated 31 December 2012 to declare that all the children of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales should have and enjoy the style, title and attribute of royal highness with the titular dignity of Prince or Princess prefixed to their Christian names or with such other titles of honour.” The move is in line with the proposed changes in legislation to remove gender discrimination in the line of succession. The U.K. government and those across the Commonwealth have started the process of updating the laws so that a first-born girl could succeed to the throne regardless of whether or not she is followed by a boy.

The UK rules of royal succession haven’t yet been changed completely to allow for Kate‘s possible daughter to be first in line for the throne (after her father Prince William) but it seems pretty evident that that’s the way things will work out. This decree by Queen Elizabeth that the couple’s possible daughter be born with the title of Princess is just another move toward removing gender bias in the rules of succession. I don’t know about y’all but this decree sounds to me like the British Royal Family is letting us know that Kate is having a girl. I mean, it’s not official yet but … doesn’t it feel like that’s what they’re telling us?

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  1. Is it beyond horrible that I’m jealous? Damn, I wanna be a princess!

  2. I hope it’s a Princess!

  3. I’m not sure how this removes gender discrimination? “Prince” “Princess” “Lady” “Duke”.. all pretty clear which gender it is to me, LOL. If anyone cares to help me understand, feel free.

    • I think because if it was a boy, it would automatically get the title of “Prince” but if it was a girl, it would get the title of “Lady”… I could be wrong, but that’s how this article reads to me.

  4. Susan

    Sounds like a girl announcement to me! But it could just be wishful thinking on my part… I don’t think she’s far enough along yet for them to know for sure.

  5. Noelle

    Could just be a precaution in case it’s a girl. They don’t need to amend rules for a boy since he would be a Prince already anyway. Either way the baby is bound to be cute

  6. RJT

    This is incorrect. According to the current succession laws, a female child would still be in line for the throne, but would be bumped further down the line if a brother was born later.

    • @RJT — “a female child would still be in line for the throne, but would be bumped further down the line if a brother was born later.”

      Yes, exactly.

  7. Katheine is not monarhy hier to royal bloodline.Katherine maybe married to William but is not monarchy to have her children with royal terms of princess or prince.Hrh Prince Henry is above William.William because he married workingclass blood,which goes against royal requirements to remain insucesson to all royal life and right at birth.

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